Development – Audio TidBits Podcast

Your children’s development starts with their 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 your role is to help your 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 your children’ adjustment throughout their journey to adulthood.

The emotional dimension is equally important. Here are found feelings, fears and frustrations, sadness and joy, disappointment and excitement, love and hate, fun and futility. Your growing children experience all of these emotions and must learn how to interpret them, how to express them, and how to manage them. …

Aliens Editorialize – No Rush To Judgement – Audio TidBits Podcast

We have intercepted this broadcast on its way out to you and are compelled to include this disclaimer before permitting it to pass into the broadcast arena. We are hereby asserting that the broadcast is an Editorial and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the leadership back on our home planet. With that disclaimer duly entered, we are letting the broadcast continue on its way to you.


Editorial: We don’t want to just rush thoughtlessly into this broadcast but we were able to tap into a broadcast by a famous political broadcasting Earth human who demonstrated what we thought was very peculiar logic. He was asked if he believed a survey that reported that eighty percent of America humans think that the dreamers should be permitted to stay in the America pod. We are sure that he is not one to rush to conclusions but he did share his reasoning process. …

Bonus: Management Excellence – Audio TidBits Podcast

All management is based on guiding principles; and the effectiveness of management derives from those principles. This is true whether the principles are appropriate or inappropriate, reasonable or unreasonable, consistent or inconsistent. Similarly, the derivative nature of management holds whether the guiding principles are vague or well-defined, followed faithfully or haphazardly, applied day-to-day by managers who are highly skilled or fundamentally incompetent. Effective management, then, is a product of:


  • Guiding principles that are appropriate, reasonable, and consistent;


  • Managers who clearly understand the guiding principles, faithfully adhere to them, and who are fundamentally competent.


It follows from this that the effectiveness of an organization’s management is a product of the Principle/People equation:


  • Principles + People = Outcomes. …

Expectations for Children – Audio TidBits Podcast

You want your children to become effective, successful adults. Reaching this goal begins with having clear notions about what qualities and characteristics effective and successful adults share. You then encourage them in your children. Alternatively, those qualities and characteristics not found in effective and successful adults should be discouraged.

Most all adult characteristics, good or bad, are seen in children at some stage in their development. Small children, for example, take things that do not belong to them. With adults, this is called stealing. Three- and four-year-old children have temper tantrums as a normal part of their emotional development. If they still have tantrums when they are twenty-five or thirty years old, it is clearly unacceptable. Small children frequently misrepresent what has happened and do not tell parents how things really are. In adults, this is called lying.

Small children are loving and affectionate. Hopefully, they are still that way when they are grown. Small children are spontaneous and enthusiastic. If all goes well, they are still that way when they are adults. Qualities and characteristics desirable or undesirable in adults should be encouraged and discouraged as your children grow and mature.

Agency Creation: Iteration One

As a project transforms from an ad hoc initiative by a concerned group of people to a mature human services agency, there are many points at which things can and often do go astray. These range from the relatively minor and inconsequential to points where the process shifts significantly off the intended track. What the Initiators intend is only more or less realized. At times, the result has little but a vague relationship to the original intent. Let’s explore the creation process for human services agencies and see how things go right and how they go wrong. …

The Helping Triangle

The Helping Triangle developed in this chapter is what
Legerton and Castelloe 1999 call an organic model, “…one developed primarily through active participation in social life e.g., primarily through practice rather than independence from social life e.g., primarily through academic reflection.”  In the Introduction, we saw how people helping people represents human services at their most basic level. You see someone in distress and decide to do what you can to help. Perhaps you recruit a few of your friends to pitch in and help too. Usually this ad hoc human services provision works fine and you and your friends move on with your lives. Sometimes though, this generous level of help is insufficient. There are more people needing help than you and your friends can manage, you have other priorities, you do not have the resources needed to provide the help people need. Instead of just walking away, you decide to create a human services agency with sufficient resources to provide the needed help on an ongoing basis. Help will be there for the people who need it, when they need it, for as long as they need it.

Perhaps this does not seem like anything you will do or can do. If asked If not you, then who? You answer They will. This clearly puts you with the majority. Most people do not notice the distress of others and most of those who do simply walk away. The good news is a few people do notice and a few of those who notice choose not to walk away. If you are among those who choose not to walk away, understanding the Helping Triangle as explained in the iterations below and in later chapters enables you to create a human services agency that can and will provide the help the people in distress need. The model is a product of many years of trial and error; it is an organic model known to work in real world situations. It will not help you decide if you will stick around and help; but if you do, understanding the Helping Triangle makes it likely you can do what needs done. With this assurance in mind, let’s consider how human services agencies are created. For alternative perspectives and approaches, see Brueggemann, 2006 and Netting, Kettner, & McMurtry, 2008. These authors focus on macro social work which is generally inclusive of the concepts and processes incorporated into this organic model. Additionally, Fauri, Wernet, & Netting, 2008, provide a thoughtful collection of case examples highlighting macro practice within a variety of situations and contexts.


Discipline has a negative side as it relates to rules, boundaries, and to the life-circle. Somewhat simplistically, this has to do with making your children mind and assuring they avoid unnecessary risks. Discipline also has a positive side. It encourages your children to participate in those activities and experiences that are good for them, even though this Sometimes means insisting.

Here are the most important principles underlying effective discipline.

Your discipline should be reasonable, fair, and effective. …

The Conversation – Audio TidBits Podcast

Sally and Tyler are relaxing on the patio at a restaurant near their office. This is Tyler’s first day working with Sally and they are taking some time just to get to know each other. Sally has an ice breaker for their conversation. Please listen in to see how they get their working relationship off to a comfortable start.