When considering what makes one a “rich” person, I value the friendships and acquaintances I have made in my life. Many of these have come from family interactions; others via schools attended, past workplaces, and of course, social media. A most cherished and endearing friendship I have is with a past academy Cadet who, after working a few years with Washington State Parks, left to begin a career in the promotion of natural resources leadership and organizational strategies. Jody has developed a regularly-featured podcast called the Park Leaders show, in which he introduces park and recreation professionals from literally all over the world, highlighting their successes and documenting their ideas, challenges, and inspirational messages to other aspiring park leaders who are listening. You can also join Park Leaders on Facebook.
I have been fortunate to have been featured on Park Leaders podcasts on three occasions. Jody asks experience-based questions, and his personality makes the Park Leader feel very at-ease in the moment. At this writing, Park Leaders has produced over 160 podcasts, developing a literal file of information on leadership, use of technology and innovation in parks, ethics and professional conduct, interpretation, and a historical perspective on parks as they have emerged through the decades. I believe that anyone serious in improving their knowledge and skills in public service or public safety positions would benefit from listening to the podcasts.
Park Leaders—much more than just a good use of your time—it is a great way to becoming “rich” as I described above! You are encouraged to find out more at https://parkleaders.com/.