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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...

My Biggest Regret

When I reflect back on my career, there are certain aspects of it that I wish I had done differently. I could have sold more contracts, I could have kept more customers, I could have increased profitability, and I could have made life easier for everyone. On more than a few occasions I could have been a much better co-worker, team leader, and friend. But all of these regrets have one thing in common…

Wisdom is Calling You

Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” The reality is that we aren’t born with much wisdom. Do you remember being 5, or 10, or 15 years old? Yeah, not much wisdom going on there... But what about as an adult? Do we just become wise with age or do we need to seek it out? The proverb says we need to listen to advice and accept instruction. What does this mean for us today? 

Who’s In Charge Here?

Lack of clarity is a serious problem in many organizations and, I believe, is a primary driver of employee dissatisfaction and turnover. And, it is possible that YOU are contributing to this problem. So, before you move onto something more important, please give me two minutes of your valuable time to read this blog. It just may be the most important thing you do today...

Spring Fever

This Spring season promises to be one of the busiest in recent history. With people at home more and money not spent on vacations or dining out, demand for landscaping services is rising. Combined with a tough labor market, many landscaping companies are simply passing on work. But some have figured out how to increase sales and profits to capitalize on the current market. Here’s how your team can dominate the market (with our best FREE tools!).

In The Flesh

It’s finally time. After more than a year, in-person networking and educational events are coming back. I personally can’t wait to see old friends and new colleagues face-to-face, to dive into real education, and to enjoy after-hours networking over dinner or at a bar. Here are the industry events I’m most excited about attending:

The Great Crew Leader Lunch Challenge

I believe that most crew leaders would want to improve as a crew leader if they knew how to do so and were supported in doing so. The problem is that there hasn't been an easy way to identify or show a crew leader specifically what to improve on. That is where the Great Crew Leader Lunch Challenge fits in. It's a super simple way for a crew leader to recognize or admit that they have room to improve. Here's how it works...