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Profit Power: 7 time management musts

September 18, 2017 - By

The following seven time management musts will allow you to get an enormous amount accomplished with less effort in any given week. I call these lifesavers because they will save your life from being overtaken by useless distractions and unending work. 1. Check email only at specific times of the day. As a leader, you only need to check email... read more

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High Performance: Cut the vine

September 13, 2017 - By

Have you ever seen a tree on a managed property completely engulfed by a vine? I’ve often wondered why a vine would be allowed to grow year after year, inching its way up the trunk of the tree and spreading out onto branches, knowing that it will eventually kill the tree. Perhaps the landscape manager never looks up and has... read more

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Government Affairs: What to do if ICE knocks at your door

September 7, 2017 - By

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new I-9 form on July 17. With raids and inspections by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of DHS ramping up, be sure you are using the most current edition of the I-9 form. Overall enforcement actions by ICE are increasing in line with President Trump’s efforts to crack down on... read more

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Leading: How do you sustain company momentum? Reward results

August 30, 2017 - By

Once you’ve assembled your talented team, focused them in pursuit of a compelling purpose, dialed in the details, then figured out how to measure what matters, there should be massive energy and forward motion in your business. A great deal of deep thought and determined effort are required to get things moving the way you want them to go. Once... read more

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Profit Power: Make your landscape business the ‘ultimate productivity machine’

August 24, 2017 - By

Growing up as a typical teenager with curiosity and a streak of independence, I bought my first car the minute I got my driver’s license (actually, a week before). It was a used BMW 1600 that cost me $300. I tinkered and toiled on that car, keeping it running summer and winter—it was my pride and joy. My 1600 series... read more

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High Performance: Where’s the beef (aka gross margin variance) on your jobs?

August 7, 2017 - By

Remember the Wendy’s commercial with the grandma staring down at her burger, shouting “Where’s the beef” at the attendant? She was obviously expecting to see something that wasn’t there (a larger beef patty). In the world of landscape contracting, the “beef” is gross profit margin variance. It should always be seen but often is not. Let me explain. Gross profit... read more

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