Aug. 15 2016
Working on keeping your company running efficiently is the management equivalent of daily exercise. You know you ought to devote an hour to it every day, but it’s hard to carve out the time to ...
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Nov. 16 2015
When Deborah Hamlin accepted the position of executive director of the Irrigation Association (IA) in 2006, little did she realize the challenges that lay ahead. But the association soon found out that ...
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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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Aug. 17 2015
You roll out of bed while it’s still dark, bolt down some coffee, then bundle up in hat, gloves, boots, pants and parka. You head out into the cold, dark streets to push, shovel and melt ice and ...
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May 15 2015
Having an exit strategy two to three years ahead of time allows you to maximize your company’s value. This article addresses common misconceptions and mistakes that we have found business owners ...
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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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April 15 2015
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as they described how technology was improving their ...
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April 15 2015
Now phones do so many things, it would take this entire article to list them all. They’re entertainment centers, data managers, storage devices, navigation systems, and access portals to the Internet, ...
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Jan. 15 2015
In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks. Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy ...
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Jan. 15 2015
Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association ...
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Nov. 17 2014
One of my green industry clients recently made the move to invoicing their customers electronically. One thing he and his staff learned immediately was that some of their Baby Boomer customers did not ...
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Nov. 17 2014
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a ...
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Oct. 15 2014
Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred ...
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May 16 2014
“Raindrops keep falling on my head” is the opening line of a popular song, but you can bet Burt Bacharach would be singing a different tune if those raindrops were falling inside his home. ...
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June 16 2014
A few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star ...
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May 16 2014
A friend and I went to a restaurant the other day. After we were seated, the waiter came to our table, handed us menus and said he would be right back with bread, butter, and water. He returned shortly ...
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March 14 2014
His father had a heating and air conditioning company, so Elmore was no stranger to the business. “When I was out of school on holiday breaks or during the summer, I would go to the office with my ...
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March 14 2014
The best way to tame these nasty beasts is to nip them in the bud. fortunately, we have some pretty potent weapons in our arsenal that can do just that; they’re called pre-emergent herbicides. When ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water ...
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