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?
This solution is much more than a few How-To steps. This requires systematizing the business on a platform that automates the routine and allows people to use intelligence to do the job or run the business. What are essentials?
Writing this series is finally going to allow me to share everything I learned about management over more than three decades consulting, and holding every imaginable executive position at both large and small companies, including in the landscape industry.
The right person to place into a position of responsibility in your business is out there, but given the current challenges of the labor market, your ability to attract them is limited. The right person for a self-managed business needs to be grown internally.
I spent several years running a leadership and management program for supervisors, managers, and executives. The following list is a summation of that experience and growing several companies. Once you have started developing your own talent, here are some rules for leading and managing.