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The "Talent War": Are You Ready?

When I started working in the landscape and snow industry 10 years ago, every business was concerned with survival.   “The Great Recession” struck hard and the future of sales and profitability for contractors was extremely concerning.  We were all caught completely by surprise and the industry suffered some very tough years as a result.  If you’re reading this now, though, you not only survived but have likely emerged stronger with new processes, solid growth, and increased technology to be better equipped than we were before.  Congratulations!...

Extreme Growth: $0-$42 Million

I spent most of my career working as part of the team that built Case Snow Management into the juggernaut of a company it is today. Recently, Case was recognized as the 4th largest snow company in North America with revenues over $42 Million. Even more incredible, this company was started in just 2009. Here’s what I learned about achieving supercharged growth in seven and a half years:...

Emergency!

If you seriously injured yourself, you would call 911 and head immediately to the emergency room. If your child, parent, grandparent, dog, or a cat (pick one) desperately needed your help, you would drop what you’re doing and go help them. Whatever else may be on your calendar is going to be blown off, rescheduled, or pushed back. What was a priority before the emergency is no longer a priority. When something is really important - an emergency - you make time for it. You don’t have more time, you make time...

Men and Their Chainsaws

Last fall, a tree fell down and blocked my driveway. I was working from home that day and was looking forward to cleaning up the tree with my new Stihl chainsaw that evening. You’ll never believe what happened next…

When $9.63 is Too Much Money

I see business owners make the same mistake over and over again.  They are aware of a problem and don’t want to address it head on. Great leaders know three truths about pursuing their dreams of success: it will always cost more than you expect, it will always take longer than you expect, and...