You may not think of it this way, but for better or worse, training is a part of everything you do or say in front of your people. What you do, they will do. For instance, if you don’t demand that their worksite be well maintained, it’s pretty likely that your people won’t either…in essence a kind of training program headed the wrong way.
So how do you set yourself up to deal with background issues—the nonverbal messages you send in seemingly trivial ways—that are an important first step to an effective training program?
Years ago I read where General George Patton wrote in his diary that it was less important what a leader said than what he did. But further, it was less important what he did than what he was, and I think there’s something important here for anyone in a leadership position…a logical first step that in the beginning quite possibly involves a little play-acting.
How you develop this mantle of leadership is yours to pursue, but it doesn’t come about by accident. You hear tell of “natural born leaders”—Caesar or Patton, for instance—but if you read what they had to say about the subject and themselves, you find that it was a lifelong endeavor that allowed them to replace inner doubts with an outward show of certainty. It is, in my humble opinion, the most basic element in your organization’s success, particularly in trying times such as we find ourselves today.
As I look back over this, I see that I have not put it as well as I had intended, but the point is important, so I’ll go ahead and post it, warts and all.
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April 12th, 2012
Water Auditing 101
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April 18th, - May 25th, 2012
Sediment and Erosion Control
Master Class Series
Join industry expert and bestselling author Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC, CPESC and Tina R. Evans, PE, CISEC for a comprehensive 6-part online master class and workshop series (0.9 CEUs / 9 PDHs) exploring the ins and outs of effective sediment and erosion control plan design and review based on Fifield’s recently released 3rd edition of the bestselling manual Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans (included in your Master Class Series package).
April 26 th, 2012
BMP Nutrient Sources and Transformations -
How to Optimize Nutrient Removal in SCMs
Are your Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) effectively removing nitrogen and phosphorus from runoff? Join Bill Lucas to explore how to select and design SCMs to improve nitrogen and phosphorus retention. After an overview of nitrogen and phosphorous forms, sources, and transformations, Lucas will discuss how nitrogen and phosphorus transformations can be optimized in SCMs; how to select and design SCMs for settings; and how to tailor these programs to meet TMDL requirements more cost effectively.