If you talk to just about any musician who has been playing for awhile, they will tell you about one (or more) pieces of equipment they use that they are very particular about. As a drummer, for me, it’s my drumsticks. It’s not that I can’t play with other ones, but given the choice there is a certain make and model that I like.
They are: ProMark 5A, wood tip (oval), made of hickory.
That may seem over-particular, given that this sticks’ purpose in life is to hit other objects at various velocities and intensities. But each player has his or her own preference for how the stick feels in their hands and how it makes the drums and cymbals sound. I’ve tried others, (various sizes and materials), and have found this pair, the ProMark 5A hickory wood tip to be the one that works best for me… for now. Different styles and playing situations call for different sticks, but that’s another story for another day.
This talk about being particular made me think of my good friend William and trash cans. William was the outgoing manager in charge of Park Services at Valleyfair when I was the incoming manager of the same department. He taught me A TON about trash and park cleanliness, but one particular lesson stuck with me, mostly because William was so… um… particular about it. It had to do with trash cans not wearing skirts.
If you are not familiar with this term, here is a visual:
You see how the trash bag is poking out from the underside of the lid? William hated that, and through his teachings I came to hate it, too. The picture above is a fairly minor infraction – it can get much worse. It became my mission to educate my employees on the importance of trash can appearance. Over and above the skirt issue, were they faced and spaced properly so they were easy and convenient to use? Were they clean and not overflowing? These may sound like common sense, but if no one is paying attention to the particulars, these areas could easily go unnoticed. Then guess what… your facility starts to look a mess and the guests won’t come back. Skirts matter.
So here’s the question: What are you particular about? What do you care so deeply about that you go out of your way to educate those around you? Leave a comment and let us know what you are particular about.
Thanks for reading!
About the author: Another thing Matt is particular about is supervisor training. He feels it doesn’t make sense to train your employees if you aren’t going to arm your supervisors with the skills and knowledge needed to lead your business. Because of this particularity, Matt offers pre-season leadership workshops to ensure your teams are ready for the season ahead. Sound good? Click here for more information.