The Prescott Journal - November 12, 2003
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
I thought it might be interesting to share my approach in working with Prescott Blossoms. I like being reminded of this definition I got at a management workshop some years ago (source unknown):
"A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach. Its members are committed to working with each other to achieve the purpose and hold each other fully and jointly responsible for results."
Well, in the six months that I have to work with the team, I find that it takes a few months for team members to learn new skills.
It also takes time to build awareness of each other's strengths and weaknesses and how to put these all together to achieve our goals of beautification projects for Prescott. All this is done through our daily work experiences and taking the time to understand the dynamics of team building. So, here's the second half of the definition:
"The purpose of team-building is to improve performance and productivity by bringing together knowledge and experience in a harmonious way to create new ideas, solve problems and make better decisions to achieve the desired outcomes. Working on and improving the relationships between the individuals in the group can accomplish this.
A team's skills are centred on task-oriented behaviours (the 'what') and process-oriented behaviours (the 'how'). The goal should be SMART:
* Specific* Measurable* Achievable /Attainable* Results-oriented/Realistic* Timely
So, with that in mind, we will be meeting our goal towards completion at the fire hall in the next week. A historic artefact will be mounted. Stay tuned to next week, when I'll explain further.
Also, the anchor planter at the town dock parking lot has been completed, except for some touch-up painting to be done in the spring.
A wonderful collection of plants went in all thanks to Inge Van Stralen, who led the way with the Canadian Tire Social Club a group of volunteers, working to make Prescott more beautiful.