Leadership By Wandering Around

Then as I became more involved with other requirements, I got out less and less. I didn’t like it but the job seemed to demand it. After a time I was feeling out of touch, so I started making a concerted effort to get out of the office and go into the field regularly.

Get Up And Go

It is a constant battle to free up time to engage in Leadership By Wandering Around, but I find that things operate much more smoothly when I and other senior staff understand what the people in the field need. Getting the “bottom up” view of needs drives how the budget is formed and how policies are developed and implemented. Employees feel more connected because they can see their input become part of the plan.

I have made a New Year’s resolution to be more like General Gray and get out even more and talk to the “troops.” I’ll probably leave out the punch on the arm though.

An Open Door

Now, as for the name of this column, I think Leadership By Wandering Around works too because that’s really what I’ll be doing. I’ll wander around the parks and recreation business and see what’s going on, maybe call some of you and ask how you’re doing, see what problems you are having, ask if you’ve come up with any solutions. Then we’ll share it with everyone else so we can all use the information in our operations as we see fit. What do you think? My contact info is shown below. The door is open, the lights are on, and the coffee is hot. I usually get into the office early–Marine early, like zero-dark-thirty–so call or e-mail and let’s chat.

Randy Gaddo was a combat correspondent as an enlisted Marine and later a public affairs officer who retired from the Corps after 20 years in 1996 as a Chief Warrant Officer-4, what he describes as the finest rank in the Marine Corps other than General. He has been Director of Leisure Services in Peachtree City, Ga., since 1997. He can be reached at (770) 631-2542, or via e-mail dls@peachtree-city.org

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