Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

"Where Everyone Knows Your Name" is the title of my Presidents Message in the January issue of Golf Course Management. It begins with:  

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. 
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” 

While attending a recent industry meeting, a good friend and I engaged in a conversation about his current position. This individual is a respected professional who has served in a variety of roles in his career. He informed me that his current position was obtained in large part because of his interpersonal skills, not his considerable grass-growing ability. He added that the individual he replaced also had sound agronomic skills, but that person was more comfortable behind the scenes. 

The remainder of the message can be found here: "Where Everyone Knows Your Name."

Friday, January 4, 2019

Finding a Healthy Balance

"Finding a Healthy Balance" is the title of my Presidents Message in the December issue of Golf Course Management. It begins with: 

When I was in fifth grade, I was awakened one night by red flashing lights outside my home. Disoriented and frightened, I scurried to the front door in time to see my father being loaded into am ambulance on a gurney. In the coming days, we learned dad had developed diabetes and suffered a diabetic seizure. 

The remainder of the message can be found here:  "Finding a Healthy Balance."

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Daring to Belong

"Daring to Belong" is the title of my Presidents Message in the November issue of Golf Course Management. It begins with:  

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” 
— Theodore Roosevelt 
Recently I read the book, "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead."   The remainder of the message can be found here: "Daring to Belong"




Thursday, November 1, 2018

Eating a Frog and Eliminating Procrastination

"Eating a Frog and Eliminating Procrastination" is the title of my Presidents Message in the October issue of Golf Course Management. It begins with:

"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."

I am confident that I'm not the only one to feel this way, but I've often felt slightly over whelmed by having to much to do and not enough time to do it. At times, it seems the harder I work to get caught up, the faster new tasks and responsibilities are added. The remainder of the message can be found here: "Eating a Frog and Eliminating Procrastination"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Embracing the T.E.A.M Concept

"Embracing the T.E.A.M. Concept" is the title of my Presidents Message in the September issue of Golf Course Management. It begins with: 


Whether by coincidence, destiny or fate, I believe in the power of chance encounters. And last November, I experienced one of these encounters that ultimately set me on a path to reinforcing what I thought about establishing and being a part of a team.

The remainder of the message can be found here: "Embracing the T.E.A.M. Concept"



Saturday, August 25, 2018

It's Time to Toot Your Own Horn

"It's Time to Toot Your Own Horn" is the title of my Presidents Message in the August issue of Golf Course Management.  It begins with: 

When I was 10 years old, I played on my local peewee football team. “Play” is a loose definition for what I did, because I spent most of my time warming the bench, and by the end of the season, I was quite disenchanted.  My father could sense my frustration, so following another game in which I sat more than I played, he pulled me aside and told me a fable that has stuck with me to this day

The remainder of the message can be found here: "It's Time to Toot Your Own Horn"

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Strengthening the Lines of Communication

"Strengthening the Lines of Communication" is the title of my Presidents Message in the July issue of Golf Course Management.  It begins with:

The value and benefits of effective communications are something that I have championed throughout my career in golf course management. I'm fond of saying, "You can never over-communicate, but you can certainly under-communicate," and that expectation is something that I've instilled in my staff at Olde Florida Golf Club, and its advice I've given others in the industry when asked about how best to communicate with golfers.

The message continues with a recount of an incident that occurred early in my days at Olde Florida that helped shape my current beliefs on the importance of communications for golf course superintendents.

The remainder of the message can be found here: "Strengthening the Lines of Communication."