The bushes against the wall were installed today. They seem taller than the others, so should make for a pleasing visual effect. We just might have over 100 plants around our business now, and it really, really looks great! Come check it out. Thinking about running a contest to name our "gardens" out back. Any suggestions?
The above photos are of 4th Street between 22nd and 23rd. The sidewalk didn't exist on June 8th, and you can now walk on a sidewalk on the north side of 4th Street from Greensboro Ave. to behind the makers market without EVER having to walk in the road. For those of you reading this, here is some inside information. This area is slated to go to a two-hour limit like most of the rest of Downtown Tuscaloosa.
WOW! All we can say is that the City has really gone first class on the landscaping. Kudos to the landscaping team working so hard today. Can't wait to see final product. So close to the end!
As far as access to the makers market, we are very fortunate to have parking exactly where we had it before the construction. Many more businesses are not quite so lucky, but the end is in sight.
Downtown needs your support even more in August. To have slower sales in already a slow month affects a business much more, so helping those businesses in August is very important. Our July was far less than last year, so we are looking for a special next couple months.
There are new restaurants and shops all around the Downtown area. With the results coming from the 4th Street Improvements, Downtown will continue to evolving into a very special place.
Hope to see you soon!
Once the boss sees what is going on, there is an increased pace of work. This is human nature, and when managing people, can be used as a tool for motivation. There is one necessary component, though. Do what you expect.
You must set an example as the boss. Your actions are seen by all those that work around you, and your actions speak many times louder than your voice. Everyone wants to impress their boss (again, human nature), but when you are the boss, you are the one that needs to impress.
You need to impress your expectations with your actions and words. When you do something you have told your workers not to do, your credibility slips. If you do something against the rules, you may be sending a signal to your workers that the behavior you did is acceptable.
The public also has eyes, and when they see the boss doing something they maybe shouldn't, the public will also form an impression of your company that you may not intend. Own the poor decision you made, correct it, and move on. It may even be worth an apology
Consideration of what is going on around you is another aspect of being a good boss, and your actions will show your awareness of others. If you care, you won't ever face any issues from your workers or the public. Most of the time you won't even be recognized as the boss.
When you don't care, it is easy to see who you are.
Here is a view from today. You would think this is really bad, but no, it isn't. This truck at the front of our store is pouring the concrete that is the NEW SIDEWALK out front! The curb was already done, so that is a huge chunk of work done in only a few day.
Saturday morning is when the front was started, and they are POURING THE SIDEWALK on Wednesday! That is quick, folks. When you travel around looking at construction, don't make negative judgments about progress. Embrace the change, and enjoy the results.
Will update some pictures tomorrow, but kudos to the crew getting the sidewalk poured so quickly.
Anyone know what the title stands for?
Setting expectations from those you manage allows you to get jobs done. Having expectations is different from setting expectations. If your people don't know what you expect from them, you will struggle to get things done.
This will be the time most difficult for our normal operations. Construction has begun on (what we call) the front of our building. This is the 22nd Avenue side. We have a rear entrance which is fully accessible, so there is still an easy way in to the makers market.
For the next week or so, we ask that you park behind our building on 4th Street. The photo on the right shows the new parking area you can use. With various construction activity happening at random times, we also ask you be very aware of your surroundings when traveling to see us.