If you want to create lasting value in your company, it’s crucial that you lessen reliance on the owner. In addition to reducing your own stress, it provides opportunities for your team members and makes your company worth a whole lot more should you ever want to sell it.
Whether you’re an owner or a team member, October is a pivotal month. With the hectic demands of summer starting to wind down, it’s the perfect time to look back at what you’ve accomplished so far this year and where you hope to finish, what you did well and where you came up short. We take the time to do this at GLC because it’s our last big chance to fix what we can for the season and to set ourselves up for success in the new year.
To a tee, the most successful companies I’ve seen and worked with in the green industry understand the importance of investing in their people. Because no matter how smart you may be or think you may be as an owner, you will never realize your company’s full potential so long as it rides solely or even mostly on you.
With July here, every landscaping business owner I know is incredibly busy right now. Our schedules are packed from morning to night, and we’re rushing to get everything done we need to do to ensure we meet our revenue and production goals.
Factor in the hot summer sun—and the “heat dome” that weather forecasters are ominously predicting will descend over much of the US this week—and we have all the makings of a whole heap of stress.
Happy April! Where I live in Ohio, it’s felt like spring has taken forever and a day to get here. It’s finally starting to warm up and the sun is at last peeking out, which means successful landscaping companies are about to get very busy.
This is obviously great for business, but it can also be very taxing on our teams, whose hard work we rely on. Many of us have at least a few stand-outs on staff whose leadership and skill form the backbone of our companies and whom we depend on to deliver on the major projects. These invaluable employees see the big picture and the small detail, they fix problems before they take root, and they’re proactive rather than reactive. Hopefully you’re already doing a good job of rewarding these people, in word and deed.
Now that the holidays are behind us and we’ve turned the calendar page on another year, it’s a great time to take a step back and really think about what you want to accomplish in 2018. One area that we’re all struggling with in the green industry is labor. Where do you find good people? How do you get them to choose to work for you over another competitor? How do you keep them once you have them?
If you’re like me, you’re glad to see November roll around every year. For those of us not in the south, the landscaping season is at last winding down and we finally get to catch our breath. In Ohio, where I live, the weather is usually mild enough to still enjoy some time outdoors. And then there’s Thanksgiving, hands-down the best day of eating all year.
Every fall I invite landscaping professionals from around the country to spend a day at Grunder Landscaping Co., where they go behind the scenes of our operations and learn directly from my staff how we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition.
Of all the learning events I lead throughout the year, this one is my personal favorite.