September 13, 2005
An Effective Landscaping Team
An effective team in the landscaping field would need characteristics retating to social skills and the ability to work well as a team. There are different steps to producing a landscape that don't necessarily have all the same people involved in. The first step is the designing. A designer views the site and produces a plan that has to be detailed enough that the foreman can install it. Sometimes different aspects of the plan may be installed by different sub-contractors. Here is a list of things that could (this isn't always the case) have a seperate sub-contractor: decks, cement work, ponds, retaining walls, and others. These people could be different than the crew installing the plants. Therefore it is extremely important that the various foreman have good communication skills and can work well with others. The designer, as well as needing to answer questions and work with all the parties doing installation, must be a good listener and be able to transform the clients wants and needs into a landscape. These several groups must be able to work together and coordinate from the beginning of the job through the end.
Posted by at September 13, 2005 9:23 PM
Hi Brent - I could have used your perspective several years ago when my husband and I hired a landscape crew to design and develop a patio for us. The sub-contracted lead enhanced the design and included a double retaining wall on both side, which turned out to be vitally important because of the watershed issues on our property. This lead (also a foreman?) was an incredible designer, but was an awful leader. He could not keep track of his team - some days they showed up, others they did not. My husband talked with the foreman that we were paying and someone from the crew was let go. I thought this was a terrible decision, since clearly the crew lacked leadership and direction. They were more than willing to work, but their boss was often MIA. Drawing from your comment, I found that the subcontracted lead might be better served as a designer and leave the leadership to an employee who might excel and motivate. Alternatively, he could acknowledge his leadership deficiencies and work on them.
In the end, our patio looked great. It just took months longer than we expected - and the disorganization and discontent of the crew was very apparent to me (as the client).
I agree with you: "foreman have good communication skills and work well with others." Do you plan to own your own business in landscaping?
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I agree with the importance of communication skills especially in a team. You have to deal with each other's personality and you have to communicate with each other effectively to avoid misunderstanding and misinterpretations that might result to personal conflicts. In a team, you need to have a teamwork to be able to accomplish your goals.
The importance of communication skills is not only within the team but with the stakeholders as well. The team's target customer, clients, suppliers and the likes. All of those are important in accomplishing the team's goal so good communication skills is needed.
Social skills is really important if you are dealing with other people and if it is in the course of your work. Especially if you have to work in team and have to deal with different kinds of people.
Social skills help you go along with people easily. It also makes a team work effectively and achieve goals.
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The skill of communication is really essential when working with a group or team. It is very important that the members communicate effectively for the group's success.
If the members don't have the skill of communication, several things can happen: misunderstandings, misinterpretations, delay of the project, etc.
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