Category Archives: Employees

A Unique Strategy For Building Employee Morale: Using Camaraderie, Caring & Food

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How do you build employee morale, and turn it into a competitive advantage, where your employees fight for your company and brag about working for you? Sometimes it’s the pay, and sometimes it’s the perks you offer. But sometimes it’s the love you show. The following story is going to inspire you to do more. …

Casting A Compelling Vision Is The Key To Growth

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Have you shared a vision that is so compelling that your team jumps out of bed every morning and runs into work? Do you even know what a compelling vision looks like? Last week, I was Zooming with a coaching client, Almora Hudson, the owner of a second-generation landscape firm in Northern California. They have grown far beyond the …

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 …

Poach or Be Poached?

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A recurring question that you face—and one that I am asked occasionally—is it okay to poach employees? And/or what should I do when someone is poaching my employees? First off, when someone offers one of your better employees $10k more and they leave, either they were unhappy with you, or you were underpaying them, or …

Is Recruiting Broken?

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Remember a while back when finding an employee was more like fishing in a full pond? You had the opportunity to pick and choose, however for the employee it meant ‘really selling yourself’ and working hard to land a good job. These days the tables are turned. And many companies feel that recruiting is broken. …

Join Sabeena Hickman, The Power of Women in Landscaping

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Change is affecting every aspect of our lives and business: Economics, people, technologies and business methods are rapidly impacted. We have a new Webinar series: Contractor Conversations 2018. With amazing insights from experts with proven records of success, we will share with you growth strategies that will help you transform your business success. The first …

Something Amazing Happened Last Week

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In case you missed the most amazing conference last week, “Effective CEO/COO Partnerships,” here are  10 takeaway’s from the event, as told to me by the participants. I need to plan more “us” time for my COO and myself, in order to do real planning and for me to effectively share the vision and such. …

A New Kind of Employee Review

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Here is a new approach to employee reviews. Now is the time to hold them, don’t wait till year-end.

Watch this short video for a new and better way to think about and hold employee reviews. Share it with other managers and develop a more productive approach to mentoring your team!

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What To Do When a Key Employee Leaves

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At some point in the life of your company, you will lose a key team member or manager––or two or three. Possibly someone you thought was your best person ever, or someone you were counting on for a successful year. After the initial feeling of disappointment, and after a quick (!) evaluation of what you …

Leading In Lean Times

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Some winters are flush with cash and some winters are lean. When winter revenue is low, you may feel like you are in lean times, like Moses wandering through the desert. While this can be a bad feeling, focusing directly on a ‘lack of money’ will make matters worse. I received an email from a …