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Bass & Bass on Leadership

July 10th, 2017 by Gary Crow

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, we take a somewhat different path. For those listeners who are serious about leadership, we are sharing excerpts from one of our favorite books on leadership written by well recognized experts in the field. The book is Bernard M Bass with Ruth Bass. The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications. Fourth Edition. New York: Free Press, 2008. We hope you enjoy the excerpts and find this podcast helpful.

 

If you would like more podcasts like this focusing on the work of recognized leadership experts, please let us know. Drop an e-mail to GAC@GaryCrow.net and we will try to accommodate to your interests.

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I’m Human but Are You?

July 8th, 2017 by Gary Crow

Hey folks, there is something I think needs clarified. Since it is going to become an issue sooner or later, we might as well get it out in the open today.

 

World UFO day was a while back and knowing that got me to thinking. If aliens are smart enough to get from wherever they were to where we are, they are also probably smart enough to do that without our knowing about it. They could easily be among us without our having a clue.

 

Would they look like aliens? Of course not. They would simply materialize in ways that let them blend in transparently. We might never know that there were aliens among us.

 

Our only hope is that there are tells that we can detect and then correctly interpret. Tells are little behavioral clues that let us know that all is not what it purports to be. Gamblers talk about poker players showing tells that give away what is going on behind that poker face. Some people claim to be able to read the tells that let them know when someone is lying. It seems likely that aliens would have inadvertent tells that let us know that they are among us but not one of us.

 

The first issue is just how we can be sure who is and who is not an alien. Try glancing around when you are near other people. Do you notice anything strange or peculiar about them or their behavior? Concentrate on picking up on any tells. Is there anything that gives you second thought?

 

As a place to start, limit your investigation to people you know well. Those are the people with whom you are the most familiar and in whom you are most likely to recognize alien tells. You are aware of all of their human traits, their universally human behavior. What you are looking for is anything that causes you to wonder if they are actually human.

 

I don’t know for sure what an alien tell might be but suspect it looks like a momentary disconnect, an instance of weirdness, a since that the other person is not quite with us, is not quite one of us. I’m pretty sure you know what I mean. What’s more, I think it is highly likely that you have picked up on these little tells slipping out with people you know but have not yet classified them as alien. You have just wondered if that person is for real.

 

They may be for real but maybe not. The unsettling truth is that they may be an alien trying to pass as human. The alien among us may be in the room with us right now or merely an image on TV or YouTube. He or she may be sleeping on the street or pretending to lead a nation. There is no way to know with certainty who is for real and who is only posing. Our only hope is to learn to spot the tells.

 

I wish I had an answer to the pressing question. I know I am human but are you? My challenge is to figure out the answer to that simple question. In turn, the challenge is yours as well. How can you know if I am human or simply posing.

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Relating Long Term (24)

July 8th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

 

Note: The RSS error that I told you about in the last post is still there but is not causing a problem with getting out the podcast to you. If you see any issue, please drop me an e-mail at GAC@GaryCrow.net. I am trying to find someone who can figure out what is causing the issue. I think it has something to do with the audio enclosures for one or more of the past posts. At any rate, I hope to get the issue corrected so it does not cause a problem when opening the XML file in a browser.

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Adaptive Leadership (013)

July 1st, 2017 by Gary Crow

This is the final section of the adaptive leadership series. Some may find it somewhat difficult to integrate into their leadership practice if they do not have the benefit of the earlier sections. Nonetheless, this section consolidates the leadership strategies from the earlier sections and incorporates the adaptive leadership philosophy when making decisions and working with the team to assure excellence performance and outcomes. Understanding that philosophy rests on a clear commitment to superior functioning and an unflagging faith in each member of the team.

 

Please listen and take the adaptive leadership philosophy to heart. It becomes who you are and how you do what you do, no exceptions, no excuses.

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Experience Is The Best Teacher

June 29th, 2017 by Gary Crow

Experience is what you suddenly have at the moment you understand that what you just did probably was not your best choice. Yes indeed. Nothing succeeds like experience. If you are saying, “Ain’t it the truth,” you will likely enjoy this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. If you don’t know what all the fuss is about, you should not go another day without listening to the message in this episode and taking it to heart.

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Relating Long Term (22)

June 28th, 2017 by Gary Crow

Let me add a note before this episode. It is about our emotional flags. If you only listen to one segment in this series, I suggest you make it this one.

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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I Think I Can | So I Will

June 25th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Relating Long Term (21)

June 22nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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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Children: Our Most Important Resource?

June 21st, 2017 by Gary Crow

“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.

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Adaptive Leadership (012)

June 20th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Happy Father’s Day

June 17th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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

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Depressed?

June 17th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Relating Long Term (20)

June 15th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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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Adaptive Leadership (011)

June 13th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.”

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Child Protection: Family-Centered?

June 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Is There a Point to Podcasting?

June 10th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Dave Barry, Diplomat

June 8th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Comes & Goes

June 7th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Simon says, “Communicate for Success.”

June 6th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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The Friendship Quiz

June 2nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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.

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Audio Tidbits shares various audio experiences I think you may enjoy and sometimes even find interesting. There is no particular theme or topic. Rather, the podcast includes whatever I like and want to share with you. The tidbits are usually fairly short but not always. It's kind of a try it and see if you like it kind of podcast. It's not for everyone but may be for you. I hope so.

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