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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Team-Building Skills

We’ve looked at three reasons new managers and supervisors fail in their leadership positions. Lack of training, lack of leadership skills and inability to resolve conflict in the workplace will severely hinder a new manager in their role. Today we’ll be looking at the fourth reason a new manager or supervisor would fail: lack of […]


Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Conflict Resolution Skills

The third reason that newly promoted managers and supervisors fail is because they lack the ability to resolve conflict or the ability to help others resolve conflict. It doesn’t matter where you work, if there is more than one employee, there will be conflict. It is only a matter of time until differing opinions of how […]


Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Leadership Skills

In a previous post, we presented the theory that leaders are not born, they are made.  They are made by the individual intentionally learning and putting into practice the competencies that are required to lead and direct others.  A manager who works for a public agency, such as a water district or sewer district, has […]


Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Training

In this post, we’ll look to challenge a common management myth. At American Water College, we believe that leaders are made, not born, and management skills are developed, not built-in. The skills and attributes that define good leaders and managers are not granted at birth to a select few who are destined to lead others […]


Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: The Peter Principle

Today we begin a series exploring the top five reasons that new managers or supervisors fail in their new position. Joe Kerschner, Founder and President of American Water College, has observed this phenomenon over the course of his career in Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management. The concept is not unfamiliar to the management world […]


Great Lakes-Lake Superior

Last, but certainly not least, Lake Superior, the largest lake by surface area of the five Great Lakes of Northern America. Lake Superior is fed by over 200 rivers, and pours into Lake Huron via the St Mary’s River and the Soo Locks. As the largest freshwater lake (by volume) on the North American continent, […]


Water: The Driving Force of Nature, Part 2

“We never know the worth of water til the well runs dry.” ~Thomas Fuller   From history to present times, water has always been the founding point of any society. Whether the nomads who traveled from oasis to oasis in the desert, or the Egyptians harnessing the power of the Nile, or the trade and […]

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California’s Water-Part Two

In our last post on the California Delta, we mentioned that it’s been called the heart of the California water system. It’s also a diverse ecosystem unto itself. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water marsh on the West Coast at […]

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