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Follow the Leader

As I look out my office window onto a large mass of Autumn Joy Sedum (Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY), I can’t help but notice that they are covered with bees. If you haven’t studied bees before, you may be surprised that we can learn a lot about leadership from them by considering their habits. Do you want to be a better leader? If so, take one minute to learn about three habits of honey bees that may translate directly to your leadership ability...

Selling Snow Services

It’s time to get serious about selling snow services for the upcoming winter season. But if you’re like most contractors, that means driving to sites, measuring square footage, endless spreadsheets, and lots of guessing when it comes to estimating prices. Here’s a better way to estimate that will save time while increasing your chances of winning the ideal snow contract...

Free Snowbidder.com Program Now Available!

If it’s free it’s for me. This program was built by our friends at SiteFotos for snow professionals to efficiently create snow and ice management estimates that are accurate and customized for each individual situation. This program is available right now at snowbidder.com. If you are a snow professional, I would invite you to take one minute to learn how you can help make snowbidder.com even better...

Now Hiring

We all know that labor is hard to find right now, and even the positions that are filled have increased responsibilities. Interns have always been known for being a source of labor, and in today’s job market, they can be more useful than ever. With positions hurting to be filled, college students are a means to fill positions and give the student a real-world experience in the fields they are preparing for. Whether it is just communicating with customers or managing a schedule, delegating simple tasks to an intern can help lighten the load for you or your employees and increase productivity...

I'm Quitting

Employees are saying, “I’m Quitting” to their bosses more than ever in history - nearly 4 million Americans per month, in fact.  As if finding people wasn’t hard enough, now business owners have to be worried about losing those who they already have employed.  Fortunately, keeping staff doesn’t have to be a mystery.  Here’s my three factors to set up employees for success...

A New Path Forward

If you’re like me, you’re enjoying not having to wear a mask everywhere. You’re glad to see fans in the stands at sporting events. You’re excited to go to your first concert in over a year. You’re looking forward to a regular college football season. At the same time, you’re seeing a new path forward that wasn’t there before the pandemic. I’m going to share with you my new path. If you are so inspired, you may wish to reply to tell me about your new path or give me a thumbs up or thumbs down on mine. 

Halfway Done

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through 2021 already. Are you halfway to completing your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like 81% of people, the answer is of course not. I say forget your resolutions (maybe you already did) and do something different instead. Here’s why…

What Did I Miss?

Last week, the Snowfighters Institute held its popular Forum for Sales event at the SnowEx world headquarters in Michigan. If you were unable to attend, you will not want to miss our fall event, Grounds & Institutional Management, focused on snow operations, site engineering, equipment planning, and event management. Registration is open and this event will sell out.

To assist you in making a decision on whether to attend, consider what you missed if you did not attend Forum for Sales last week...

Are You Exhausted?

Memorial Day Weekend typically marks the first opportunity for those of us in the green industry to pause for some much needed rest after a rushed spring start. Except this year, it feels like there is no end in sight as demand for services has skyrocketed while employees have disappeared. If it all feels too exhausting, maybe it’s time to try doing something just a little differently...

Which Customers Deserve You?

We hear the same thing constantly from exasperated hiring managers: “There are no people out there who want to work.” While I may disagree with the absoluteness of the statement, I completely understand the frustration that produced it. We are in a difficult hiring situation, no question. There are many sides of this to explore but what does this mean with respect to your customers, and, as the title of this article suggests, do your customers deserve you?

Winning the Pay Negotiation

The best way to stop employees from resenting their pay and demanding a raise is to diffuse the situation well in advance. It requires planning and foresight, but an employee compensation chart, or Path to Growth, can make all the difference. Here’s what it looks like, what to consider, and how to utilize it to keep employee pay in check and help them grow at the same time...