Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture?


Business Articles
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievement ribbons, and kick off conferences with patriotic music.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Rich Karlgaard

What Sort of Executive Are You?


Business Articles
You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand work styles and personality types. Understanding the types of people one works with is important, especially for executives.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Tron Jordheim

The Way You Do Anything Is the Way You Do Everything


Business Articles
When many entrepreneurs hit a snag, they point the finger at outside factors. But Suzanne Evans, author and entrepreneur, says that you—and you alone—are the source of your success or failure. Here, excerpted from her book, are 10 inconvenient but ironclad truths that all business owners should take to heart.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Building a Sustainable, Competitive Advantage in a Multicultural Workplace


Business Articles
My partner Chip and I had just landed a large installation project for a new restaurant chain that was building several locations throughout our city, Nashville, Tennessee. However, at that time, our company consisted of only two men, just Chip and I.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 BRYAN CLAYTON

Fuel Injection...it’s not just for hot rods anymore


Landscape Maintenance
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ’80s and tougher clean-air standards, changes were desperately needed under the hoods of American cars.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Gregory Von Dare Suchor

Leasing vs. Purchasing

By Shane Smith


Business Articles
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision.    More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

SMITH FAMILY


Close-Up Profiles
Back in 1925, E.J. Smith founded one of the country's first golf course distributorships representing The Toro Company. He knew that if he followed four basic principles, he would be successful in his new business.    More
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Multi-Tools for Multi-Tasks


Power Equipment
IN PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING, MULTI-TASKING IS the name of the game. It’s a facet of the job that keeps things interesting . . . and challenging. Today’s multi-use loading, lifting and excavating equipment makes the job much easier. But deciding which equipment is right for your company can be daunting.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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