The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 54-Don’t Bureaucrat This One, Conversation with guest host Angus Macleod


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Yes indeed, I am now using the word bureaucrat as a verb.  In this conversation with Angus Macleod, we talked about several topics.  These topics included:

  • Leadership philosophies
  • Delegation
  • what makes working in sports, recreation, and wellness so compelling and fulfilling
  • In customer service, strive not to have staff bureaucrat customer requests as much as possible.
  • Ownership
  • Connection
  • Apathy

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Two poems with personal meaning, and my personal pen to paper poetry

Here are two of my favorite poems, along with some personal attempts at poetry.  The Lee Fisher poem was a John Wooden favorite mentioned in several of his books.  The Edward Everett Hale poem I came across in a Jim Tressel book.  The poems focus on being a role model and taking positive action.

A Little Fellow Follows Me by Lee Fisher

A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray,
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
What’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me he says he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every work of mine;
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go,

Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow;
I’m building for the years to be
That little chap who follows me.


I Am Only One by Edward Everett Hale

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.


And my personal poems…..

For my recent 6-year wedding anniversary….

Mother’s Day 2014

Ryan’s 3rd birthday

Sawyer’s 1st birthday

2nd Birthday Poem for my son Ryan
Two years ago I became a dad,
And for that, I am very glad,
To watch you grow has been so neat,
I could not think of anything more sweet.

You amaze me every single day,
with what you learn, do, and say,
you are growing up so fast,
your birth seems in the recent past.

What a great year this was for you,
Talking, reading, running, riding tractors, playing, potty time too,
As well as the gift of a little brother Sawyer,
To love and share your knowledge as a gifted life learner.

I love you so much Ryan,
I couldn’t do this without cryin’,
I hope you have a great birthday,
Keep enjoying life’s blessings along the way.

Your Dadda


A Birthday Poem for Jen

From our very first date,
To see you next I could not wait,
I knew you were the one,

I am so grateful,
And especially thankful,
that you felt the same,

From there to here,
It is amazing where,
We are today,

Married, with two boys,
And a history of joys,
Would not have happened without you,

The love of my life,
Is my perfect wife,
You get better every day,

Now that you have this prelude,
To the poem I must conclude,
Happy Birthday sweetie!