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Everything your business does shows up in your financial reports.  “Money exerts a deep emotional influence on who we are, and what we tell ourselves we can never have. Our long unwillingness to understand the emotional and spiritual effects of money on us is at the heart of why we have come to know the […]

COVID and the Numbers that Count for Your Business’s Financial Security

Use this wake-up call to build a stronger financial future MANAGING MONEYLEADERSHIP 6 MIN READ In the current economic downturn, small businesses everywhere are suffering and too many will tragically close their doors permanently. For many business owners, it’s been a sobering lesson: Ignoring the practice of reviewing your company’s financial metrics is a high-risk decision with serious consequences. […]

Are You and Your Team Engaged in Meaningful Work?

“Whatever work there is should have as much meaning as possible. Wherever possible, workmen should be artists; their work should be the application of knowledge or science and known and enjoyed by them as such.” –Michael E. Gerber (Author of “The EMyth Revisited”)   In business coaching, the secret to helping people is in asking […]

On Being A Dad -by Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

This appeared in my Spam folder and the title got me to open it. The sentiments expressed are at the heart of why I do the work at Systems Organized by Design SOD. I feel fortunate that I took the time to read this. I hope you do too. A CFA’s perspective is a lot […]

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 […]