Regardless of what industry you’re in, your level of experience, or what academic degrees you’ve earned, continued learning is key to being successful in this ever-changing world. Technology is advancing at warp speed, and at times it seems in the blink of an eye, the latest greatest gadget has become obsolete. Life moves fast, and we all must learn to keep up.
Peter Drucker, a respected and influential business author and management strategist, once said, “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.” And, the field of sports turf maintenance has certainly seen its share of change. Researchers and developers have provided the industry with myriad new products, turf types and techniques that were unheard of just a few short years ago, and if you’re not staying on top of the latest advancements, you’re missing out.
Fortunately, there are many opportunities for continuing education in sports field management. From local chapter meetings to national conferences, field days to online courses, there are a variety of options to fit your hectic schedule. See page 22 of this issue for an in-depth look at just some of the available opportunities. We’ll also keep you up to date on educational events in your area through the Happenings section of our biweekly e-newsletter, From the Field. If you’re hosting an event that you’d like included, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
As I’ve said before, your greatest resource is your peers. The exchange of information between field care pros can yield the most honest product reviews and timely information you’re likely to find. Utilize others’ knowledge and share your own. Visit www.SportsFieldSite.com to share your experiences with others in the industry, and to ask your peers’ opinion of issues you may be having.
As always, I love to hear from you, so let me know what topics you’d like to see covered in future issues and how we can become a better resource for your continued learning.