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Content Type:Editorial
Author(s):Meindertsma, Michael
Author Affiliation:Director of the NMTMA Executive Committee
Title:It must be "we", not "us" and "them"
Source:Turf Times. Vol. 20, No. 5, April Quarterly 1991, p. 2.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Traverse City, MI: Northern Michigan Turf Managers Association
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Business management; Employee relations; Membership relations; Personnel management; The Golf Industry Show; Work environment
Abstract/Contents:Michael Meindertsma, a director of the NMTMA gives his opinion of a seminar he attended called "Negotiating" at the GCSAA International Conference in February. He expresses his anger over how some of the participants were "representing their organization ... and taking the opportunity to talk negatively about their organization." He expected the class to be a seminar which would "shed light on dealing with people; such as salespeople that don't make appointments, contractors that need guidance, or irate guests..." Instead, the class turned into a "forum for frustrated superintendents to air their bitter feelings to other frustrated superintendents in regards to how badly each of them are being taken advantage of by their employers." He found this type of griping to be useless and an ineffective way of dealing with problems within an organization. Instead, he stressed the need for better communication and teamwork. He also warned against the "separation of a team into 'us' and 'them'." The most important thing in an organization is that everyone involved work towards the same goals. He advises that "if you have a question, a problem or some input, make sure that it gets to the right person in your organization for a response. Also, don't expect recognition or respect just because of a title or a company name, but instead earn it through your performance actions, and treatment of others."
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Meindertsma, M. 1991. It must be "we", not "us" and "them". Turf Times. 20(5):p. 2.
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