Much like my golf bag, my email inbox needs some cleaning out as spring approaches. I found a few items of interest that might also inspire, provoke thought and/or elicit a chuckle:

Graphic on LinkedIn: “If you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, then put some water on your grass.” How appropriate for turf managers. Before you make the jump to a new job, ask yourself, “Have I done everything to make my own situation a more positive one?”

Establish a strategy before you jump right in.


From Twitter: “Give me six hours to cut down a tree, and I will spend four hours sharpening the axe.” This quote from Abraham Lincoln is simple, yet powerful. It speaks to the importance of planning. But it also references how one tackles a large task. Do you go straight to tactics? Or do you first establish a sound strategy and then map the appropriate tactics?

From The Ladders Career Consulting – the four most important questions employers want answered in an interview: 1.) Why are you here? 2.) What can you do for us? 3.) Will you fit in? 4.) What makes you different from others we have talked to? The job paradigm has definitely shifted. The interview is no longer about you, but rather how you fit with those already on the team. In a word: compatibility. It’s more than what you know and who you know.

University of Kansas Head Basketball Coach Bill Self to his team when times get tough: “We need to tighten our huddle.” Self tells his team to shut out the destructive messages and remove negative influences. The team needs to look inward and draw the answers from each other. They need to draw closer in their support of the team. How do you as a superintendent address outside influences (weather, disease, golf comments) that might drag down performance?

From a media blog: “We offer our sincere congratulations to Derek on landing this wonderful opportunity at Liberty National – further proof that the most qualified person to manage a golf property is a PGA professional,” said Pete Bevacqua, CEO of PGA of America. OK, I get it. The CEO is publicly advocating for his members. But in an industry where teamwork is vital, such an attitude smacks of arrogance. There is no proof that PGA membership (or Club Managers Association of America or Golf Course Superintendents Association of America membership) makes a person most qualified. The PGA is a solid organization. But in the end, it comes down to individual qualifications and not organizational ego. Every leader should be promoting the hire of the most qualified person. Period.

From his outgoing news conference, retiring Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel on what he was going to do next: “I don’t know, but it has to be significant. I want to make a difference.” Pinkel spent more than four decades as a mentor and educator. How many times have you had a change in your life that threatened your stability? Find something in your life that adds meaning and purpose. It calms the rough waters.

From LinkedIn: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Certainly this concept is not new. How many times do we see people limit themselves before they take the first step on a new path? It is true, we do learn by our mistakes.

From Twitter: “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” Trust might be the most important element of a high-functioning team. A trusting team is more efficient and minimizes mistakes. If you are looking to improve your team, build trust first.

From American novelist Rupert Hughes: The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.” Do you ever catch yourself or someone at your facility saying they cannot accomplish something because of the lack of resources? Rather than bringing problems to the supervisor, the focus needs to be on bringing them solutions.

Morgan Stanley Senior Vice President Carla Harris: “There are two types of currency. Performance currency is when you deliver what is expected and a little bit more. Most folks earn this early in their careers. It starts out valuable, but its value diminishes over time because people will come to expect you to deliver more. Relationship currency is when you cultivate relationships over time. This currency becomes more valuable as your career progresses. Your work should no longer speak for you. Your relationships should speak for you.”

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