Monthly Archives: June 2020

Seven Predictions on Where The Green Industry is Going

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How confident are you in the future, in these times of change?  It is my responsibly to bring you insight into where the landscape industry, market, and economy are headed.  To do this, I plugged myself into many different networks.  The biggest is within my own community of landscape professionals. It is quite active, discussing trends …

The Pros and Cons of Landscape Design-Build

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Running a design-build business is a double-edged sword. There are big pluses and equally big minuses to owning such a business. The pros are growth and opportunity, and the cons will kill your fortunes if you aren’t careful. In the past two weeks I have spoken with three clients in my community, and one new …

Episode #156 – Why Growing to $20M (But Not $40M) Makes Sense

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Jim and Jeffrey Podcast

Jim McCutcheon, CEO of Highgrove Partners, Atlanta, GA (200 employees, $20M in revenue) is widely regarded as a landscape industry expert and a dynamic pioneer.

Besides his landscape firm, Jim and his wife Erin started Copiana, an organization that brings local food production to people and places.  It’s a unique business model exposing people to the joys of growing and building a sustainable food chain.

Jeffrey and Jim talk about both companies, his leadership team, people strategy, how bragging rights will get you into trouble, and why he temporarily shrank his business.

Jim is active nationally as well as locally in the landscape industry. His passion comes through in our discussions.

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Increasing the Value of Your Landscape Business

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I read something quite interesting in Forbes Magazine that will help you grow the value of your business. Back in 2018 Forbes published the results of a study that showed that companies with “diverse” leadership were more innovative and grew faster! They looked at 1700 different companies across 8 different countries, with varying industries and …

Leading In A Time Of Discord

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The world (or at least this country) is wrapped up in multiple crises happening at once. The pandemic/health crisis; the economic crisis; the political crisis; and the social injustice crisis.  These crises are impacting everyone in some way. It can feel overwhelming. People in your company, your family and your town are hurting. There is …

How Would Your Clients Describe Working With Your Firm?

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As a company grows larger, sometimes the clients suffer. We all know that successful owners rely on their people, their systems and a great culture to hold everything together. But is that enough? As your company scales, who is truly looking out for the clients’ best interest? Sometimes clients get lost in the shuffle when …

Episode #155 – Growing from $5M to $15M with Bob Drost

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As the founder of Drost Landscape in Petoskey, MI, Bob Drost has been reinventing landscaping since the company was founded in 1991.

His pioneering spirit helped build Drost Landscape; and his integrity, innovativeness, and commitment to quality have ensured continued success with each passing year.

Jeffrey and Bob discuss how he grew his company from $0 to $5M, and then speedily from $5M to $15M.

Bob shares his newest growth plans and his biggest passion that has powered the company’s growth, along with a bit of name-dropping of those who have contributed to their success.

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