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High Performance: Are you listening? Really?

July 13, 2016By

For the past couple of years, I’ve been mentoring a young man in his late 20s. We meet every couple of weeks for coffee early in the morning before work begins. Among other topics, we discuss his job and issues related to navigating the nuances of large company politics. At our most recent meeting, he informed me that he was... read more

High Performance: All about that base

June 30, 2015By

No, I’m not “bringing booty back.” The base (not bass) I’m referring to is the base of your company—your core people, that is. The base is the foundation that supports the rest of the organization. If the base is weak, the entire structure is unstable and prone to fracture or even collapse. However, if the base is solid, the entire... read more

High Performance: Not hiring

May 26, 2015By

Very few green industry companies are not hiring. In other words, they’re fully staffed with no openings. Most companies are actively looking for help, and many are desperately scrambling to just find anyone willing to work for them. This raises interesting questions. Why are only a few companies fully staffed while the rest aren’t? What are they doing that the... read more

Web Extra: 25 snow and ice recruiting questions

May 1, 2015By

To assess your company’s recruiting strength, answer the following list of questions and make note of the questions you cannot answer in the affirmative. Is someone responsible for recruitment strategy and processes? Does your company proactively anticipate specific staffing needs? Does a written position questionnaire exist for the position, outlining all of the details? Does a written job description exist... read more

What I’m Reading Wednesday: Where are the workers?

June 4, 2014By

A survey released last month by the National Federation of Independent Businesses indicates small business optimism is improving, but the levels are still not high enough to show the economy is expanding. “Small Business Optimism Improves, But Don’t Get Too Excited” NFIB The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.8 points from last month to 95.2. This is the... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: $1 million company role, salary guidelines

April 8, 2014By

In “When to add” from the April 2014 issue of Landscape Management, we interviewed LandOpt CEO Tim Smith, among other Green Industry experts, about how to know when it’s time to ramp up personnel. Smith shared tips about hiring your first office manager, why to outsource the bookkeeping role and when to add an in-house designer. Additionally, he provided the... read more