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 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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Two Quick Tips On Providing Undeniable “Value”

Two Quick Tips On Providing Undeniable “Value”

In March, I wrote that the common industry expression “100 days of hell” should be changed to “100 days to sell.”

It’s more upbeat and helps your team stay optimistic in tough times.

Here are two quick tips to keep you sane and selling in the 100 days of sales.

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Don’t Make The Same Tragic Mistake as Southwest Airlines

Don’t Make The Same Tragic Mistake as Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines was unprepared for their recent weather crisis. As the snow bomb and arctic storm unfolded over the holidays, it became clear that something was wrong at Southwest (I was flying on that day, so I know.). In hindsight, Southwest made one huge mistake that had a tragic domino impact on their schedule and passengers. Their mistake: They were not “proactive.”

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The Unique Growth Strategy of Ryan Lawn & Tree

The Unique Growth Strategy of Ryan Lawn & Tree

Recently, I took a group of 18 landscape business owners from my Leader’s Edge peer groups to Kansas City to learn the unique growth strategy of Ryan Lawn & Tree (RLT).
RLT is number 44 on the LM150 of top companies in our industry.
As we entered their corporate head quarters, the founder, Larry Ryan, was sprinting ahead of us like a man on a mission. I wondered where the fire was, but this guy is always moving!

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