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RMW January 2017

MANAGEMENT PIPELINE Welcome Baby New Year By Blair Corning ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 | 23 I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S 2017. JOHN PRINE SAID IN A song that “time don’t fly, it bounds and leaps,” and I now know what he means. In this business, where so many things repeat, I often find myself measuring time by these echoing milestones. Monday managers’ meetings, monthly DMR reports, the annual Water Quality Report, or yearly organization symposiums get me from now to then with years often getting lost in the noise. I often wonder if it is like this in all professions and industries or is more specific to our world of water and wastewater. It’s hard for me to tell after being in the business for 20 years. I have been doing this Management Pipeline column for more than a year now. I don’t know if people are having fun reading it, but I’m definitely having fun writing it. I would love to hear any ideas you have about management topics you would like to hear about in the future. I hope to do more collaborative articles in 2017. We are blessed to have so many great manag-ers and professionals with skills and areas of expertise that we could all learn from. I would like to bring some of their voices to the Management Pipeline column this year. Please email any ideas for topics in 2017, or post them to my blog. And let’s talk about the blog. I originally created the blog as a companion to this column to allow readers to sound off about articles or experiences related to article topics. This may have been my worst idea (or best) since Poopy Pals©. This was a concept for critter-shaped, injec-tion- molded, class A biosolids lawn and garden sculptures that look great and provide valuable nutrients as they are broken down by rain or sprinkler watering. As I say it now, that was a great idea. Anyway, the blog has been getting about as much traffic as an Ace hardware during a Bron-cos game. The idea was to get the “conversation” (as much as I’m done with this word and glad it was on the Lake Superior State University’s 2016 banished words list) going among industry professionals. I figure everyone is way too busy at work to be posting to blogs, but I thought I’d give it one more chance before sending it the way of the Winkler titration and lead service lines. So, with the beginning of 2017, I have posted some of my new year’s resolutions. I invite you to share some of your goals for the year on the blog at envirogyro.weebly.com. My 2017 New Year’s resolutions 1. Stop being angry at Flint for all the extra lead and copper related work the rest of us are experiencing.


RMW January 2017
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