Category Archives: A Step Ahead

Truth Serum

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The other day I overheard a mother-daughter exchange that really made me pause. The 5-year old was hanging on a grocery cart while she stood in line with her mother, and both were extremely bored. The girl was gripping the cage of the cart, leaning back so that her long hair nearly touched the floor. Her mother told her to stop it and stand still. The girl pulled herself up and mumbled something about being “just like daddy’s wife.” Whatever … Continue reading

Posted in A Step Ahead, August 2013, Columns, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

The Art Of Leaving Items “Undone”

In beginning a career—whether it is straight out of trade school, college, or high school—you are told that the way to make an impression and “move up” is to get things done. If people can put their faith in you, that will take you a long way. There is a good chance that a promotion may then ensue. The apprentice becomes the partner, the ally. Now you need to show you can REALLY get things done and not just be … Continue reading

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Game Changers

A few minutes into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII, a Baltimore Ravens receiver returned a kickoff 108 yards, tying a NFL record, and with the score 28-6, essentially putting the last nail in the coffin of the San Francisco 49ers. Seconds later, most of the lights went out in the New Orleans Superdome, and the game had to be stopped. Once the game resumed after a 34-minute delay, something odd happened. The Ravens lost their momentum. In short, … Continue reading

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Make Integrity A Mainstay

“Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here’s Charlie. He’s come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It’s the right path. It’s a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy’s future in your hands, committee. It’s a valuable … Continue reading

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Teaching Toughness

There are times in life when you can't just coast on through. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / creatista

Comedian/actor Dennis Leary has written several books that have the same common-sense, knock-you-upside-the-head candor. Also, Leary’s voice can be heard on the Ford truck commercials urging viewers to “listen up” and “get it straight.” He’s become an icon of the tough-guy attitude and the whole “get-over-yourself” mindset. I identify with his pleas to the men in this country to “just stop whining.” In some of his writings, he has actually thanked the former bullies in his life as well as … Continue reading

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