Profit Power: 7 responsibilities of a GM

August 22, 2018 - By

Last winter, I held a full day seminar on the topic of the CEO/COO partnership, with Frank Mariani, owner of Mariani Landscape, and his COO Fred Wacker. It also featured Paul Fraynd, CEO of Sun Valley Landscaping and his GM Ashly Neneman. The role of the COO and the GM are similar, depending on the size of the company. We... read more

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Government Affairs: Tick-, mosquito- and flea-borne diseases at all-time high

August 6, 2018 - By

For an industry that spends most of its time outside, the increase in diseases caused by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas should be a huge concern. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which tracks disease incidence nationally, show that diseases from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas almost doubled from 2015 to 2016, rising to 96,075 from 55,660, the... read more

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Guest post: Recruit high-level candidates on LinkedIn through your personal brand

July 31, 2018 - By

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site with more than 560 million users, making it the go-to social media for job seekers and job recruiters. If you’re looking for management candidates to help you grow your landscaping business, LinkedIn is a great place to create new relationships. Here’s a hint—it’s not just about posting jobs. These candidates probably aren’t... read more

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Communication Coach: A tool for getting company culture right

July 25, 2018 - By

Company culture is a reliable predictor of an organization’s health. If you get company culture right many things will naturally fall into place. In fact, the right culture promises to smooth out several of our industry’s top challenges: Workplace productivity; Employee engagement; and The customer experience. Great company culture is something you know when you experience it. It’s a signature... read more

Profit Power: Giving back is good—even great—for business

July 17, 2018 - By

Giving back is one of my favorite topics to speak on, and to consult on, and to do myself in my personal life. Why? Because it brings a big smile to one’s face, the receiver and the giver, and it can be great as a corporate strategy, too. My friend and National Association of Landscape Professionals board member Shayne Newman,... read more

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High Performance: Teamwork lessons from the FIFA World Cup

July 10, 2018 - By

  In most countries around the world, the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament is bigger than the Super Bowl is in the U.S. It is a really, really big deal. This tournament showcases top-level talent from around the globe. Players from all different teams come together to compete for their home countries. In doing so, they provide an excellent example... read more

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