Dec. 15 2017
I think back to the beginng. It was 1967, and all I wanted to do was start a business for myself. I wanted to be my own boss; but more importantly, I needed to be able to support my family. It’s ...
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Dec. 15 2017
But how about the future? Are you ready for that? Even more importantly, is your landscape business ready for it? The end of the year is the perfect time to take a close look at your operation and see ...
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Nov. 15 2017
It was a summer job, and he would drive around, cooling off the greens. When it was time to go back to school, he worked at the course during the Christmas holidays and on school breaks. He would also ...
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Oct. 16 2017
There’s an increasing desire on the part of many homeowners to make their landscapes do more than just be beautiful looking; they want to be fed by them, too ...
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Oct. 16 2017
As ridiculous as that may sound, when it comes to having a balance of the right kind of team members, far too many businesses and organizations make the same mistake. In other words, they have the wrong ...
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Oct. 16 2017
When I talk to people, especially successful people, I like to ask them how they got to where they are now. Many of them told me they learned and polished their skills by starting from the ground and working ...
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April 15 2017
It has been said that all organizations have some degree of dysfunction. When you stop to consider the jigsaw puzzle of people who are brought together to work for the same company, it is easy to understand ...
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March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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Feb. 15 2017
When Greg Hunter graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined the family business. However, it’s the dash between the year that he joined ...
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May 16 2016
Drugs are everywhere, it seems—from the legally prescribed ones, such as opiate painkillers, to the illegal ones such as crack, heroin and methamphetamine. And then there’s marijuana, legal ...
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March 14 2014
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place ...
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Feb. 14 2014
Alex knew Chase had tremendous potential. As his manager, Alex was frustrated watching someone like Chase wallow in mediocrity when he should have been excelling in the workplace. It wasn’t laziness; ...
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Oct. 14 2013
Talk about a woman in a man’s world, Judy Altmaier is the epitome of that. It’s one thing for women to hold executive positions, and more are reaching the top rung, but you won’t find ...
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June 1 2007
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about ...
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Sept. 19 2012
Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights ...
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Aug. 17 2012
You’ve probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are “married to their work.” it’s true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion ...
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July 20 2011
You’ve heard people say this over and over again: “I don’t have time.” The fact is that we all have the same number of hours in each day and we choose what to do with those hours. ...
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Dec. 9 2011
I’ve tried to figure out what makes a good show and what doesn’t. It turns out that it’s all about the attendance. Exhibitors perceive that the aisles should be jammed with people. Yet ...
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