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How I Do It: Designing Virtually with Clients

While the landscape industry was deemed essential early on during the pandemic, companies still had to pivot and change some of their operations to continue doing business safely. One aspect of that is meeting with clients virtually to go over their landscape designs. Josh Robinson, design and sales manager for Todd’s Services Inc., based in […]

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Finding Balance: Episode 40 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In the 40th episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, and Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench chat with each other. In this podcast, our hosts dive deep and get real about finding balance in your life. Discussion points include: what does a healthy balance […]

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Business Smarts: Firing a Bad Client

You’ve probably had to fire at least one bad employee over the years, but have you ever had to say goodbye to a particularly bad client? Just like how a bad employee is a drain on your business, bad clients can be just as detrimental, so it is important to know how to identify them […]

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Level Up: It’s All About Relationships for Balanced Environments Inc.

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. When Balanced Environments, Inc. (BEI) based in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, first started Bruce Church and Tom Kelly set a goal of reaching $7 million in 10 years. However, the company hit this goal in year […]

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R&S Property Services’ National Builder Connections Accelerate the Company’s Growth

When R&S Property Services, based in Spring City, Pennsylvania, first started in 2009, they solely did residential hardscapes and pond installations. Now R&S is a full-service landscape company that does business with corporate campuses, industrial and business complexes, homeowners associations, retail shopping centers, new housing developments and more. President Ryan Shrum started his company while […]

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Team Building: Implementing Effective Employee Coaching

If your employees’ performances have been mediocre you might think conducting annual performance reviews will help. Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench.com, argues annual performance reviews shouldn’t be conducted at all. He instead encourages companies to conduct weekly coaching sessions with their employees. “Do you really think a one-hour conversation can impact a year’s worth […]

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Why Focusing on Relationships is Critical for Success with Jason Becker: Episode 39 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In the 39th episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. and Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape, talk with Jason Becker, LIC, a marketing manager for Caterpillar. Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, Becker graduated with a […]

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Faces of the Industry: Kevin Shackleford

Kevin Shackleford, CEO of Shackleford Landscape Group, based in Bear, Delaware, first started mowing lawns when he was 11 years old so he could earn enough money to buy a Microsoft Zune. While he didn’t make enough cutting lawns, he did finally earn enough money from shoveling snow to buy his MP3 player. After that, […]

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How I Do It: Inside a Gold Safety Award Winner’s Operations

At Duke’s Landscape Management, safety has always been a number one priority for owner Eric Cross. Based in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Duke’s provides commercial landscape maintenance, commercial snow and ice management, landscape design/build and holiday display services. Last year the company earned several NALP Safety Recognition Awards: a gold level – Overall Safety Achievement award, […]

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Modern Management: Communication, Transparency and Adaptation with Ashly Neneman: Episode 38 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In the 38th episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare talk with Ashly Neneman, general manager of Sun Valley Landscaping, based in Omaha, Nebraska. As general manager of Sun Valley Landscaping, Neneman leads the […]

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