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Archive for January, 2011

A cornucopia of corrections catchphrases - part 1

January 27th, 2011

 

 

(Author’s note:  These and other corrections truisms can be found in “Wake up and Smell the Contraband” 2nd edition by LRP Press.)

 

Corrections truisms are the voices of experience from our vocational past.  They are part of our living culture.  Information gained from many hard fought battles is encoded in each verbal knowledge nugget. As we repeat these to newer colleagues, we are transmitting part of our profession. What tumbles from our mouths today may serve as a cornerstone of corrections philosophy in the future. Read more…

joebouchard Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations, Training

Let’s make some crop circles!

January 20th, 2011

corn-maze

 

 Crop-circling – Of course, there are many documented crop circle events that were nothing more than hoaxes achieved by bona fide human pranksters.  I am sure that with each tongue in cheek exercise, the aftermath is always interesting to watch.  Certainly, there are many laughs from the perpetrators as they see frantic interviewees declare that an invasion in nigh. Read more…

joebouchard Self Scrutiny, Staff relations

Avoid the 10 qualities of the anti-leader

January 13th, 2011

Whether it be a long climb or an outstanding view from on high, what you see is a matter of where you are. Perception is a matter of perspective.

perspective 

 

For example, those who consider themselves as realists are often branded as cynics by optimists.  Avowed pessimists will label those self-reported realists as too hopeful.  Despite the many perspectives, it is agreed that every worksite has a skeptic, one who doubts almost anything unless presented with compelling proof. Read more…

joebouchard Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations

Destination Intimidation - The anti-intellectual bully

January 6th, 2011

The corrections work world has enough pitfalls and hazards without our adding to it. However, that sentiment does not simply eliminate division in the ranks.  No matter our good intentions, circumstances and a mix of personalities will always produce staff discord.

 

road-work-ahead

 

Unfortunately, we do not always see the signs.  Read more…

joebouchard Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations