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Commit to Excellence. Continuously Improve Your Systems

What is the meaning of what we do as landscape business owners? What is the purpose of being in business, if not to do it better than anyone else has ever done before? “There is always a better way.”  How you and your team do things to honor your commitments to each other and to […]

Organize Your Business Around Functions

To have a business that works for you it must be organized. Our goal is to have a business that works without you. Crucial to that is a business organized around systems and accountability: Here are 3 critical elements to consider. Vision. A picture of your business when it’s working for you. But it’s a […]

Your Landscape Business: A Dojo for Developing a High-Performing Team

Standards Set the Bar Standards are more than ideals. Standards must be committed to throughout your organization. Your standards pertain to the company overall and to each position on your organization chart. Standards define how you want your team to act with customers, prospects and among each other. Standards should be measurable in terms of […]

Vision: A Picture of Your Business When It’s Working for You

Your business is a means to an end. It’s a place to grow, to discover who you are, what’s important to you and how you want to express yourself in the world. It’s a place for exploration, discovery, and self-expression. A place for creativity. Not just creativity in the landscapes you work on, but in […]

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

 A Perspective on Business Development   Getting Your Business to Work for You Some days does it feel like you have the worst job in the world and your boss is out of his or her mind? It’s one thing if you’re an employee. Most of us have been there and done that, at least […]

Eat Love Work

Thanksgiving is the greatest American holiday if you ask me. It has family together and eating. And it says tons about what we believe is important. The holiday is all about being grateful for what we have and giving thanks to our families, our friends and our work. It’s also the beginning of the Holiday season, […]

Systemization Series: Core functions of business — Leadership

Creating the business that you want, requires a well-defined description of that future business. You need to be able to clearly see your business in your mind’s eye. In this way, you can guide the business from where you are today to your vision of your business’s future . The Leadership core function holds all […]

Customer Service: Good, Better, and Priceless Accountability

In those moments when your team, your customer service people, the front line make a mistake, what they do next, says everything about your brand. Mistakes happen to all of us. Great leaders of extraordinary brands own up to them. In today’s digital world being good is expected. Being good may get you “liked”. Being […]

Why Do Most Businesses Struggle and What to Do About It?

Why did you start a business? Freedom to set your own hours, be your own boss and enjoy your life more. Felt trapped by the corporate mentality of big business. Whatever it was, if you’re perfectly honest, it’s probably not working out as well as you had imagined. In fact, studies show that most businesses […]

Structure Enhances Creativity

Most things can be done in a variety of different ways. Doing things the same way every time will improve results. You’ll go deeper into the process with each effort. From mowing a lawn, constructing a patio, selling a job, to designing a garden, wrap process around it and you’ll see how infinitely detailed and […]