As a young man, Burt Sperber knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. In his wildest imagination, he never dreamed that the company he founded would achieve such heights.
Hear that giant sucking sound? It's
money swirling down a black
hole called missed opportunity, never to be seen again. The opportunity,
which is often overlooked and an otherwise unconsidered profit center,
is found on the other side of the landscape drainage
fail even in days of prosperity, turning otherwise profitable
enterprises into dismal
failures, often in surprisingly short time. Red ink is an indication,
not a cause, for a breakdown in a company's health. Being guilty of one
failing, or a combination of several, can sink any
profitable business into oblivion.
When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.
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."
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.