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How to work with a green committee - the politics of career management


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bsk100.jpgGrowing quality turfgrass is the part of the job taught to superintendents in school. What no one prepares superintendents for is the day-to-day politics of the profession, from communicating a position and making a case for expertise to fending off overly eager members/golfers, or reaching out to the green committee for support. Successful superintendents must be able to negotiate tactfully and patiently if they are going to succeed in an increasingly competitive market where expectations for quality turfgrass are greater than ever while patience runs thin and resources are stretched. 

In this presentation, Bradley Klein, Ph.D., senior write for Golf Channel and a leading expert in golf course architecture and a former political scientist, turns his attention to the politics of the golf course as a workplace. 

Among the topics to be explored are: the proper set up of a green committee and the green chairman's scope of responsibility; how to avoid the inevitable factionalism of any club by taking a step back and preserving a professional demeanor in the face of contending policies; how to treat labor and staff with professionalism and respect in ways that empower them rather than micro-manages them; and how to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies (members, public golfers and non-golfing public, and regulatory authorities) as you go about your day-to-day job.  

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