Leadership

When You Lose a Key Team Member

When You Lose a Key Team Member

There are few guarantees in business, but at least one thing is for certain: At one time or another you will lose a key team member—whether it’s to another company or industry, to retirement or another life change, or to firing—and how you prepare for this and respond to it can make all the difference.

In other words, have a plan. Here are four steps to getting there.

Think Long-Term No Matter How Busy You Are in the Short Term

Think Long-Term No Matter How Busy You Are in the Short Term

With spring in full bloom now, most of us are going nonstop from early in the morning until late in the evening. The pace is unrelenting but, we tell ourselves, we just have to get through these super-busy months and then we’ll get back to all the “priorities” we’ve let slide—from thinking about our long-term business strategy and spending quality time with our families, to eating right and staying fit. But if you want to win at business and at life you have to plan for your future now.

How to Recruit a Winning Team

How to Recruit a Winning Team

As we all know, most everyone in our industry is struggling with finding and keeping good workers. Yet when our executive coaches Jim Cali and Jason New, who facilitate several of our ACE Peer Groups, ask owners how much time a week their spending on solving their labor problems, they almost always hear the same answer: “Well, a couple hours, but that’s because I have so many other things to do!”

Now, as an owner of a landscaping company myself, I can completely relate to that, but I also know that if you don’t make confronting your greatest challenge a priority, you’ll never get past it and your business won’t thrive.