Alien Intercept: Health Care & Exchange Tokens

Rod has intercepted another transmission from the aliens among us. This time they are reporting to their home planet. The report includes info about their activities in the capital city including focus on health care and the distribution of exchange tokens. Rod will continue to update you whenever he is successful with intercepting their communications.

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Intercepted Alien Communication

Rod returns to the Audio Tidbits Podcast with a shocking discovery. He has intercepted an alien communication that appears to validate his speculation about the aliens among us. This is a must listen if you care about the future of humans on Earth.

 

I checked with Rod and he assures me that this is hardly the last update he expects on the aliens. He is pretty sure that he has a strategy to detect their communications without detection. If so, he is commited to keeping you updated. Stay tuned.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 1)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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Bass & Bass on Leadership

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?

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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Adaptive Leadership (013)

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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Children: Our Most Important Resource?

“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)

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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Adaptive Leadership (011)

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?

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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Simon says, “Communicate for Success.”

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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Adaptive Leadership (010)

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.

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Adaptive Leadership (009)

This episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast continues the Adaptive Leadership series with three more tips on how to succeed with your own skills and strategies combined with the adaptive leadership approach to leading people. Focus this time is on knowing and using resources and existing policies. Listen and enjoy.

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Are You A Thinker?

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.

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An Episode For Deep Thinkers

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.

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Who Is Your Audience?

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.

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