June 29, 2015 // 10:53 AM
In the Bushes
Written by Scott Miller
Earlier last week, about 7:30 in the morning, as I'm headed for the main entrance I see Scott Weaver, our Director of Campus Services, standing in an obscure corner among some shrubbery with his hands on his hips looking around. I was intrigued so I hung back to see what he was doing. It didn't take long to figure out he was looking things over and something was on his mind.
I park in the parking lot by the Village Square just outside my office. We have an employee lot and I'm more than happy to park there, however even though we are a non-smoking campus, cigarette butts seem to end up in our parking lot. As a side note, did you know that cigarette butts are non-biodegradable but they can be recycled? Is that innovative or what? Anyway, I park by the Visitor's Entrance so I can pick-up the cigarette butts and other things that don't belong in the parking lot on my way in every morning.
My curiosity rising, I walked over to ask him what he was looking at. As I got closer, I noticed there were white lines sprayed on the mulch and on the grass. As we got talking, he began to review with me what he had in mind. He wanted to enhance the attractiveness around the patio just outside of our Refresh coffee bar. Innovation is one of our core values, and everybody loves "big" innovations but small incremental innovations add up. That was what was happening here. He was standing among the bushes imagining what the area could be; how it could be improved, what would make it more appealing and give it an enhanced presence. It's one of the reasons our campus always looks so good because not only does the campus services team pay attention to the details, there is a mindset of continuous improvement.
As we got talking, he expanded upon his vision for the area just beyond the patio. He talked with excitement and passion as he described his ideas. It's this excitement, passion, and commitment that helps make Garden Spot Village one of the absolute best retirement communities, in my opinion, anywhere. But then, I'm biased. What I will say is that I have people tell me all the time, "We've visited fifteen communities and nothing compares to Garden Spot Village." That's nice to hear and we appreciate it, however we're just trying to do our best and provide an environment that is rich with possibilities.
Innovation is one of those things I've always had an interest in. I like to read about it and think about it. I just find the intricacies of innovation fascinating. For me, this was a perfect picture of innovation that comes from the heart - a guy, standing in the bushes at 7:30 in the morning - imagining the possibilities.