President's Message - October 14, 2014

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
COMMUNICATE - IT'S IMPORTANT

During our annual meeting in early August, John Rissler, NRCS Asst. State Conservationist, spoke to attendees on the subject of "Soil Health and Farm Bill."

However, prior to the scheduled time of his presentation, he approached the President with the question, "Are there other issues that need to be discussed?"

In summary, John listened and followed up with an opportunity for TN RC&D to participate in a grant contract for community gardens. His action and reaction to the short conservation spoke volumes on the importance of communication.

 

Unfortunately, today we fail to ask questions and listen to the response. The electronic media have degraded our ability to transmit what we want and what it takes to meet our expectations. "Google it" seems to be the norm. An occasional phone call will help keep all parties on track and avoid any problems that might arise.

Once upon a time "straight - talk" meant openly saying what you really have on your mind. By doing this, you encouraged the individual you engaged to do the same.

Yes, the economic crisis we've looked at the past few years has put pressure on many non-profit organizations. RC&D councils have had to modify their missions and identify individuals who have a sustainable interest in resource conservation and development.

The question is - do we have a paradigm shift for all administrative structures, be they private or government? The answer seems to be yes. Although it hurts, all organizations are learning to function with fewer people and reduced budgets. An e-mail is no substitute for making a phone call to leaders saying - we need your help in this critical time to serve our community.

Social media certainly has its advantages. But to survive today's challenges, collaborative networking, in face to face communications, will result in extraordinary advantages.

John Rissler demonstrated that fact.


Bill G Williams, President
TN RC&D Council

 for TN RC&D to participate in a grant contract for community gardens.  His action and reaction to the short conservation spoke volumes on the importance of communication.

Unfortunately, today we fail to ask questions and listen to the response.  The electronic media have degraded our ability to transmit what we want and what it takes to meet our expectations.  "Google it" seems to be the norm.  An occasional phone call will help keep all parties on track and avoid any problems that might arise.

Once upon a time "straight - talk" meant openly saying what you really have on your mind.  By doing this, you encouraged the individual you engaged to do the same. 

Yes, the economic crisis we've looked at the past few years has put pressure on many non-profit organizations.  RC&D councils have had to modify their missions and identify individuals who have a sustainable interest in resource conservation and development.

The question is  -  do we have a paradigm shift for all administrative structures, be they private or government?  The answer seems to be yes.   Although it hurts, all organizations are learning to function with fewer people and reduced budgets.  An e-mail is no substitute for making a phone call to leaders saying  -  we need your help in this critical time to serve our community.

Social media certainly has its advantages.  But to survive today's challenges, collaborative networking, in face to face communications, will result in extraordinary advantages.

John Rissler demonstrated that fact. 

 

Bill G Williams, President

TN RC&D Council