Something Amazing Happened Last Week
Issue Number 070
January 16, 2018

Something Amazing Happened Last Week

In case you missed the most amazing conference last week, held in Chicago with the leaders of Mariani Landscape and Sun Valley Landscaping, I am sharing 10 takeaway’s from the event, as told to me by the participants.

  1. For my COO, I need to plan more “us” time to plan and for me to effectively share the vision and such. We communicate a lot in passing but rarely have formal one on one meetings. The success of our company depends on it.
  2. The most successful companies work with daily success metrics. You should be watching your profits daily, as well as weekly and monthly.
  3. Let each other shine. It doesn’t have to be just you. 
  4. Be ultra-clear about which responsibilities fall to each of the players in management. This can't only be an organic process.  It has to be clearly defined in writing so both of us understand what we are expected to take care of.
  5. You have “arrived” when you decide you have. Once you have arrived you have permission to be more giving, more generous and more of a leader. Even if your clients and staff are giving you confirmation (or not) you have to believe it yourself and live it every day. 
  6. Simple, open, honest communication. Don’t let the sun go down on a misunderstanding.
  7. High performers operate ‘one day at a time’.  Whether it is a goal of building a relationship, or finding a COO, or keeping score of the wins and loses. Don’t wait for a year end report card. Slow things down and take smaller bites with constant reflection.
  8. The best reason for growth is that your team members have to know there is opportunity for them to grow, too. 
  9. As a leader, do the crap jobs sometimes.
  10. The biggest thing I took away was inspiration. Many practical things I can do and I will choose 2-3 to implement but it just inspired me and made me excited to own my own business again. I get to paint my own picture:)

The next learning opportunity will be our winter webinar series coming up in a couple weeks, see below for more details.

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Jeffrey’s Contractor Conversation Series - February 2018

The first webinar will be focused on the Power of Women in Landscaping. (The 2nd will focus on technology and innovation; the 3rd will focus on developing divisional and profit center leaders).

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Here are the four women speaking; this first webinar will be super valuable for both men and women leaders who want to build and sustain a competitive advantage.

Heidi Heiland, CEO, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens, MN

Sabeena Hickman, CEO, National Association of Landscape Professionals

Pam Dooley, Owner, Plants Creative Landscapes, GA

Christy Webber, Christy Webber Landscapes, Chicago, IL.