Cutting the Grass

This year my teen son and I decided it was time to pass the family lawn mowing duties onto him. I didn’t take this delegation lightly and made sure I spent time showing him the parts and safety features of the mower and also how to efficiently get the job done. We spent time before […]

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Learning to Play Nice

In honor of Mother’s Day I thought I’d share some of the many valuable things my mother taught me as a child. Learn to get along and play nice, if you cannot say something nice, don’t say anything and always wear clean underwear. Okay, maybe the last one doesn’t really relate to this posting, but […]

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Rolling Through the Stop Sign

Many of us have rolled through a stop sign while driving, whether inadvertently, because we’re inattentive or in a hurry. Some folks even do this on a regular basis at a familiar intersection. We discussed this analogy last week during a series of training sessions I facilitated. The sessions were part of an organization-wide effort […]

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Rules of the Road

Many organizations utilize some form of transportation in providing their mission to the community. I suppose it is generally assumed that these risks are acceptable for the organization to take on. But let’s look at this issue a little bit. First off, is this a risk that HAS to be part of what we do? […]

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Prior Planning Prevents a Lot!

I received a phone call this past week from a camp director in upstate New York that was reviewing the camp’s emergency plan. We discussed how recent weather “anomalies” have made us all look at emergency scenarios that we would have not considered just a few years ago. So with this in mind we discussed […]

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Remembering the Past to Protect our Future

I had the distinct pleasure of working with over one hundred dedicated staff members at a YMCA in Georgia this past weekend. The organization, its leadership and staff took six hours this past Saturday to engage in training on various safety topics with me. After one of our sessions where we discussed aquatic safety the […]

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