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Freedom within the Guidelines
Guidelines provide structure and freedom
By John E. Trombley, MMgt Consulting & Training Manager / Organization Development Consultant The Village Business Institute By way of casual observation, it occurs to me that people prefer enjoying a sense of freedom and autonomy as opposed to being restricted, confined, and constantly regulated. “OK, Colonel Obvious, what else...
Remembering Paislee Rae
Paislee Rae
‘Paislee Rae Day’ to memorialize adopted child, and thank agencies for adoption services Paislee Rae spent just 11 days on Earth, but in that short amount of time, the tiny girl made a major impact. She reminded her adoptive parents, Cal and Ashley Berry, that you don’t need to give...
Digging Deeper into Unconscious Bias
workplace meeting
By Nancy Boyle EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.” – Rear Admiral Grace Hopper Hopper’s words are true...
Meet Dr. Spencer Reid
Golden retriever Dr. Spencer Reid
Cuddling isn’t usually part of a counseling session, except when Dr. Spencer Reid is in the room. Dr. Spencer Reid is a four-legged mental health professional. The golden retriever assists Village Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Shauna Erickson with her Moorhead , Minnesota-area clients, most of whom are children, adolescents, and...
Tips for Getting Kids to Bed
A father reads a story to a young girl at bedtime
A regular bedtime is very important for children because it helps them thrive, grow, and avoid excessive daytime sleepiness. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says, “Sleep, like diet and exercise, is important for our minds and bodies to function normally.” This is especially important as kids head back...