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High Performance: What’s your company type?

April 9, 2019 - By

When it comes to staffing, I encounter three very different types of landscape companies. The first type of company is struggling greatly to find qualified employees. Some of these companies are on the verge of extinction — contemplating liquidating or selling. Profits have been suffering due to high turnover, low production volume, substandard quality, accidents, damages and more. There’s a... read more

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Government Affairs: Are you ready for the new federal overtime rule?

April 3, 2019 - By

On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed regulations concerning the much-anticipated revised threshold for workers exempt from overtime pay. The rule proposes to raise the minimum salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay to $679 per week ($35,308 annually) from the current $455 per week ($23,660 annually), an increase just shy of 50 percent. This salary threshold... read more

Communication Coach: The question that perfected my customer growth

March 26, 2019 - By

Is your business growing? I’m grateful a customer asked me this early in my landscaping career. It’s a question on the minds of most people trying to decide if they should embark on a journey with a business that’s new to them. The next and usually unspoken question they have is whether that growth is good or junk. Good business... read more

Profit Power: 3 conditions for scaling your landscape business

March 20, 2019 - By

To really scale your business consistently, you need three conditions in place. Capacity First off, you need capacity, in the form of a super leadership team, staffed with leaders in sales/marketing, administration/finance and operations. You need a team that has the capacity to develop new solutions as new growth challenges arise. It’s more than just having the physical capacity to... read more

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Government Affairs: Is H-2B reform stuck in a time loop?

March 6, 2019 - By

For those of you who have seen the Bill Murray classic movie, “Groundhog Day,” the H-2B saga seems reminiscent. As part of the deal to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, H-2B advocates in Washington secured language in the bipartisan compromise appropriations bill to allow the secretary of homeland security, in consultation with the secretary of labor, to... read more

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Profit Power: Fast growth requires trust

February 20, 2019 - By

This past weekend, I spent a day at the BMW performance racetrack at its headquarters in Greenville, S.C. It was rainy, and the track was slippery. It really tested our skills. I find that high performance driving has many similarities with running a successful business. Perhaps the most important similarity is the need for trust. For example, you must trust... read more

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