people skills

In the October 2005 issue of WaterShapes, I discussed a project that had tested my abilities and helped me to grow as a landscape designer.   To that point in my career, I had functioned mainly as a designer focused on planting design.  It was quite a step for me to accept the greater responsibility that came with a project that put me in charge of work on the total environment - pool, spa, deck, outdoor amenities and artwork placement as well as the planting plan. I knew going in that project management is a challenge no matter the size or scale of the job.  Coordinating various trades, anticipating schedules and materials needs, making on-site design decisions and covering all
Neat and Clean
Perception is reality:  Regardless of whether that's right or wrong, you are judged by appearances.  And there's no escaping those judgments because it's basic human nature.   If your own appearances mean ugly-looking vehicles, sloppy-looking employees, shabby offices and job sites that look like disaster areas, you will inevitably be judged with that image by the clients who have hired you and by anyone else exposed to those appearances.  Personally, I'd rather have them focus on the quality of my work rather than on superficialities such as these, but