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Harwood is a Managing Partner with Pro-Motion Consulting. Reach him at He is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager, NALP Trailblazer, NALP Consultant, and Certified Snow Professional. Harwood holds a BA in Marketing and Executive MBA with Honors from Michigan State University, where he was recently nominated Alumnus of the Decade.

Posts by Phil Harwood

2020 labor situation: crisis or opportunity? Posted on 13 Jan 2020 in the 1219 & Business & Featured categories.

For years, demographers, economists, movie-makers, politicians, scientists and others have been famously making false predictions of future events. Remember the doomsday predictions leading up to Jan. 1, 2000, or how... Read more»

High Performance: Year-end assessment — The 10 big questions Posted on 11 Dec 2019 in the Blog categories.

The most successful people take time to assess how things are going and the end of a year is the perfect time for such an assessment. There are 10 big... Read more»

High Performance: Happily left alone Posted on 13 Nov 2019 in the Blog categories.

Phil Harwood discusses why sometimes smaller accounts can be beneficial to pursue. They require less hands-on attention, but still contribute to profits. Read more»

Employee Retention: Change the recruiting conversation Posted on 22 Oct 2019 in the 1019 & Cover story categories.

If you want be successful at recruiting, it’s time to change the conversation. A new generation of candidates has different expectations of its employers, and these expectations present themselves initially... Read more»

High Performance: “We’ve been low-balled,” a timeless classic Posted on 15 Oct 2019 in the Blog categories.

“A low-baller is ruining our market!” It’s a common complaint but many times the complainant is just being out-maneuvered. Let’s look at some classic reasons why this may occur. Reason... Read more»

Create the ultimate GIE+EXPO experience Posted on 18 Sep 2019 in the 0919 categories.

Phil Harwood discusses how landscape contractors can create the ultimate GIE+EXPO experience when they make the trip to Louisville, Ky. Read more»