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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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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June 16 2014
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain ...
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May 16 2014
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing ...
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Jan. 15 2014
My partner Chip and I had just landed a large installation project for a new restaurant chain that was building several locations throughout our city, Nashville, Tennessee. However, at that time, our company ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Times have changed and advertising in the green industry has changed along with it. In the past, trying to get the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages or changing your name to AAA something was the way to go, ...
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April 16 2013
You have assembled the best crews and taken great care in employing honest, loyal workers. You know all your “guys” are on the up and up, so why should you be concerned with employee theft? ...
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March 14 2013
Incentives—rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive—all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and ...
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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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May 19 2010
Consider the story of Amanda, whose husband Tory was hit by a drunken driver while riding his motorcycle. Even though she had worked in their business, she was totally unprepared to replace Tory as its ...
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