Working with Your Garden Team


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Kansas Community Garden Conference
July 8, 2014
Beth Hinshaw

Many team issues can be avoided when you take the time and make the effort to develop positive relationships. This session focused on building team relationships and using the strengths of your team.

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Working with Your Garden Team

  1. 1. Beth A. Hinshaw SE Area Extension Specialist, 4-HYD July - 2014
  2. 2.  Connection is how you reach your full potential.  Being disconnected wastes time.  Are you paying attention to your connection with other board members/committee members?
  3. 3.  A metaphor that describes the amount of trust that is built up in a relationship. Feeling safe with another human being.  You can make deposits and have a reserve which builds up trust.  You can make withdrawals and overdraw the account which chips away at trust. From: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  4. 4.    Understanding the individual  Attending to the Little Things    Keeping Commitments    Clarifying Expectations    Showing Personal Integrity    Apologizing Sincerely when you make a Withdrawal    
  5. 5.  You cannot understand what is a deposit to another individual until you understand that individual.  A deposit needs to touch their interests or needs.
  6. 6.  In relationships, the little things are the big things.  Little kindnesses and courtesies are important.
  7. 7.  Keeping promises builds bridges of trust.  It is a major withdrawal to make a promise that someone is counting on and then not follow through.  With broken promises, you run the risk that they will not believe you next time.
  8. 8.  Ambiguous expectations around roles and goals are the reasons for most relationship problems.  Making expectations clear and explicit at the beginning takes a lot of time and energy upfront but saves great amounts of time and effort later.
  9. 9.  Great deposits come in sincere words.  It takes a great deal of character to apologize  Sincere apologies make deposits, repeated apologies interpreted as insincere make withdrawals.
  10. 10.  With words and behavior.  Integrity includes, but goes beyond honesty.  Be loyal to those that are not present.  Your intent should not be to deceive.
  11. 11.  Addressing Conflict  Forward Thinking  Work and Life Balance
  12. 12.  It’s ok to be different!  Build on talents
  13. 13.  Plan, prepare, communicate and discuss the workload, schedules, special events…    Draw the picture for your board/committee of their role in the program.    Take Responsibility for your relationships with office board and committee members.  You can start today or you can start over today. It is not too late to build a better relationship.