Category Archives: Manager’s Toolbox

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

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

Lead With Enthusiasm

Here are four things to think about now that you are serving on a park and recreation board or commission. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / wacker

Congratulations are in order. You’ve been elected to the Thompson Park and Recreation Board and/or Commission. You now have a tremendous responsibility to serve, and to serve well. You’ll be working regularly with a group of professionals at the peak of their careers, and making decisions that will have a direct impact on the department’s future, its staff, and the community. With so many advantages to board work, here are four reasons to approach these new duties with enthusiasm: 1. … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, December 2012, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Creating Effective Managers

Skills needed for a park and recreation manager  By Steven Thompson  Since many new park and recreation managers are promoted from other positions within an agency, it’s important that management-training programs are available. New managers may lack essential management skills, and the only way to ensure success is to give them the necessary tools to obtain their goals. Presentation Many new managers have never had to give a professional presentation, but they may need to conduct budget-related presentations, deliver training … Continue reading

Posted in August 2012, Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Effective Supervision

Every year in parks and recreation departments across the country, coaches and supervisors take center stage as a new group of athletes files in to participate in swimming lessons, basketball camps, gymnastics, and many other adrenalin-pumping activities. Exactly what is expected of a supervisor of these programs? Supervision includes monitoring not only the athletes, but also the facility and equipment, and the environment around the activity (e.g., distractions). In almost every lawsuit claiming negligence, lack of supervision is included as … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, June 2012, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Resonant Leaders

In parks and recreation departments across the country, staff members and supervisors carry different levels of responsibility and authority; however, it is important to remember that each person contributes equally to the overall mission of delivering services to the public. No matter how many services are provided–recreation facilities, parks, bike trails and sports fields–the greatest resource for effective and successful programs is the staff. Coordinated efforts of the front-line staff members who work with the public on a daily basis … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, February 2012, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment