Category Archives: February 2013

Destined To Lead

Steve Herrera

It seems Steve Herrera was destined for a career in recreation. Growing up three blocks from a community center, he spent the bulk of his free time playing sports, forging friendships, and gaining valuable experience. In his 13th year as the recreation supervisor for the city of Carlsbad (Calif.), Herrera puts that knowledge to good use, overseeing a diverse offering of sports programs for 1,500 kids, ranging from 4 to 14. “As a child, I played many recreation sports, and … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Field Notes Cre8Play is now designing peaceful gardens and play environments which incorporate critical healing elements including native wildlife, flowers and music. Freshpark Action Sports, a producer of folding, modular action sports kits, received a safety endorsement from nationally accredited orthopedic surgeon Nick DiNubile. Water Technology, Inc. (WTI) announced that Mike Jaroszewski has been named to the WTI and Neuman Group Project Development team. He will provide sales and support and work with the team in a leadership capacity to manage … Continue reading

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Performance Evaluations

Tips on how to do a useful employee evaluation.

One of the most difficult tasks expected of management is the end-of-the-year evaluation. Do you say too much? Do you say too little? Do you inadvertently offend the employee with a casual remark that you had no intention of uttering? It happens all the time. I’ve written comments in performance evaluations that have downright haunted me and the employee because he brought it up for years. These episodes made me so gun-shy I was almost afraid to write anything after … Continue reading

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Leaders In The Field

Every team needs the right equipment.

Leadership often means directing and offering support while staying out of the way. This has been the case for hundreds of years down on the farm. Look at the driver of a team of draft horses. The horses have to work together to accomplish a goal, such as plowing a field. To do that, they need a leader who: Knows what he or she is doing Encourages the horses Supplies necessary information Provides the correct equipment Instills trust. This is … Continue reading

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Sustainable Maintenance

Looking at maintenance in terms of sustainability can cut your department's costs.

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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