Teamwork allows these climbers to face challenges and fears.

Weekend Coffee Share: In Which I Find Harmony

It has really been a long time since I shared a post for Weekend Coffee Share. I have missed having coffee with you all. Let’s take a nice coffee break and catch up! If we were having coffee I would ask you what does it take to find harmony in our lives? When we think …

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Happy Blogging Anniversary: Why TMI is Not What it Seems

Has it really been a year? Last September, I decided to dust off my blog, then titled "Insights by Terri Webster Schrandt." I looked at the WordPress Reader and saw the invitation for Blogging 101. Although I started my blog in October, 2011, it was very narrowly focused and bored even me. It was time …

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The Beauty of Community

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” ― …

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Why Retire At 55? (Part 1)

Many thanks to “A Momma’s View” for posting this on her page!

A Momma's View

I have a unique opportunity to retire at age 55; maybe not that unique, but more of a rarity. I was fortunate to begin work for a recreation and parks department at a municipal government agency at age 26.

How can I retire at 55? In California, we (and our employers) pay into CalPERS, a public employee retirement system. To retire, the formula for eligibility is 2% at 55. With 30+ years in, this is the equivalent of retiring with 60% of my salary. I have 31 years in with PERS as I was able to purchase service credits from working part-time during college at PERS agencies. With 31 years, I am retiring with 62% of my salary.

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Perspectives On…Volunteers

Did you know that today (November 5th) is International Volunteer Managers' Day? This is a shout-out to all the dedicated people who work as leaders, managers or coordinators, who spend hours recruiting, hiring, training and working with volunteers. In the parks and recreation industry, as well as the non-profit field, many programs would not exist …

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The Inequality of Leaning Out

Sheryl Sandberg, in her groundbreaking book, Lean In, explores the inequalities of the women-to-men ratios in the workplace in terms of leadership. Women not only face institutional barriers, but a battle from within. Sandberg gave a TEDtalk on how women hold themselves back, literally choosing to watch from the sidelines, and from this, Lean In …

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Perspectives On…(Merriam-) Webster’s Dictionary

Dictionary, schmictionary, who needs one? Have you ever used a word incorrectly or heard someone else use (or write) a word that was close but not quite the word? No doubt we have all been embarrassed by this faux-pas. I am more likely to sing the wrong words to a song, rather than say or …

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True Colors of Star Trek Cast (2013)

I recently watched the newest Star Trek movie and instantly noticed how many of the main characters showed their True Colors with their particular personality types. The leader of this multi-dimensional team is Captain James T. Kirk. His leadership style shows that he is highly innovative, creative and unique. As the Captain in an interstellar …

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Gold Standard

Last in this introductory series, but certainly not least, is the Gold personality type. Who invented the gold standard? Probably a structured, detail-oriented Gold! If it wasn't invented by a Gold, you can be sure that Golds followed its rules and standards to the letter. Golds tend to value processes more than people, but end …

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How Did this 4-Generation Phenomenon Happen?

The end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries have seen a rare historical event in the workplace where four of the 20th century generations have the opportunity to work together. This phenomenon is a result of societal and health shifts, where people of each generation are living longer, and thus, staying in …

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The 5th generation is merging into the Four Generation culture and workplace.

Who are the Four Generations?

  The four contemporary generations are known as: the “Traditionalist” generation, the “Baby Boomers,” “Generation X,” and the “Millennials.” People of these four generations were born in the 20th century and are currently working and interacting in the 21st century workplace. Although many sources disagree slightly on the years defining each generation, this blog will …

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