Rhythmic Excursion

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a new post with you. OK, it has been quite a while. For my first post for a very long time, I thought a rhythmic excursion might be just what you have been hoping I would have for you. Well, here it is. I hope it was worth the wait.

You Don’t Say Congressman Brown?

I was actually there when the Congressman spoke and can assure you that “You Don’t Say Congressman Brown” is a perfectly appropriate title. Since I do not have a membership card for the group, The Congressman’s security people would not let me get any closer. For the audio, I would have like to be closer but I think you will be able to hear what the Congressman had to say or didn’t have to say, depending on your perspective. Here is Congressman Brown’s complete talk. You can surely judge for yourself.

But New Will Not Come

What do you get when you mix two adults, a young boy, city traffic, a storm and constant rain? Well, it may not be as uncomfortable as you might expect. Have a listen and see if joining the trip might not just be the way you have been looking for to spend five minutes or so.

Aliens, Homeless, Violence, Infrastructure, Taxes & Mean-spirited Politicians – Aliens Amongst Us

This is a landmark transmission from the Aliens Amongst Us. It is their first venture out to fully pass as human. They are meeting with their Congressman to share their views about the Homeless, Violence, Infrastructure, Taxes & Mean-spirited Politicians. Will Congressman Brown personally meet with them and take their concerns seriously? I urge you to listen and learn for yourself what the outcome of their venture is.

Ecological Human Services Management

Thanks for the chance to tell you about Ecological Human Services Management: An Organic Model for Practice. If you are a student, a human services professional or are just interested in management and organizational development, this book presents ideas and approaches that will serve your interests quite well. Let me tell you more about the book.

Ecological Human Services Management: An Organic Model for Practice has a limited and focused purpose: to initiate, implement, and manage human services. The practice model is explicated through the establishment of a new human services agency; but the approach, strategies, and techniques also apply to initiating new programs and services within an existing agency structure. The model shows how to transition from an identified, unmet human services need to clients benefiting from an array of helpful services provided by a successfully functioning human services agency.

Chapter One (The Helping Triangle) discusses the path from someone having difficulty coping with his (or her) life issues to his becoming an agency client who is receiving services enabling him to cope better.

Chapter Two (Leadership VS. Management) highlights the Leadership Team and shows how to complete the steps and activities discussed in the chapter and how to develop the Leadership Perspective from which the Team can successfully participate within the agency’s incorporating environment.

Chapter Three (Successful Leadership Connections) shows developing successful leadership connections is a relatively complex process but can be Managed effectively by agency staff members who meet the criteria included in the Leadership Connection Assessment presented in the chapter.

Chapter Four (The Management Team) discusses how the Management Team implements the policies, rules, and guidelines promulgated for the agency by the authorizing entities with which the agency is associated.

Chapter Five (Establishing the Agency) explains how we know who agency clients should be and understand the issues and difficulties they are having coping with the problems in their lives. Readers examine the resources and opportunities Potential Clients have as they struggle to cope and appreciate that their struggles relate mostly to their limited access to opportunities and resources other people access on a private, self-directed basis.

Chapter Six (Structuring the Internal Agency Eco System) brings forward the working model for services delivery developed in the previous chapter and established as the core function of the agency eco system. Using this working model, the secondary functions circle is conceptually developed, with accountability, responsibility, and authority delegated from the agency Board to its CEO and the Executive Function and then to various secondary functions such as Administrative Services, Fiscal Services, Human Resources Services, etc.

Chapter Seven (Staffing the Agency) points out how readers can understand the agency’s internal eco system in terms of the elements and entities within the system. The internal eco system is also understood in terms of the people who accept the duties and responsibilities involved in assuring the agency’s internal eco system functions successfully.

Chapter Eight (Meta Management) discusses strategies for better assuring the agency eco system functions efficiently and effectively. The eco system in principle is self-regulating and sustains its functioning indefinitely in the absence of drift. Unfortunately, drift is an ever-present, unavoidable ingredient of human services agency life.

The first Appendix includes suggested Management Guidelines for a human services agency.

The second Appendix presents The Ten Commandments of Management. Here, readers have a capsule view of the key elements needed for Management excellence.

Your copy of the book can be found in the Kindle Store on Amazon or by clicking the books cover image in the sidebar on LeadershipShop.net. I think you will find the book helpful.

Aliens, Sexual Harassment, Taxes & The Alien Leader In The Capital City – Aliens Amongst Us

Hey folks, the Aliens Amongst Us seem to find things here on Earth confusing for them. They are having trouble understanding all the news about sexual harassment, taxes and the activities of their leader in the capital city. It’s a new approach for them to request advice and guidance from their home planet. They want to tap into the Brain Bank back on their home planet. It’s sort of like Googling for truth. Please listen and come to your own conclusions.

Ever Wish You Were A Philosopher?

When I was in high school, I thought it would be very cool to be a physicist. I don’t think I actually knew what physicists did but thought it probably had something to do with rockets. Although I don’t recall considering becoming a rocket scientist, I did think going to MIT would be a fine goal.

I pursued that idea until I discovered that I would actually have to move to Massachusetts if I chose to pursue that goal. Sure, I already knew that but the reality hadn’t sunk in yet. When it did, staying closer to home seemed like a much better plan.

To make a short story even shorter, I decided that Ohio University and I would be a much better fit.

Did I still want to be a physicist? Yes but only for about five minutes. I took a class in philosophy and was hooked. Not hooked like that would be my life work but hooked like this is a lot more fun than physics.

As is true for many if not most twenty-year-olds, life and living led me in other directions but the philosophy bug still had me.

Let me share a few points that I would have spent years pondering had I stuck with philosophy. The points are far from profound but do capture a bit of my personal philosophy. If you want, you can consider how they fit with your take on life and living.

OK, that’s enough of the preliminaries. Here are thirty or so things I think worth considering. They work for me and may well work for you. Just press play and away you go.

Aliens, Truth, Justice & The American Way, I think – Aliens Amongst Us

I can’t tell who is an Alien Amongst Us and who is a normal human like us. I will leave that to you. A few of the Aliens Amongst Us have joined some regular people at Starbucks for a cup and a chat. I think the Aliens Amongst Us are close to being fully integrated into the Earth society. As you will hear, they are really getting into what is happening and what it all means. Please listen and draw whatever conclusions you think are appropriate.

Your Vision for Your Children

Think about your children and about your hopes and dreams for them and for their futures. At the same time, think about your role, about what your commitment is. Your hopes for and commitment to your children is your “vision” for them.

Here is a sample vision statement that you can use as a starting point as you develop your personal vision statement. Please work with the statement until it reflects your vision for your children and your commitment to them. You may want to add items, delete items, or change items. Your goal is to make the vision statement yours.

After each item in your vision statement, write a sentence or two about why you think it’s important.

My children:

●Must have their needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, and spiritual nurturing met.

●Deserve my unconditional love and respect.

●Must develop a strong sense of self-worth and personal esteem.

●Are entitled to live in a safe, nurturing home where they can develop to their fullest potentials.

●Must learn how to be responsible, contributing members of the community.

What else should be in this section of your personal vision statement to make it right for you?



The Alien Leader In The Capital City Is On The Hot Seat – Aliens Amongst Us

The Central Council on the home planet of the Aliens Amongst Us has scheduled a transmission to get feedback on their Leader in the Capital City from the Aliens Amongst Us here on Earth. I’m not sure how the participants were selected; but each has been asked to share his or her opinions and impressions of the activities and strategies of their leader in the capital city. Although I was not able to capture this transmission in real time, the Aliens Amongst Us have chosen to put it on the Aliens Amongst Us feed so it is here for you. Please listen and see if you concur with their assessment of their leader in the capital city.

I’ve Had It!

Do I have a deal for you. If you’re like me, you are usually on your best behavior, trying to get along, trying to work things out in an environment that is frequently not nearly as considerate as you. It’s enough to make you pull out your hair, if you still have any left from the last time your supervisor came close to driving you to drink.

Would you like some techniques and strategies for rocking that boat, for just giving up on all that counting to ten and holding your breath? The Audio Tidbits podcast team has been there too and is here for you with just the advice you have been looking for. We aren’t quite ready to encourage you to take the tips seriously but they are here for you the next time you have had it, as they say who are at the end of their rope when it comes to patience and making nice.

Please press play, listen and then use your best judgement, if you have any judgement left after having to put up with those people.

Children & Strong Negative Emotions

Does your child pout and become hard to live with?

All children have some way of handling it when they don’t get their way. They have their own ways of reacting when things do not work out as they want. They have ways of dealing with a world they think is sometimes unfair.

Two of their choices are temper tantrums and pouting. Most children use one or the other once in a while.

Just to be fair, answer this question. When you get angry or frustrated, are you more likely to pout or have a little temper tantrum? How about others at your home? When things do not go the way they want them to go, do they pout or have tantrums? Just keep in mind that your child may not be the only one having trouble handling things.

Also, take a minute to think about a child who neither pouts nor has temper tantrums. This can be much worse than either pouting or temper tantrums. Why? Because it often means the child is just accepting whatever happens. Even worse, she has gotten to where she no longer has any feelings about what happens to her. She does not care or thinks what she feels does not matter. This is a very bad sign.

What is your child doing when she pouts? She is angry, frustrated, or upset about something. She mainly feels angry. She does not talk about it or try to work out her problem. Instead, she pouts and makes it rough for other people.

What can you do? Think about what upset her. Maybe what happened was unfair or she really was treated badly. Either way, pouting about it is a problem.

Say, “I have thought about what happened. We can talk about it if you want to. Here is my problem right now. You have a right to feel how you feel but pouting about it is not your best choice. I think it would be better if you either got up and over it or at least talked about it. It is your choice. Here is what I am going to do. I am going to do nothing unless you choose to talk with me about it. You can pout or talk. It’s your choice. If you choose to pout, please do it in your room.” Now leave it alone. Her only choice is to behave more appropriately or be by herself.

May I Drive You Up The Wall, Please?

In the world of people who drive us up the wall, Committee Players are among the most frustrating. You do know about Committee Players, don’t you? On the off chance you don’t, in this episode of the Leadership Shop Podcast, you are about to find out all there is to know about these exasperating types.

Children, Sexual Abuse, and Truth

Whether responsible judgements can be made about things that did or did not happen based on interviews with very young children is a topic that receives a lot of attention. Specifically, the question is whether pre-school children can tell us when they have been sexually abused and whether what they tell us can be believed. This is a complex issue and cannot be answered in simple yes/no terms. Rather, it requires an understanding of child development, an understanding of the kinds of events that prompt concern, and the process that leads to seeing events from the child’s perspective.

The development of children is multidimensional and continuous from birth through adolescence.

“Children have a physical, doing dimension. It incorporates their physical bodies, their potentials and capacities to do and behave, and most of what is visible in terms of their actions and activities. Part of each parent’s role is to help his or her children grow to respect and appreciate their physical abilities and skills, to know how to behave in a variety of situations, and to recognize and utilize their physical capacities and potentials. This physical, doing dimension starts at infancy and is central to kids’ adjustment throughout their ongoing, on-growing journey to adulthood.

“The same level of importance holds for the emotional dimension of children. Here are found feelings, fears and frustrations, sadness and joy, disappointment and excitement, love and hate, fun and futility. Growing children experience all of these emotions and need to learn how to interpret them, how to express them, and how to manage them. For example, kids must learn to express anger without having tantrums, to deal with despair and disappointment without becoming destructively depressed, to express love and joy without getting into harmful or inappropriate relationships. Within this dimension, children must learn to deal with the internal experience of emotions as well as how to express their feelings effectively and appropriately.

“Around the age of four or five the moral, spiritual dimension begins to emerge. Effectively helping children develop a solid sense of right and wrong, good and bad, requires that their parents are clear about their own values and beliefs in these areas. Success in this dimension is critical to success in the social dimension that emerges about the same time. When kids are about five or six, the social dimension becomes dominate and begins to interact with the other developing dimensions. The social dimension embraces the child’s potential to interact with other children and adults and to become socially effective and self-determined.

“By about eleven or twelve, the young person’s emerging sexual dimension begins dynamically interacting with the other developing dimensions. Sexual behavior and attitudes that are appropriate and inappropriate, healthy and unhealthy, effective and ineffective are best conveyed to maturing adolescents by parents who have thought through the issues.

“For younger children, ‘sexual’ behavior normally is not related to interests and interactions associated with ‘adult’ sexuality. Rather, it is related to physical and gender interest and curiosity. If ‘adult’ interests or specifically ‘sexual’ content is present, a specialized consultation is indicated to assess possible sexual abuse or inappropriate sexual experience.”

24 Quotes For Parents

The podcasting team has a round robin for all the parents among us. The key is to just listen and magically, the quotation that was written just for you will be the one that sticks in your memory tomorrow. You may think none will but nonetheless one will. Listen and experience the magic for yourself.

A Short History Of Politics

In a short history of politics, a real historian would conduct extensive research and thoroughly examine original documents and seek out best evidence for everything he or she includes. But since I am definitely not a real historian, I am choosing to construct this history from the comments and observations of a collection of not necessarily qualified pundits who are mostly putting their opinions and biases out there without validation. Actually this isn’t all that much of a history. It would probably be better characterized as a loosely connected collection of things said by people who thought at the time that what they had to say was worth the time spent by others to listen. The only thing they have in common is that the pronouncements more or less relate to politics. Let me give you an example that will help you decide what I should call it. …

Leadership & Dark Matter

Abstract: Leadership is a product of the dark matter in the world of organizations. Like the dark
matter in the cosmos, leadership is hypothesized to exist, although its
existence can, for the most part, only be inferred from actual observable
conditions, events, and circumstances that include successful conclusion of
“leadership events.” Thus, leadership actualizes as a transactional event that
occurs between the leader and his or her colleagues. (Northouse, 2004, p. 3)
Putting the point in a different frame, teams and team work (leadership events)
are not just the best leadership strategy, they are the only leadership
strategy available to us.

The Game That Has No Name

Once upon a time an eon or so ago, or maybe it was yesterday, I’m sure I myself don’t know, in a far far land a galaxy or two away, or perhaps it was just next door, It’s not for me to say, Three young space beings were enthusiastically playing a game, but unfortunately for our story, it was the game that has no name.

Do you want to play? Don’t be too quick to jump in. You may want to listen to this episode before you commit.

Aliens Are Amongst Us & Passing … They Think – Aliens Amongst Us

Hey folks, thanks for letting me slip in here again. As you have already heard, the Aliens Amongst Us have nearly completely captured and taken over the Aliens Amongst Us feed. Even so, I have managed to hack back in without the Aliens Amongst Us catching on so far. I was able to eavesdrop on a conversation they were having amongst themselves when they did not know anyone was listening. They have come out into the public and are totally passing as human, or so they think. Please keep this on the quiet since I don’t want them to block me out again. For now, just let me share this conversation with you. I will let it stand as is without any further comment.