“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.
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.
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.
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.
In this podcast, a Transactional Negotiations model is presented. The approach to deal making has been tested over many years and in a wide range of situations, including negotiations involving millions of dollars. The approach works equally well in the kind of situations everyone has to manage both at home and at work. For that reason, the examples in the podcast focus on everyday situations at home. Just keep in mind that the approach works whatever the circumstances, whatever the stakes.
Please listen to the podcast and then practice, practice, practice.
The podcast team has an interesting take on gripes, arrogance and the wisdom of Dr. Seuss and others. They also touch on not getting too big for your britches and on the value of the suggestions of others who would have you different than you are. Please listen to the podcast and see if you agree. Also, please consider subscribing to The Audio Tidbits Podcast on your favorite podcast player.
I have told you before about Denny, the world’s 16th greatest guide dog. Well, Denny was with me for over ten years but the day finally came for him to retire. I won’t go into the details but Denny’s health had gotten to the point where being a guide dog was no longer possible.
Yes, it was very sad. He was unable to work anymore but his heart was still very much up to doing what he had done for over a decade. On his last day, he came to have his harness put on and so wanted to go with me again. It was not to happen but his spirit was ever willing.
Now I have Oliver. He is a twenty month old black lab and is eager to be my guide dog. We spent two weeks training together at Pilot Dogs after his six months of guide dog training. The two weeks were for the two of us to begin to bond and get used to working together. Oliver is home now and learning about his new environment and responsibilities. So far, things are going quite well.
To remember Denny and the five other Pilot dogs that came before Oliver, I am re-posting a podcast about my first six Pilot dogs. It will be a while before I am ready to update the podcast to include Oliver but his day in that spotlight is out there on the far horizon. He is Pilot dog seven for me and I expect we will have as satisfying a journey as with each of his six predecessors.
For now, join me in remembering Dr. Pepper, Fellow, Blacky, Ben, Quincy, and Professor Denny. Oliver has big paws to follow but is, I am sure, totally up to the challenge.
I assume that you like me sometimes need to deal with people who drive you up the wall. When having to interact with them, the frustration factor is at the center of your world. Life for you is at least tedious and at worst stressing you enough to make you think about finding a place to hide where you never have to deal with people again.
The reality is that the people who drive you up the wall are not going away. They and you are here to stay. The good news is that you don’t have to let them continue to drive you up the wall. They can be brought into line and you are just the person who can handle them.
Let me share a few examples along with some strategies and techniques you can use to put a stop to the attitudes and behavior that are driving you up the wall. Please listen to the Audio Tidbits Podcast to get the full scoop on I Players.
Are you a thinker? It seems that most of us are not. As it turns out, if we were to actually think twice a month, we would move into the thinker elite.
The Audio Tidbits Podcast team shares their perspective on thinking, what it means to think, and why thinking is a good thing. What is the meaning of life, how do we tell right from wrong, and where is the value in a sunny day? These and more think-worthy considerations are in the podcast for us. Please listen and give it a good think.
This is a special episode for those of you who like to think deep thoughts. Please listen to see if the podcasting team catches your attention and interest. Finding a few minutes for a deep thought or two can’t be a bad thing. The episode includes a cameo deep thought from Marissa Crow. That is reason enough to listen.
I had an interesting conversation earlier today and thought sharing it with you would be a good thing to do. I was talking about the Audio Tidbits Podcast and was asked who my audience is. I was tempted to tell my friend about you since I think the two of you might hit it off but caught myself an instant before I violated your privacy. You hadn’t given me your permission to talk about you with other people and respecting your privacy is a priority for me.
Since I had not directly answered my friend’s question, she then asked me how big the Audio Tidbits Podcast audience is. I found that question a little odd. She obviously wanted to know how many of you there are. When I told her that there is only one of you, that you are unique, she was nearly speechless. I guess that means that I should not consider moving to an interview format for the podcast. There would be way too much silence.
When she at last found her voice, she asked me what the Audio Tidbits Podcast is about. I told her that the podcast includes audio tidbits from here and there about this and that. She was once more speechless for a few seconds and then said, “Please explain.”
I was thinking to myself, “What is there to explain? What about this and that is hard to understand?”
Even so, I told my friend I would give it a try. I knew it was not going to be all that easy since the Audio Tidbits Podcast is not about anything in particular. It’s not focused on anything Unique or specific to a person or thing or category. I have to admit that I was myself left a little speechless by her question.
Now it was my voice that was returning. Here is what I said to my friend once I could again speak. … Please listen for the rest of the story.