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Archive for November, 2010

Survey – Eating the elephant

November 17th, 2010

Recently, I presented “Eating the elephant” in Boston for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.  I was part of a three person team which also included Rachel Donovan and Laura Noonan, both from



The main theme was that by using agencies can have more flexibility.  It was based on the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?”  The answer is, “one bite at a time.” Read more…


Confidence versus arrogance

November 10th, 2010

Some of us are, for a lack of a better term, rocks.  We have the confidence to stay in the middle of the stream, facing the steady flow of water in an unwavering manner. True, pressures of the flow erode confidence for many.  But, resolute strength keeps the confident in the game. rocks Read more…

Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations

Integrity in action

November 3rd, 2010

 Integrity is often considered a difficult, lofty concept. Really, it can be defined in simple terms: doing the right thing, telling the truth, being dependable and professional, etc. Integrity occurs in a variety of examples.  Sometimes we need to look a little bit beneath the surface to benefit from the lesson.




I have a friend who was recently called to be a juror.  Hers was not a case of zipping down to the local court for a quick session of voir dire.  The call came from the Federal Court, some seventy miles distant from her house.  Read more…

Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Uncategorized