Career Hot Topics

Monday, Feb. 4

1 – 3 p.m.
Room 4

Chairperson: Michael L. Upchurch, Golf Course Superintendent, Marshall Lakeside Country Club, Texas

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Motivating yourself and Your Team During Challenging Times

Rick Capozzi, International Speaker, CapozziGroup

Who motivates the motivator? In order to motivate your team more efficiently and successfully you must first be able to motivate yourself. This session will let you:

  • Assess when to use the carrot and when to just use the stick to motivate
  • Interpret how the current data on employee engagement applies to you
  • Determine what to do with the employee who is just not on the team
  • Review 20 no cost ideas to motivate your team

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Nonverbal Communication: What You Do Speaks So Loudly — I Can't Hear What You Say

Rick Capozzi, International Speaker, CapozziGroup

Research shows that 55% of the message received in face-to-face communication is communicated nonverbally whether intended or not. Are you making the most of your interactions by consciously choosing your nonverbals and efficiently reading the messages being sent to you? In this session you will:

  • Create a heightened awareness of the impact of nonverbal communication
  • Review the three major forms of nonverbal communication and how to make them work for you
  • Tune into the messages you are sending (consciously and subconsciously)
  • Practice reading/interpreting gestures and body language

2 – 3 p.m.

Ace That Interview

Kathy Antaya, CGCS, Consultant, Antaya LLC
Dale Kuehner, CGCS, Seven Springs Golf Course, Pennsylvania
Carol D. Rau, PHR, Career Services Consultant, Career Advantage LLC

Watch and learn as experienced superintendents show you how to handle those tough interview questions. Career consultant Carol Rau will moderate the process and help highlight how to gracefully address difficult interview situations and how to provide the answers that will get you that next job.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

10 a.m. – noon

Chairperson: Gary L. Myers, CGCS, Sagamore Golf Club, Indiana

10 – 10:30 a.m.

A Whole New Game: Managing Your Career through a Changing Golf Landscape

Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., Architecture Editor, Golfweek

Not long ago a superintendent enjoyed a successful career thanks to his or her ability to grow good turf. Nowadays, what used to be the benchmark of excellence has become the entry-level minimum for getting into the profession. Job security and advancement require a mastery of many skills that they never prepare you for in turf school. What used to be a leisurely recreation has become a much more bottom-line business, with people involved determining your success who know less about golf's traditions and more about bargaining and deal-making. In this talk, you'll learn what it takes to be vocationally successful in golf: political diplomacy, social media communications, personal skill-set development and an understanding of the game's changing culture at private clubs and public venues.

10:30 – 11 a.m.

Successfully Facing the Challenges of a Modern Golf Course Assistant Superintendent

Jared Nemitz, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, The Ford Plantation, Georgia

Students and assistant golf course superintendents: learn how to be productive, stay motivated, stand out and take the assistant position to the next level while facing challenges of a weak economy and flooded market.

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Dress for Success

Tim Moraghan, Principal, ASPIRE Golf Consulting

Be confident you are dressing to impress for all occasions. Making a positive first impression is the first step up the career ladder. Learn ways to look your best at every moment…and what NOT to wear.

11:30 a.m. – noon

Communicating Capital Improvements as Justifiable Inverstments

Nick Janovich, Golf Course Superintendent, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, West Virginia

Discover various tools to help you better communicate that your projects and course improvements are actual justifable expenses. Calculating various indicators of a project's impact better allows you to communicate projects to the business-minded decision makers. Quantitifying a project is essential in today's economy. Simply saying, "I need it" is no longer an option. Quantification is a must.