Because you are a small business – hire people who are achievement driven, who have your drive to get things done. Second expand how you see the company and make it a force in the local community. One or two small projects you can showcase is essential to grab the attention of the 20-30 population. Last – look for attitude, not skills. You can train skills, attitude is a long term project. Hire people that will appreciate what they learn. If you can’t keep them, and you won’t keep the good ones – they will become competitors, establish a reputation for growing great landscapers. One last thought – where are you on employee ownership? What if you had a reputation for giving great employees a piece of the action. Might the good ones stay?
We started this series covering “The Discipline of Management” and “Promoting Smart”, the conversation now shifts to “Running a Manager Nursery”. I use the word manager but we meant anybody you intend to train, cross-train, and promote. Whether it is a technician to crew leader or crew leader to manager, this is what a successful grow your own nursery looks like
Introduction – Marketing Spend In our last post we summarized HIF’s- High Impact Firms – let me backtrack and spend a little more time describing how we got here. One of the top entrepreneurial foundations (Kauffman) built on the research started in 1980’s by MIT. One of their researchers, David Birch, identified the characteristics of […]
Introduction – The End Game If you look hard at the business practices of the most successful companies, the elite 5% of all small businesses, you will find 4 general competencies. This is not a tale of just landscape companies, it is the story of all companies that started small and became billion dollar firms. […]
Sometimes the best ideas result from an innocent question. In a recent conversation with Gregg Wartgow at Green Industry Pros magazine he discussed their vision for the publication. They want to be the resource for the aspiring landscape companies under a million in revenue that want to grow. This represents 80% of all landscape companies, […]