ANLA, Management Clinic 2007, part 3

wci-chop-2.jpgThere were a few other speakers I want to mention from the Clinic who did a great job, Aaron Davis and Nancy Leszcxynski. Then tomorrow I will finish up on Clinic speakers and move on to other things.

I have not been working on anything of great substance to really share here. I think everyone is waiting for the weather to break before we get busy to looking at Spring. The problem now is we (as are many others of you, I’m sure) are in a big cold snap. Not the best time to think of Petunia’s.

However I digress.

Aaron Davis is a former football player at the U. of Nebraska. Davis played on the great ’94 team, and has channeled that into a career has a motivational speaker, consultant, etc . . . he certainly has the energy for the job.

The title of his talk was Perform Like a Champion Everyday, and he came out swinging. It was very interactive, he had us talking to each other and working off of a 4-page handout that we were asked to answer questions from.

Another big part of his talk was bringing attendees up on stage and running a football play, it could have come off a lot cornier than it did-he was trying to emphasize (visually) the importance of teamwork . . . everyone needs to do their job or the play fails.

Davis’s other big key was what he called:

The 4 Pillars of Champions

  • Know Your Why?
  • People; Take the Time to Listen
  • It’s People not the Product
  • Go to the Next-Play

None of this was ground-breaking stuff; however, Davis is a very personable guy. His enthusiasm is infectious, and he connected with this crowd. Another indicator . . . he had a big group around him after the talk, lots of “yeah, yeah, I’m fired up man, let’s go!”

Excellent job using Sports as a metaphor for life/business. Good job Mr. Davis.

Nancy Leszcxynski (yes, that is the correct spelling), did a great job on walking us through the old gardens of Rome/Italy. Nancy is a very knowledgeable speaker on this subject and was able to keep the audience engaged and asking for more.

Nancy worked off a double-slide presentation, that’s right . . . double-slide, and it was great. The talks title was Using Ancient Wisdom and that is exactly what she showed us.

A few thing from the her presentation:

  • Villa Gambaria(sp?) outside Florence is a must visit
  • Villa Julia(sp?) in Rome seems worth a visit
  • “A road is a ribbon on the landscape”
  • “People throughout History create their own dreams”.
  • of course-Hadrians Villa at Tivoli, a must visit.
  • “A place to go to cultivate the soul”, speaking about the Villa Medici(sp?) outside Florence which was the 1st Renaissance villa built as the 1st pleasure garden.
  • “We are trying to fulfill the client’s fantasies”.
  • Finally the images of the pergola’s and loggia’s will have me looking differently at the prospects for using those. Especially pergola’s even in this much harsher climate I tend to live in.

Nancy would be perfect as a expert speaker on this subject. Not only the knowledge, and that knowledge is extensive, but she does a very good job connecting with her audience. As I understand it she now lives in Italy, and is getting set-up to run small tours, etc. Leszcxynski, I have no idea how you pronounce that, no idea.

More tomorrow.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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