Professional Development

How North Point Outdoors Found Its Business Focus

Growing his company through the 2008 recession meant that Dave Fairburn, CEO of North Point Outdoors in Windham, New Hampshire, found he was “saying yes” to nearly every opportunity. He was always afraid to turn work down because he was unsure where it’d come from next. While trying to be all things to all people […]

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Having a Hard Time Recruiting Employees? Try This Strategy from Timberline Landscaping

If recruiting employees is one of your greatest challenges, you aren’t alone. Many landscape business owners say recruiting—and retaining—good talent is an ongoing source of stress. As a result, achieving success in this area might call for some out-of-the-box thinking. Doing just that, Timberline Landscaping in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has created a gap year opportunity. […]

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What This Landscape Pro Did When Growth Increased His Number of Job Openings

As Oasis Turf & Tree has grown rapidly (on average 16 percent a year), so has their need for finding great talent to fill job openings. In fact, on average, the company has had to add six to eight new employees each season. This is in addition to four new production routes. With each new […]

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Why Every Landscape Professional Should Experience the Industry’s Largest Career Fair

Landscape professionals and horticulture students greatly anticipate the largest landscape industry career fair and student contest, otherwise known as the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), hosted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The event brings together more than 700 students from two- and four-year colleges to demonstrate their skills in real-world competitive events […]

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Employee Issue of the Week: Increase Awareness to Boost Safe Operations

If you walk into the lobby at Raimondi Horticultural Group, in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, you instantly spot the National Association of Landscape Professionals Safety Recognition Awards it won for safe operations. They are on display for all to see. Raimondi’s CEO and president Chris Raimondi says the awards are a visible reminder to employees that […]

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How to Thank Your Employees and Customers

Last week’s Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder to us all to be thankful. But just because Thanksgiving is over, doesn’t mean you should stop showing gratitude. Many times, landscape business owners find themselves being thankful for things in their personal lives, such as health, family and friends. But there are so many things to be […]

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Improve Culture, Solve Labor Problems

As a business coach at Aileron, one of the biggest pain points Phillip Stoller hears from companies he works with is, “I can’t get enough talent.” “This seems to be a growing trend in the labor market, compounded by strong growth in job creation and job vacancies in the upper tiers of management left by retiring […]

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Landscape Business Leader: Be a Coach Instead of a Manager to Grow Productivity

Ever feel that as a landscape business leader you have to always appear strong, must always know the right thing to say and should have all the answers to all the questions at all times? Guess what? While that may be your vision of what a business leader should be, it’s not a very realistic […]

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NALP Showcases Landscape Industry Careers at the White House

NALP was chosen, along with five other associations, to attend the Our Pledge to America’s Workers event yesterday at the White House. At the exclusive event with President Donald Trump, NALP reiterated its commitment to grow landscape industry careers. It also shared its plans to expand training opportunities for more than 150,000 people over the next five […]

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5 Ways To Banish Burnout In Your Landscape Business

According to new research from Gallup, businesses are facing what they call “an employee burnout crisis.” And once burnout strikes, it can trigger a downward spiral in individual and business performance. The Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23 percent of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, […]

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