The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 56-Interview with Heather Shumaker, author of “It’s OK To Go Up The Slide”

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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 56, I had the pleasure of speaking with Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK to Go UP the Slide… Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids It’s OK NOT to Share… and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids

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The two books that Heather Shumaker has written provide great insights and ideas on how to raise children to be responsible, creative human beings with the ability to communicate.  Many of her thoughts counter the current culture of overprotective parents & practices within the school system.

Here were the topics we discussed in our conversation:

  • growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • the background of her mother and father, who both recently retired as educators
  • attending the School for Young Children, founded in 1969 in Columbus
  • why she structured specific tools & ideas in her books that parents could use
  • her two central parenting themes
  • street smarts and stranger danger
  • sharing
  • calendars & clocks
  • homework
  • recess
  • reading
  • conflict resolution
  • reading for pleasure vs. forced reading
  • technology temptation
  • kid evaluation/resolution vs. adult intervention
  • fairness & justice
  • establishing boundaries

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#CoreValues, the Building Blocks for #Leadership & #Culture

Developing core values personally and for your organization will serve as valuable cornerstones for how you live your life and the culture you want to create.  These cornerstones can be used as a point of reference for every situation and thought.

Check out this video on the importance of core values.

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Here are my personal core values, I hope it can assist in the creation of yours.  Thank you for reading.

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70 years later, a chilling reminder…..

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The news media is giving the event its due attention today.  I would urge you to give them a view to learn more about the invasion, I know I will.

Do you think your leadership role is too tough?  Imagine sending your troops into battle where casualties are estimated to be 75% or higher.  Could you do it? Could you live with it?

Could you have found the courage to push forward while getting seasick on the Landing Vehicle to the beach, then bullets, bombs, and your fellow troops are falling all around you?

Could you have remembered your job with all of this mayhem taking place around you?

Would you have been thinking about your loved ones?  And that you probably would never see them again?

If you were wounded, would you fight to stay alive?

How would you feel if you have to step over dead bodies everywhere to move forward?

Wars are glorified and victories celebrated…..think about the loss in the most brutal ways.

How would seeing and thinking about all of these impact your mental health moving forward?

Regardless of how you feel about the leadership that makes war inevitable throughout history….the courage and sacrifice of the soldier “just trying to do their job” demands to be respected and admired.  They did things most of us cannot even imagine.

Thank you veterans, you fought for an ideal and a mission most of us will never understand.  We should all try to live a life of value to honor the folks who made our opportunities possible.

 

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Click here for my book review of The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight

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Keep on Keepin’ on, the Hell with the Naysayers….

In writing this post, I am making many assumptions about the thoughts and feelings of others…..

As quickly as people get inspired by their positive action, some will get discouraged and discontinue even quicker if they heed the “naysayers”.  If the results are not immediate, additional discouragement may follow.  Be proud of your action, and look to praise others when you see it.  Think about how you have improved compared to where you started.

Yesterday, our family was coming back from the Oxford Community Easter Egg Hunt.  The weather was outstanding, just a great day to be outside (sunshine, clear sky, gentle breeze)….a day that makes springtime so great.  We noticed an overweight college student slowly jogging on the sidewalk (I don’t say overweight to be mean, but it was clearly an unhealthy situation).  Jen said “You go girl”.  I silently acknowledged her affirmation, and kept driving on.  I didn’t think anymore about this…until this morning.

During my 5a dogwalk, I was listening to a podcast interviewing Larry Winget, one of my favorite authors.  Two of Mr. Winget’s themes are personal responsibility and taking action.  As the walk progressed, I wrapped my head around this student’s action and how inspirational I found it.

Here was an individual who:  (a) recognized an area of self-improvement; (b) was taking positive action, not just talking or wishing about it.  This type of action DEMANDS OUR RESPECT!  Sadly, I am sure she encountered some resistance instead.

Her jog was conducted in a public, so there were probably naysayers and a-holes that passed her with comments such as:  “she needs it”; “is that as fast as you can go?”; “it’s about time”; “she’ll never stick with it”.

My hope is that this young lady takes enough pride in her work to continue on her journey to improved health (if that was indeed her goal).  I hope she realizes the following:

  • her story of incremental improvement to reach her goal serves as inspiration for others; she stopped complaining and wishing in favor of doing something about it
  • this won’t happen overnight….focus on the improvement from previous days
  • realize the naysayers and smart ass comments are from people who aren’t important in her life, who don’t really want her to succeed
  • improving her fitness improves her overall health and contributes to a healthier society
  • she creates a legacy of action

At various times, we all get stuck with lack of motivation and taking action.  Look for and use examples of action to push yourself to your goals.

Have a great Easter!  I would love to hear your stories about taking action!

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Here are a couple of my most viewed posts.

Click here for my book review of Toughness:  Developing True Strength On and Off the Court by Jay Bilas

Click here for my book review of The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight

Click here for my book review of Bo’s Lasting Lessons:  The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

Brothers should bunk

-I am the author of The Basketball Match Up Zone and Multi-Purpose Basketball Offense ebooks.