TAG: Leadership

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting hires new COO

March 12, 2019By
John Joestgen, COO, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Germantown, WI, hired John Joestgen as its chief operating officer (COO), a newly created role. read more

Leadership Advantage: Delivering intentional results

June 18, 2018By

During the early years in my career, I learned and mastered all the field level skills that helped me become a landscape technician. When I started my own business, I realized my field skills weren’t enough to make me a successful business owner. At first, things flowed smoothly, but as the business grew, things began to get out of control.... read more

Leadership Advantage: Get out there

April 12, 2018By

The value we deliver happens in the field, on our customers’ sites. Unfortunately, the more you advance, grow and mature in this industry, the further away from the field you get. If you advance high enough, the only field exposure you get is what you can see from the conference room window. But that doesn’t change the fact that most... read more

Leading: Set the tone

May 24, 2017By

You’re being watched. No, not by the NSA, or some other clandestine agency. It’s your employees, and your customers, who have their eyes on you. They watch what you do and know it’s much more important than whatever you say. As a leader, you set the tone: Good, bad or indifferent. When you’re a leader of a business, branch or... read more

Leading: Look and listen

April 26, 2017By

You can’t lead from behind a desk—or over the telephone. If you want to be a leader, you need to personally look at the front-line reality in your business, where your employees meet your company’s customers. In the military, it’s what leaders would call learning the “ground truth,” which can be very different than what you’d otherwise assume by relying... read more

Leading: Purpose second

March 1, 2017By

Once you’ve put People First and have assembled the right core team, a leader must assure that he or she is working in sync with other team members toward shared goals. This depends on having a crystal clear vision of what you’re seeking to accomplish. Purpose Second. It’s not enough for an owner or business leader to have a general... read more