Glenn Jacobsen


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When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis. “As a young lad, I grew up climbing trees and later cutting down trees,” said Jacobsen. “It’s a tough business, and I get my work ethic from my dad, who is a hard worker.” In addition to going to high school and helping his father, Jacobsen was mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He was 15 years old.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Employee Incentives

...the good and the bad


Business Articles
Incentives—rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive—all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and diminished performance. However, when used correctly, they can produce wonderful results.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Business to Business: Turn the Tables on Employee Turnover


Business Articles
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it costs a company one-third of a new hire’s annual salary to replace an employee. Using a modest annual salary of $35,000, a company can easily spend $11,550 for each new employee hired.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

BRANDON MEADOWS


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SOME PEOPLE CLIMB THE LADDER of success by moving from one firm to another, each move taking them a little higher up the corporate ladder. Others are one-company people, hitching their star to the success of a particular company. Brandon Meadows is a fine example of a one-company man.    More
 
Sunday, April 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Jon Carlson

Jacobsen


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If Jon Carlson wasn't the president of Jacobsen, a Textron Company, he could be a professional motivational speaker. His personal philosophy and outlook on life is brimming with a certain vim and vigor that is contagious and inspiring.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Patricia Fletcher

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


Business Articles
It's all about people Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees are definitely the backbone of our business."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


Business Articles
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

JIM MARTIN


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When growing up, some people just know what they want to do with their lives. Many don’t really know, but find “it” later in their careers. Still others never seem to find their place in the sun.   More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The History of The Toro Company


Miscellaneous
WHEN A TRACTOR PUSHING FIVE LAWNMOWERS first rolled down the fairways of the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1921, it must have turned some heads. Little did onlookers realize that the small company responsible for creating this innovative machine would one day become a household name.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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