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Thoughts from the Bench

There’s a different perspective from the bench; one that needs to be understood by a coach, manager, and owner. I’ve been on the bench before more than once. I’ve also been “benched” – demoted from a starting position to “riding the pine,” as they say, and am able to speak from experience. If you are in a leadership role, this blog post is for you.

“Book Club For Landscapers?” How studying a business book with your team creates a great company culture.

One of the most effective ways to get your staff to “buy in” to the growth and culture of your company is to work through a book together. There are so many great business books that it’s hard to narrow it down to a few, but here are my favorite business books that would be great for group study...

End-of-Year Tax Tips

We are down to the last two months of the year. Do you know what your taxable income looks like for 2018? Have you maximized available deductions? Most business owners have no idea how much less they could be paying in taxes with a little strategic planning. The tax code is made for business owners! Here are some other ideas to consider...

These are a Few of My Favorite (Podcasts)

The popularity of podcasts is increasing. Not only are more people listening to podcasts, but they’re listening to more podcasts. The beauty of podcasts is their accessibility. They’re free, they’re available through many different apps and programs, and you can listen anywhere at any time. I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m driving or walking the dog. My family listens together when we’re on road trips. (And it’s a great alternative to screen time.)

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…