Category Archives: The Week-Ender

Old Friend

It's always a happy thing when work brings you face to face with an old friend!

I had the fortune this past week of running into an old friend, one I hadn’t seen in awhile. To be honest, it had probably been at least three or four years since we had seen each other last. We happened to bump into each other at, of all places, a job site. It was a park project I had worked on a number of years ago, but because of the local economic conditions, the plans had been put on … Continue reading

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Come To The Table

Are you getting input from all the right people?

“If I were to set a place for you, would you join me at the table?” This question was posed to a small group of parks and recreation directors, superintendents, and field foremen. It was the premise of an hour-long talk I gave last week at a Training Institute Conference. To my fortune, everyone was more than willing to come to the table. Blindly trusting that the audience would enjoy sharing a table (stage) with me, I crafted an interactive … Continue reading

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Last-Minute Lament

Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

How many times have you had a colleague come to you late in the workday asking for help on a project when he was facing an eminent deadline? I have to admit, this is one of my biggest pet peeves in business. I know that you can’t always be prepared for everything, and more than once I have had a client call in a favor asking for something and needing it right away. It is times such as these that … Continue reading

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May I Have Your Attention?

For the here and now, let it be known that all of us landscape architect types feel we are pretty good at doing something in our practice of creating beautiful places. No matter what is said, no matter what is done while exercising our creativity, it is unlikely that we will waiver from that attitude quickly…or without argument. There is a large faction of us out there that thinks design is where it’s at; therefore, we concentrate a great deal … Continue reading

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Moving On

It's never easy to say goodbye to an employer.

Why do little things in life give us such anxiety? As I sit here at my desk writing this week’s post, I am contemplating my day tomorrow and am a little nervous. Earlier today, I accepted a position with a new firm; tomorrow, I must tell my current employer that I am leaving. This I not the first time I have been in this position. But every time I find myself here, I always hope it is my last. There … Continue reading

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