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Brothers & Sisters

June 26th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Our brothers and sisters do not usually intend to annoy us. Actually, they never intended to be our brothers and sisters. It just worked out that way. Please listen to this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast to see if you can spot your siblings in the mix.

I Think I Can | So I Will

June 25th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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I think I can so I will. There is not much more to say about this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. Please listen and decide whether you can too.

Leadership, Myth & Charisma

June 23rd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thanks for joining us for this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. In this episode, focus is on leadership from what may not be a particularly popular point of view. Perhaps leadership is not something real but is but a myth accepted for no other reason but that it is the easy explanation. Please listen and decide what you think about the issue.

Relating Long Term (21)

June 22nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thanks for joining us for this special episode of the How To Matter podcast. James has developed a series about how to matter with people with whom you have a long term relationship. You are about to hear one of the episodes from the series. If you subscribed to the podcast from GaryCrow.net or from your favorite podcast player, all of the previous episodes in the series are there for you. Please enjoy this episode now.

Children: Our Most Important Resource?

June 21st, 2017 by Gary Crow

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“Children are our most important resource.” I picked up a book about #ChildWelfare practice today that started with this interesting assertion. It was simply presented as a given, with no further justification or explanation. That is not surprising since I have heard it so many times that it is nearly a cliché.

 

I would like to be able to say that I questioned the assertion the first time I heard it but unfortunately I did not. It sounded right so I took it for granted that it was right. For some reason I don’t understand, the concept struck me as very odd when I read it today. Instead of glossing over the assertion and getting to the real content of the book, I was stuck. I could not get past the idea that children are a resource and especially the notion that they are our most important resource.

 

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I explore this generally held belief and question whether it is true. Spoiler: I don’t think it is. Please listen and see what you think.

Adaptive Leadership (012)

June 20th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Misunderstandings, Power, Inclusion & Fire Prevention

 

In this episode in our adaptive leadership series, focus is on handling misunderstandings, the use of power and control, inclusion and avoiding the situation where the leader spends most of his or her time putting out fires. Sure, it is complicated but adaptive leadership is far from simple. May I suggest that you go back and listen to the earlier episodes if you have not already considered them. Once you have done that, this episode will more clearly fit into your adaptive leadership tool box.

To Do | Details | panjandrums | Spam & Petitions

June 19th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has another idea generator session for you. As you will notice, the entries are not altogether connected but do share one element. They are each useful if you think about how they can add to your wheelhouse. Please listen and learn, as Simon likes to advise us.

 

#Is work piling up and there’s just too much to do?

Are you getting frustrated with things backing up on you?

Does your to-do list keep getting longer with no end in sight?

Would you stop and relax if you weren’t so up-tight?

 

#Every situation, set of circumstances, problem, or issue has its broad-brush look and feel. From that perspective, it takes on its special definition. Given that definition, Simon can draw on his insight and experience and take appropriate action. He does not need the details to know what to do. In fact, he is so oriented to managing people and processes at this level that he quickly becomes impatient with those who insist on providing far more detail than Simon wants or needs.

 

#Do you know about panjandrums? I didn’t before taking time to do some extensive research. – I looked the word up in the dictionary. – If panjandrum is one of your personal walking around words, I am more than a bit impressed. It’s true I probably am only impressed because I had never heard the word; and your knowing but not me, makes me think you are likely a panjandrum yourself, at least in the vocabulary department.

 

#SPAM is here to stay so knowing how to spot it and what to do with it are self-protection skills everyone who has an email account seriously needs. Of course, there are free SPAM filters, SPAM blockers that can be purchased for $19.95 or $29.95 or more if you have lots of extra cash, or SPAM detectives that will stop SPAM, block pop-up ads, and probably protect you from cyber monsters. All of these products are potentially useful and may even work. While you are deciding which protection you will buy, here are a few tips I have discovered that don’t cost anything and work pretty well for me, at least so far.

 

#I think it is appropriate to end this idea generator session with a situation where success was not the expected or actual outcome. I do this for those of us who have to content ourselves with not winning every time. Even if I weren’t a winner in the petition game, I still think I have a point. Let me share and then you decide for yourself.

Happy Father’s Day

June 17th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Hey Dad, I made this little episode for you a while back but it still holds today. I miss you.

Depressed?

June 17th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Depression is not a topic most of us like to think about all that much. Why? Well, it’s depressing.

 

Even so, many of us are depressed and some of us are seriously depressed. For those of us, this episode may help in understanding and, more importantly, may help in taking steps to manage the depression in ways that can reduce and help get past the depression. If you listen for you or for some one who matters to you, it is likely worth the few minutes it takes to think with us about depression.

Relating Long Term (20)

June 15th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thanks for joining us for this special episode of the How To Matter podcast. James has developed a series about how to matter with people with whom you have a long term relationship. You are about to hear one of the episodes from the series. If you subscribed to the podcast from GaryCrow.net or from your favorite podcast player, all of the previous episodes in the series are there for you. Please enjoy this episode now.

Adaptive Leadership (011)

June 13th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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In the last episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I assured you that this episode would return to the content you have come to know and expect. As the series on adaptive leadership continues, you are certainly offered a full plate of tips and strategies for the adaptive leader. The range from making decisions and choices thoughtfully to being prepared to suck it up and do what needs done. I think you will be pleased. As Simon likes to say, “Listen and learn.”

Child Protection: Family-Centered?

June 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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This episode focuses on child welfare practice and is a deviation from the usual content of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. I was recently discussing child protection practice with some friends who are still practicing. Although I have not practiced for a few years, I was struck by their commitment to family centered practice.

 

When I retired from practice, I was convinced that a child centered model best served the interest of abused and neglected children. Even then that was a minority point of view. In the conversation with my friends, their perspective was still not persuasive for me.

 

I have thus retrieved a paper I wrote about ten years ago and am sharing it here. As I reconsider the paper, I continue to think that all things considered, a child centered approach to protecting abused and neglected children is still preferable to the family centered model as I understand it.

 

If you find this type of discussion interesting, I leave it to you to come to your own conclusion. If it is not of interest to you, be assured that the next episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast will return to the type of content you have come to enjoy.

Is There a Point to Podcasting?

June 10th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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A friend of James asked him what the Audio Tidbits Podcast is about and what the point is. That caused James to pause and think but he finally came up with the answer. Please listen to hear the conclusion and to see if you agree.

Dave Barry, Diplomat

June 8th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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The Audio Tidbits Podcast team brings you a special episode filling you in on how Dave Barry became a diplomat. It has to do with only having three friends and not being keen on picking porcupine quills. I know, that’s not all that clear. Please listen so you too have the full scoop.

Comes & Goes

June 7th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, Justin has a message for us that we would all do well to take to heart. Sure, each of us will say, “I knew that.” Even so, it never hurts to hear it again. Listen and see if you agree.

Simon says, “Communicate for Success.”

June 6th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Simon is back. He says, “Communicate for Success.” In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, our old friend Simon shares his rules for effective success communication. There are several kinds of communication but communicating for success is special. Please listen and learn the strategies for making most any conversation a success conversation.

Courage, Curiosity, Dancing, Diets & Cats

June 5th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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As you likely suspect from the title, the Audio Tidbits Podcast team has another idea generator session for you. The team members have chosen a variety of topics and perspectives so you are certain to find something you enjoy. Please listen and discover what the team is sharing with you today.

The Friendship Quiz

June 2nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Marriage is both potentially very satisfying but sometimes quite exasperating. Hopefully the satisfying times far outnumber those times when you have to wonder why you ever thought this would be a good arrangement. In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, let’s think about how you can assure that those exasperating times are kept at a minimum and do not get out of hand.

 

Are you and your spouse good friends? If so, you have a strong basis for working out any issues or difficulties that may pop up. If not, the little problems, disagreements and conflicts are more likely to fester than they are to be worked through or perhaps simply overlooked.

 

We have a short quiz you can take to evaluate yourself as a friend to your spouse. Of course, the quiz applies equally well to any ongoing friendship relationship you have with someone close to you. Please listen, take the quiz and see how it fits with your understanding of friendship.

Adaptive Leadership (010)

June 1st, 2017 by Gary Crow

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This episode of the Adaptive Leadership series includes three more strategies that adaptive leaders use to assure their success. It starts with distributing work and responsibilities effectively and – most importantly – fairly. It concludes with focus on always doing today’s work today. I think you will find the strategies helpful. Please listen and judge for yourself.

Relating Long Term (19)

June 1st, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thanks for joining us for this special episode of the How To Matter podcast. James has developed a series about how

to matter with people with whom you have a long term relationship. You are about to hear one of the episodes from

the series. If you subscribed to the podcast from GaryCrow.net or from your favorite podcast player, all of the

previous episodes in the series are there for you. Please enjoy this episode now.

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