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

Mowers: Versatile Machines


Landscape Maintenance
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things are improving. Last year indicated that we’ve bottomed out and now we’re beginning to climb back up again.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Making Your Controllers Smart!


Controllers
It’s no secret that smart controllers are the future of irrigation. Increasingly, that future is now. Smart water, smart irrigation—whatever it’s being called at the moment—is being mandated by more and more governmental entities, especially as changing weather patterns seem to indicate that water is becoming a scarce commodity.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Chase Tew


Close-Up Profiles
We meet new people almost every day, but there are some, more than others, that seem to stand out from the crowd. That is my impression of Ronald (everyone calls him Chase) Tew. He’s a man on the go; his enthusiasm is contagious, and he has a work ethic to go with it. This is an ethic and an identity that have defined this man’s hardworking and honest path.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Controlling Pests

Part of an Eco-Green Landscape


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides?    More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Water Features Make Your Backyard a Paradise


Waterscapes
When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just about anything to spend some time in. Of course, at some point we have to face reality; most of us will never get the chance to live in the natural oasis that Mowgli does. But, relaxing next to a waterfall in paradise doesn’t have to be a dream.    More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Make Money Mowing


Landscape Maintenance
If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay in business during this recession, when many of your competitors closed their doors, you’ve had to run lean and mean to do it.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

JOSHUA S.GAMEZ


Close-Up Profiles
“My father emigrated from Mexico seven years before I was born,” he said. Gamez was one of five children in a struggling working-class family, growing up “on what you could say was in the lower income bracket, where the possibility of receiving a good education was shaky.”   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Wayne Miller

Century Rain Aid


Close-Up Profiles
In 1987, Wayne Miller, was heading up his own consulting firm when Century Rain Aid, with eight branches in four states, offered him a position. They were looking for someone who could develop and implement the business and computer systems that would enable the company to continue growing.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Rex Dixon


Close-Up Profiles
Imagine being in Lake Tahoe for a distributor meeting, hoping the usual boring meetings will be cut short so you can take your wife sightseeing. Suddenly the room darkens, a video appears depicting your managers and Rex Dixon, riding into town on horseback, looking like the opening scene of "Bonanza." Your eyes widen as the scene becomes live -- Dixon, riding his horse, is galloping on stage to open the meeting.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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