Weekly Roundup Report 7/20

TASKS ACCOMPLISHED

Monday, July 16

  • groomed Sunset Ridge trail and Stevens Loop trail

Tuesday, July 17

  • groomed Sunset Ridge trail

Wednesday, July 18

  • groomed Sunset Ridge trail
  • groomed Bell Mountain (Pine Hollow) trail

Thursday, July 19

  • groomed High Springs trail
  • groomed Paddock Ridge trail

Friday, July 20

  • various ranch projects and tasks

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Only 2-3 Weeks Left!  As we used our blue-yellow/abstract brains to contemplate how little time we have left to work and how much we have yet to accomplish, we increased our planning and evaluation discussions and thought of new ideas to improve our team efficiency and effectiveness.  Using our red/social brains, we collaborated together to organize detailed, daily plans, which appealed to our green/structural brains.

We decided that EVERYONE needs to be more engaged in discussions, so instead of sitting in the comfortable chairs that are spaced apart, we decided to meet around a table where we can look each other in the eyes and have more collaboration.  We also decided to use a large laminated trail map (vs. the digital map we have on each of our phones) so we can all focus on the map at once and again be more collaborative in our discussion.

We decided that EVERYONE needs to be more engaged in discussions, so instead of sitting in the comfortable chairs that are spaced apart, we decided to meet around a table where we can look each other in the eyes and have more collaboration.  We also decided to use a large laminated trail map (vs. the digital map we have on each of our phones) so we can all focus on the map at once and again be more collaborative in our discussion.

Here's the trail map we have been using all summer to coordinate our trail grooming efforts.

Here's the trail map we have been using all summer to coordinate our trail grooming efforts.

Here is our white board summary showing the key projects and tasks we have left to do this summer.  Writing down a checklist especially appeals to those of us with a green/structural preference.  As a team, prioritized lists keep us focused and united on what we need to accomplish.

Here is our white board summary showing the key projects and tasks we have left to do this summer.  Writing down a checklist especially appeals to those of us with a green/structural preference.  As a team, prioritized lists keep us focused and united on what we need to accomplish.

Discovering the Ed Young Trail.  A much anticipated trail to groom this summer is Ed Young.  It is our southern-most trail that has not been groomed for multiple years (at least in totality).  Here are some photos of what was found as we began the project.

We've often referred to the Ed Young trail as "Jurassic Park"...well, here is the evidence!  Trevan is looking forward to facing his fear of velociraptors...

We've often referred to the Ed Young trail as "Jurassic Park"...well, here is the evidence!  Trevan is looking forward to facing his fear of velociraptors...

We discovered an outhouse that was placed at the beginning of the east part of the Ed Young trail...so we're thinking that "Ed's Head" is referring to the beginning of the trail??

We discovered an outhouse that was placed at the beginning of the east part of the Ed Young trail...so we're thinking that "Ed's Head" is referring to the beginning of the trail??

Here's the inside of the outhouse...not exactly clean and welcoming...

Here's the inside of the outhouse...not exactly clean and welcoming...

Our Team Is Gelling.  Although we've had some challenges this summer learning to be sensitive to others and staying within the rules that have been set up, we are really gelling as a team.  Compared to the beginning of summer, we are communicating better, working harder, using our time more wisely and having more fun.

Here we have (from left to right) Zane, Sam, Todd, Nate and Allie grooming Bell Mountain (Pine Hollow) trail.  That morning, we set a goal for each of the two teams to start at the ends of the trail and work to the middle by lunch time, removing scrub oak on the trail.  By 11:50am, we had accomplished our goal.  Not only did we complete the trail, but we did a quality job!

Here we have (from left to right) Zane, Sam, Todd, Nate and Allie grooming Bell Mountain (Pine Hollow) trail.  That morning, we set a goal for each of the two teams to start at the ends of the trail and work to the middle by lunch time, removing scrub oak on the trail.  By 11:50am, we had accomplished our goal.  Not only did we complete the trail, but we did a quality job!

Here we have (from left to right) Todd, Gavin, Sam and Devin hanging with each other in the wifi lounge to eat their lunch and discuss the latest video game strategies...

Here we have (from left to right) Todd, Gavin, Sam and Devin hanging with each other in the wifi lounge to eat their lunch and discuss the latest video game strategies...

WHAT WE LEARNED

Leaders Need to Create Optimism.  On Monday, we met to talk about how optimism is a critical value we need to incorporate not only in our job and within our team but in our lives.  We watched a video about a teenage girl who has to prepare medicines to feed herself through a bag every day, yet she does so with a positive attitude and a determination to serve others around her.  We talked about Jerry's wife who, soon after learning she had breast cancer, knelt down and offered sincere gratitude for all her blessings.  Both of these examples show how deciding to be optimistic can have the power to chase the darkness from the light, form strong bonds between people and increases the chances for achievement.  Sam shared a quote on Thursday from Helen Keller, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."  When we look at the significant barriers of blindness and deafness that Helen Keller overcame to have such a powerful impact on the world, this is a value we always want to remember!

Although this video was produced by the LDS Church, we discussed how we can endure or overcome trials with optimism regardless of our belief system.  We also talked about "What is it in our individual lives that helps us transcend discouragement?"  "Do we have a higher purpose that gives us power to push through hard times?"

A High-Performing Team Requires Every Member's Engagement.  With only 2-3 weeks left to work this summer, we needed every person's input and agreement in order to plan and accomplish what we have left to do.  Here are the ideas we implemented to increase our ability to succeed:

  • Sit around a table and face each other vs sitting in comfortable chairs that are far a part to have meetings.
  • Use a large laminated map to focus everyone's attention and get everyone on the same page.
  • Team leaders use clip boards with annotated maps that highlight that particular teams' task that day.
  • Force ourselves to discuss details around where we will meet, next steps, backup plans, etc.
Jerry Van Leuven