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Gallup StrengthFinders

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in BLOG

Have you ever had that out of the blue experience where spontaneously you start thinking about something complex and suddenly a light bulb goes off. For whatever reason, you see the same thing but in a different way and you begin making connections you had never done before. Personally, I have a better grasp of this today having recently spent some time revisiting Gallup’s StrengthsFinders work in more depth. Gallup’s decades of research about a persons’ innate talents has resulted in a useful personal assessment tool that identifies 34 distinct themes/ talents The odds of someone else sharing your top five themes in the identical order according to Gallup is one in 288,000. For each theme Gallup provides a vivid description as well as related “Ideas for Action”. In 2004 they branded their core assessment instrument already used by...

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Which Way for the Soul of America? – November 2018

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in BLOG

November 3, 2018…….and 72 hours before a midterm election that is likely to be remembered months, years, and perhaps decades ahead. Most pundits are saying that the Democrats are likely to regain control of the House. I don’t know about this. I only know that more than any time in my adult life I’ve paid attention daily to the utterances and actions of our President. Trump would dismiss me as a consumer of “fake news” too “elite” to appreciate the great things he has accomplished in just two years in office: the US economy is booming reflected in a 3.7% unemployment rate, real wages have started to rise for the first time in years, Mexico and Canada as trading partners are treating the US more fairly and he will see that China does too. In truth, Trump lies so...

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Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in BLOG

Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years Mitch Wald and I co-founded MACMA in 1986. Delighted it’s still going strong. Below is their most recent...

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“Thank you Mr. Roger” – Stock picking projects with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Florida and Anne Arundel County, Maryland – May 2019

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in BLOG

In late October 2015 working with Unit Director Nate Brown of the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota we put together a stock picking project for teen members which also included staff members. The kids did better than the staff as explained below. Nate has a good sense of humor which was reflected in the video included here. In December 2016, working with with the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anne Arundel County Maryland, Lisa Mondoro, we initiated an expanded and significantly improved stock picking program for Junior Staff and selected teen members.” reflecting the experience gained in Sarasota. I think anyone interested in working with Boys and Girls Club kids will find below the answers provided to these two questions of interest:  1. WHAT SCHOOL SUBJECT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST /...

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Badges for Baseball Sarasota

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in BLOG

Badges for Baseball is a core program of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, (CRSF). It began in 2009 and has served over 100,000 youth in twenty different states and twenty seven different communities. Created by the CRSF it partners with local law enforcement agencies and trains police volunteers to use Foundation programs like Quickball and Healthy Choices Healthy Children as a vehicle to positively influence their relationship with youth and visa-versa. The Sarasota Police Department began its program in the spring of 2014. Once a week six volunteer officers come to the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club. What they do there will vary but a common theme is to engage the kids via new activities or simply discussion. An example of the former was a bocci ball program introduced by 25 year law enforcement veteran Sgt. Eric Bolden...

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Rachel’s Challenge

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in BLOG

Cody Hodges, Rachel’s Challenge, Presenter; Dr. Rachel Shelley, Principal, Booker High School December 3, 2014 proved quite a special day for some Sarasota kids and adults and the organizations that made it happen: the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF); the Sarasota Police Department; and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota. As a result of a $5000 grant from the Sarasota Police Department using drug forfeiture funds CRSF was able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota. At its core, Rachel’s Challenge is about how children and adults alike can live their lives to make the world better for themselves and others. Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School massacre- there were 13 killed in April 1999. In the aftermath of her murder Rachel’s father and step-mother established Rachel’s Challenge, a national non-profit organization that has brought...

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