Nov. 15 2017
If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system while tapdancing with a blindfold on. But when it comes to figuring out all the tedious calculations involved ...
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June 17 2016
Taken as a whole, our industry is one of the greatest unremarked-upon workhorses of society. Landscape contractors get more done with less fuss than any other profession. Every member of our crews is expected ...
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Oct. 15 2015
I remember a number of years ago, I met with an individual who worked at a large company, who had enrolled in a stress management class that I would be teaching. As a part of my pre-class interview, I ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Charlie Hall reported recently in Greenhouse Grower magazine two of the changes forecast for the green industry ...
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May 15 2015
"There just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything I have to do!” Haven’t we all said that at one time or another? If you’re involved in the green industry in any sort of ...
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Dec. 15 2014
Harlan Eaton is not a giant of industry and he never really wanted to be. As a young boy growing up in Iowa, he learned good values and a good work ethic. After high school, Eaton made a decision not to ...
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Aug. 15 2014
“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, ...
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April 15 2014
You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand ...
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March 14 2014
When many entrepreneurs hit a snag, they point the finger at outside factors. But Suzanne Evans, author and entrepreneur, says that you—and you alone—are the source of your success or failure. ...
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Feb. 14 2014
When Barbara first met John Stropko, she said, "I was crazy about him." Almost 30 years later, they are still joined at the hip. In fact, I would say the Stropkos are living a life they love. They are ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Smith was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for a local building contractor. When his dad was 28, with a wife and five children, he found out that he had a tumor on his ...
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Sept. 15 2011
When Janet Reilly was a very young girl, if you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer would probably have been either a doctor or a teacher. However, neither of those were the career ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the ...
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Nov. 1 2006
If you've ever sat around on a Monday night to watch a football game, you're probably familiar with the term 'sports analyst.' Often a former player, now a sports analyst, gives his opinion on how well ...
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Dec. 9 2011
When you’re busting your butt in a challenging economy to run your business—and even trying to grow it—few things are as frustrating as wasted time and effort. Each is a giant sucking ...
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Jan. 16 2012
As we enter the year 2012, I’m thinking about the New Year’s resolutions and how fortunate we are. Many landscape contractors have gone out of business over the past couple of years, and we’re ...
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Nov. 16 2011
I just finished another onsite consultation with a $2m landscape management company. Not the worst situation I’ve seen, but still, a lot of improvement was needed in most areas ...
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Sept. 15 2011
What about the old balance sheet? Do your employees generate work reports from the field so that you know what your costs are for that day’s work? Do you keep a continuing record on all job costs? ...
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