Category Archives: Manager’s Toolbox

Bullying Prevention

Whether you are volunteering as a coach for a town league or a school, coaching youth sports is not easy. Finding the time between busy work schedules and family responsibilities to prepare practice drills and strategies and attend practices and games—although rewarding—can be overwhelming. Coaches also need to be sure their players feel safe and comfortable with teammates.  Good-natured teasing and competitive attitudes have always been a part of sports, and it has sometimes been easy for coaches and volunteers … Continue reading

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Want To Become A Better Manager?

Being a manager is not easy because it usually involves both tasks and people. The latter are considered the greater challenge for managers because too often organizations view employees in much the same way as material resources—a commodity. Managing people is not a talent many inherit, nor is it learned overnight. While experience may be the best teacher, the most effective and dynamic managers are those who can switch their mindset with the same facility as switching gears.  Managers confront … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, January 2014, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

External Mentorship

Photo Courtesy Of Champaign Park District

It’s no secret that change is a staple in the parks and recreation profession. The current economic climate, the retirement of baby boomers, and the significant changes in local, state, and federal mandates governing parks and recreation agencies are continually impacting the profession in myriad ways. With jobs being downsized, vacant positions going unfilled, and government regulations changing, training and development programs are important components of a seamless delivery of service to the community. It is no longer sufficient to … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, October 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Marketing Parks

Survey says! Find out whose using your parks and plan your marketing accordingly.  © Can Stock Photo Inc. / naumoid

A few years ago, we at the Genesee County Parks in Flint, Mich., realized that the citizens didn’t know nearly as much about the parks as we thought they did, and some of what they said they knew wasn’t accurate. Our general advertising simply wasn’t having an impact, so we took a leap and contracted with a marketing firm to help create a brand and campaign—print ads, radio ads, billboards, and a website. People remember the message now. The difference … Continue reading

Posted in April 2013, Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | 1 Comment

Master Difficult Conversations

Do some planning before having that heart-to-heart conversation with an employee. © Can Stock Photo Inc. - AndreyPopov

One of the ironies of our technologically connected world is that people have great difficulty communicating with each other face-to-face. Managers who have to approach situations with political correctness or deal with thin-skinned coworkers or subordinates sometimes find it difficult to be candid without crossing the line. It takes effort to be direct while being tactful, to be crisp without being rude. However, it is a key management skill and a critical success factor that will serve you well throughout … Continue reading

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