New Methods For Spring, Summer & Fall Training

New Methods For Spring, Summer & Fall Training

Before Kevin Kehoe (Aspire founder) passed away, he was asked “What is the biggest challenge in our industry?”
His answer, “The training of middle management.”
We are in agreement.
Many companies struggle here, but not everyone.
Here are some innovative (and simple) training solutions from my community to inspire you.
Training and Development Best Practices

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7 Powerful Strategies For Effective Sales Management

7 Powerful Strategies For Effective Sales Management

To scale your landscape business, you must ultimately grow an effective sales team. And to do that, you must become quite good at Sales Management. Ironically, Sales Management is one of those roles they don’t teach at school or university – almost nowhere, really. So you have to grab the learning where you can. Let me help you – with the following seven observations. Seven Sales Management Techniques.

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These 3 Accountabilities Will Ensure Stellar Results

These 3 Accountabilities Will Ensure Stellar Results

It’s going to be a great year—I can feel it. But only for the companies that have mastered the skills of Accountability. There are five key types of accountability that your organization must master to be on tops of it’s game.I spoke about these at my client-exclusive event, The Executive Retreat, that we held in January in New Orleans. To keep this brief, here are 3 critical accountabilities I touched on (I’ll address the others in a future newsletter)

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Ensure a Better 2024 by Managing Internal & External Uncertainty

Ensure a Better 2024 by Managing Internal & External Uncertainty

I recently spoke with Ron Edmonds, President of the Principium Group, a leading mergers and acquisitions firm serving the Green Industry. Ron and I were prepping for his talk at my Financial Master Class, chatting about how a company’s “value” is driven in part by removing the uncertainties in the business. The lower the uncertainties, the higher the value. Business Uncertainties can be split into two groups: internal and external. Our conversation on uncertainties reminded me of the Serenity Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. My version: Know what you can control internally and externally, and focus intently on those elements in your business; don’t stress on the rest. With that in mind, here are a couple examples to get your mind turning:

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Profit Sharing Is Not A Quick Fix – But It Works!

Profit Sharing Is Not A Quick Fix – But It Works!

A few weeks back I was honored to speak at the Kentucky Expo / Equip. It was a great show, seeing so many cutting edge technologies coming to market. I gave two presentations (to standing room only). One was on Open Book Management. To add some spice to my presentation, I included a case study from the highly successful Whispering Pines Landscape (“WPL”) in Ontario, owned by my good friend and client, Greg Wildeboer. When he and I started collaborating together in Dec 2015, he was under $4M, with a need to greatly improve cash flow and remove himself from the center of everything.He dreamt of implementing an effective profit sharing. (He had one in place, but it was not working great.)A PROFIT SHARING CASE STUDY: We proved that for Profit Sharing to be effective, you need “two shares”Gains: a fair and motivating way to share the financial gains. Numbers: a simple way to open the books and share the numbers.

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7 Takeaways from the Summer Growth Summit

7 Takeaways from the Summer Growth Summit

Our Summer Growth Summit at Mariani Landscape in Lake Bluff, IL was the HOTTEST landscape event of the year! Over 3 days, we had 26 speakers covering inspiring and cutting-edge topics to help any attendee grow to their next level of success. The Summit concluded with a discussion between Jeffrey Scott and Frank Mariani regarding how Mariani Landscape grew from 90k in 1973 to 59 million in 2020. Then they discussed what has happened since making a private equity deal in 2020 and where the company is headed now. Frank and Jeffrey were like two old friends talking around the fire pit. They also covered the pitfalls of the 4 day work week, how to solve the labor issue, and how any company could pursue an acquisition growth strategy. Many companies brought their teams, and the energy was palpable. Here are 7 takeaways to get your mind thinking:

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Gain an Edge by Hiring a “Continuous Improvement” Manager

Gain an Edge by Hiring a “Continuous Improvement” Manager

Continuous Improvement sounds like a cliche. Just like apple pie and motherhood (fatherhood), it brings a warm feeling to your heart, but it is much more than a platitude. It has the power to greatly tighten up your operations, whomever is leading it. Here’s a quick definition: It is “the ongoing improvement of products, services or processes through incremental and sometimes breakthrough changes”. It is mostly associated with process improvement. “How to continually improve processes, to give your clients a better experience, while helping your people become more efficient.”

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