TAG: Phil Harwood

High Performance: Managing the daily disaster

July 10, 2019By

In our industry, something bad happens almost every day. Someone is going to make a bad decision. Some machine is going to fail. Some customer is going to lose their mind. Some vendor is going to let you down. Someone is not going to show up for work. Disaster may be too strong of a word but is there ever... read more

High Performance: What’s your company type?

April 9, 2019By

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

High Performance: Accountability starts at the top

January 10, 2019By

As the new year begins, it’s a good time to refocus on our goals for the upcoming year. What do we want to accomplish? What are the big strategic goals? What are the sales goals, production goals and profit goals? What do we want to accomplish in our personal lives this year? Perhaps you worked on your goals for this... read more

High Performance: the ultimate recruiting method

December 24, 2018By

What’s the best way to recruit people? This question is asked of me more than all others combined. Everyone is looking for the answer, and I’m going to give it to you. The ultimate recruiting method is for your current team members to become your recruiters, not because recruiting has been assigned to them or because you have incentivized them,... read more

High Performance: Recruiting in a tight labor market

November 14, 2018By

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 you remember a time when it was relatively easy to fill an open position? I sure do. I recall looking through a stack of applications whenever a position opened up.... read more

7 GIE+EXPO hacks

October 8, 2018By

Are you heading off to GIE+EXPO? After talking with GIE+EXPO seasoned veterans Naylor Taliaferro and Phil Harwood, we came up with a list of tips to help you get the most from your time in Louisville, Ky. To learn more, check out our September 2018 cover story. For more tips, check out this Phil Harwood blog post. Photos: LM staff read more