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Larry Checco

Larry Checco

Larry Checco is president of Checco Communications and a nationally sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator on leadership, organizational management and branding. He also serves as a consultant to both large and small nonprofit organizations, companies, foundations and government agencies.
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Larry Checco

Lending Helpful Hands To Each Other And The World

“I must say that I have seen Americans make great and real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.” — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Set aside a few seconds to try to imagine what the United States of America would be like without a healthy, vibrant nonprofit sector. Your first rea

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Business
Larry Checco

7 Ways To Avoid Toxicity In The Workplace

Are you married? Do you have a partner or significant other in your life? Many of us do. If you identify, think how difficult it often is to come to consensus on issues, both large and small… … How much hashing and compromising needs to take place before some kind of agreement (hopefully) can be reached? … How painful the process can be at times? … How unhappiness can easily seep into the relation

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Business
Larry Checco

Sociocracy: An Appealing Alternative To Command And Control Management Styles

Any public speaker will tell you it’s a lot easier to change your audience than it is your material. That holds true for organizations, as well. It’s ostensibly a lot easier for organizations to churn through staff—either through firings, lay-offs, downsizings, or whatever—than it is for them to change their management style—which is usually top-down, command and control. And which is often the re

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Business
Larry Checco

Want To Be A Good Leader? Here Are 5 Important Tips

No brand, no matter how good the products, services, or messaging it represents, can ultimately succeed in the absence of good management leadership. Two primary schools of thought about leaders seem to prevail. One is that leaders are born, not made; that they are anointed from on high, or somehow are genetically programmed to go to the head of the line to lead the rest of us. The other school of

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Life
Larry Checco

From the Mouths of Babes: A Child’s Interpretation Of Death

It’s a weekday evening. My wife, Laurie, is out attending one of her graduate courses in early childhood development. I’m home tending to our sons, Peter and Brian, 3 and 5 years old, respectively. I’ve just finished reading to them The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant, a favorite book of theirs I’ve read dozens of times. Sadly, the story unfolds with Babar’s mother being killed by a hunter and

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Life
Larry Checco

The Return of Quaint: Reflecting On The Time We Never Get Back

Quaint. I’m desperately waiting for the return of quaint. Quaint, as in being able to take a walk in the neighborhood without having to wear a mask or avoid otherwise friendly but maskless neighbors by crossing to the opposite side of the street. Quaint, as in being able to hug loved ones rather than exchange affection-intended but awkward fist or elbow bumps. Quaint, as in spontaneously being abl

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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
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Larry Checco

My Incredible Trip To Central Asia: Exploring New Places Never Gets Old

At age 68, I’m making a concerted effort to get through my bucket list. But one box that I will never be able to completely check off is “Travel to places you’ve never been.” So when the opportunity presented itself to join a cultural exchange program to Central Asia — Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, to be exact, two countries most people can’t locate on a map (including me, prior to the trip) — it was

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Life
Larry Checco

Smart? Meh. Wise? Yes! Why Wisdom Is Essential In This World

We’re a bit late to the game. At ages 67 and 74, respectively, my wife Laurie and I have recently become grandparents to a beautiful baby girl. Chloe Vera came into the world a wee 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 inches in length on February 23, 2022. It just so happened to be the same day Russia needlessly and ruthlessly invaded Ukraine.   Which led me to think: What kind of world will our granddaughter be i

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Larry Checco

So, You Want To Be A Fisherman, Eh? My Amazing Journey At Sea

They say young men often do stupid and crazy things. But in my youth, I didn’t think I was stupid or crazy. I was simply hungry for a bit of adventure and authenticity. I wanted to see more of the world, widen my vision, experience how other people live and do things suburban America couldn’t possibly offer. Now, as a septuagenarian, I’m glad I did. Those crazy adventures now give me something to

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The Importance Of National Service For Generations To Come

Boomers, for better or worse, we’ve had our shot. It’s time we ensure that our daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren have at least an equal opportunity to have theirs. When six million jobs go begging, in large part because our young people do not have the skill sets to fill them … When so many of these same young people, from the ages of 18 to 26, feel disenfranchised from society,

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