Category Archives: Growth Tips

Do you “Work Hard, Play Hard” with your employees?

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Avoiding employee (and owner) burnout is key to maintaining momentum and ending the year with strong profits. With this in mind, I want to share with you sound advice I received from a millionaire entrepreneur. It came from my grandfather, who was orphaned at the age of 13, when both his parents passed away. He …

Are You Driven? Want To Test Your Limits?

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When you grow fast, you run tight on cash and resources. That’s not fun. When you drive fast especially around a turn, your tires squeal, and you may drift sideways. That is fun…or CAN BE when you know what you are doing. To have fun, and learn about driving fast and growing fast, I am …

Where Did Exceptional Customer Service Go?

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Everyone is in a rush these days. Company leaders rarely focus on exceptional customer service any more. Yet, to differentiate your landscape “services” business, exceptional service makes all the difference. After 2008, companies started slashing overhead, competing on price, and customer service dropped out of sight. Now that the economy has picked up, many companies …

The Price of Procrastination

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I know you are busy trying to survive the crazy Spring weather. But I also know you like to save money. So this is a gentle reminder… … that the price for the Design Build Growth Summit goes up by $100 as of Friday Midnight, May 31. Now is a good time to register, before …

Are You Driven To Win?

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I am inviting 16 hard-charging landscape entrepreneurs to join me for 1.5 days at the BMW factory test track in South Carolina. You will test your limits, have crazy fun, and gain critical insights in how to move beyond your comfort zone. Dinner Sept 26 (with a possible BMW tour if I can set it …

Fear of Making Profit?

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As we drive along the Rio Grande (for hours!) to my daughters graduation, I have time to reflect on recent conversations I’ve had with my coaching clients. One that stuck in my mind was on the topic of fear. Let me share my aha with you. My daughter is graduating from therapeutic boarding school and …

Every Business Has a Secret Sauce, What is Yours?

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It is my job in the landscape industry to pull business owners and leaders together in a forum where you can network and exchange ideas. I am giving you this platform in the form of a two-day conference, the Design-Build Growth Summit, August 27 and 28. You will find that most everyone who is coming …

Make Hay When The Sun Shines

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Last week I was on the Island of Nantucket ‘training’ with the best consultants in the country. I learned something important during this trip that I would like to share with you. On one of our training breaks, we rented two jeeps and rode them through the dunes and onto the beach, where we found …

Are You An Opportunity Leader?

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Elon Musk is in the news often these days, for his successes with SpaceX and for his failings with Tesla. His latest idea is to put Uber out of business with automated driving. He is a prime example of an “Opportunity Leader”, someone focused on innovation and creation of new products, new markets, and new …

Family Businesses can Learn Plenty from Top New Orleans’ Bands

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This week I’m down in New Orleans for my annual trip to The Jazz Fest (which is as much about creole cooking, new music and good friends…as it is about traditional jazz and blues.) I was struck this year by how many bands had their sons and daughters on stage with them. Some were pre …