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Don’t Be Like Madagascar
You probably didn’t wake up today thinking you could learn a valuable business lesson from Madagascar. Not the cartoon movie, but the actual African nation and 4th largest island in the world. But here we go…
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How to Avoid These 5 Ginormous Landscape Leadership Mistakes
As an owner, fessing up to missteps in business building and management is hard. When you know something isn’t going well in your operational systems or with your personnel, it’s easy to stand back and put your head in the sand or focus on something less challenging. The cost is your relational and professional credibility with your staff. You can’t afford that cost. It’s both too high and hard to come back from. So, what do you do? You have to face it head-on. Name it clearly without blaming or shaming anyone - especially yourself. Then, outline what needs to be done, write out the steps, and take action. Here are the 5 ginormous landscape leadership mistakes and how to avoid them...
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How to Afford a 14% Employee Bonus
One of the biggest problems with labor today is that your employees want more money but you can’t afford it.  Some companies, however, make enough money to pay 10 times the employee bonuses as their competition without sacrificing profit.  Here’s the secret…
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What Is My Business Worth?
Being a landscape business owner is hard. There are a million things vying for your attention, and it’s usually the most urgent that gets it. Meanwhile, your business keeps going -- but is it growing? Has it increased in value over the last year? The truth is...
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What Is Open Book Management?
The philosophy of Open Book Management (OBM) is that businesses will experience greater success by sharing relevant financial and operational information with every employee. Employees receive information that not only helps them do their jobs well but gives them...
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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:...
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A Critical Message to Leaders...
I recently was able to spend some time with a business owner who managed properties for high net worth individuals. Think property manager for mansions. He was describing his job, the challenges, and the 24/7 demands that he faces. I couldn't help but...
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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...
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Leadership Lessons of Independence Day
As we celebrate America’s freedom each year on the 4th of the July, I like to reflect on the amazing leadership demonstrated by the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence...
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