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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

High Performance: Recruiting in a tight labor market Posted on 14 Nov 2018 in the Blog categories.

When employers are struggling to fill open positions, it becomes even more important to be very selective during the hiring process. This may seem counterintuitive, but let me explain. Do... Read more»

Compete by engaging your employees Posted on 02 Nov 2018 in the 1018 & Business & Business Planner 2019 categories.

They say competition brings out the best in people. Is that true? In my experience, it’s not. There are other factors at play. If you want to compete to win,... Read more»

High Performance: 10 tips for attending GIE+EXPO Posted on 08 Oct 2018 in the Blog categories.

Are you planning to attend the GIE+EXPO Oct. 17-19 in Louisville, Ky.? If so, I have some tips for you. 1. Have a plan. Study the materials. Think through your logistics.... Read more»

Sometimes it is about the money Posted on 28 Sep 2018 in the 0918 & Featured categories.

My (fictitious) operations manager, Tom, just informed me he is leaving the company. I’m shocked. Tom is a good guy, and we have been investing in his development and going... Read more»

August 2013 Web Extra: Snow contract review tips Posted on 02 Aug 2013 in the 0813 & LM Web Extras & Snow & Ice Guide categories.

It’s important to recognize there are many different types of contracts to be considered in the snow business—sales contracts, subcontract agreements, employment agreements, buy-sell agreements and more. This scrutiny comes... Read more»

Snow Strategy: Smart portfolio management Posted on 01 Aug 2013 in the 0813 & Snow & Ice Guide categories.

Snow and ice management professionals face one of the most difficult variables of all— unpredictability. How many other businesses have no idea when they’ll be required to perform services, how... Read more»