Professional Development Archives - National Association of Landscape Professionals

We recently updated our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use this website, you acknowledge that our revised Privacy Policy applies.

Professional Development

networking-at-LANDSCAPES

Why Networking Matters and Where to Do It

Networking is a buzzword you’ve probably heard thrown around since you started working in your career. While you’ve heard of it, do you know how and why you need to network? Networking has a lot of preconceived notions. Some might have never gotten value from it. But it’s important to understand it’s not throwing business […]

Read More
networking-event
Photo: Oasis Turf & Tree

The Power of Networking

What do you think of when you hear the word “networking?” Passing out business cards — or shaking a lot of hands (at least in pre-COVID days)? In reality, networking can be so much more than that. When done well, networking can be beneficial for everyone involved. Chad Diller, director of client success for the […]

Read More

Team Building: Professional Development Options for Employees

A lot of different factors go into why employees want to work for your company and stay long-term. Aside from paying competitive wages and offering benefits like health insurance, providing a career path and professional development can attract those who want something more than just a job. There are a number of professional development options […]

Read More
Training
Photo: Davey Tree

Effective Training Methods for Your Team

Fred Haskett, head harvester with The Harvest Landscape Consulting Group, shares tips to train your team. Haskett says the way to develop a well-trained, safe and effective workforce is to know how to train your trainers. He says people never actually rise to the occasion but instead default to their highest level of training. Haskett […]

Read More

Train Your Team: Which Path to Take?

With so many different training options offered by NALP, it can be hard to choose the best path for your team. Never fear, we’re here to break down the choices. Landscape Technician Bootcamp (Instructor Manual) Suggested for: Companies that Want to Deliver Training to The Crews Themselves Created last year, the new Landscape Technician Bootcamp […]

Read More
Goldberg & Rodler, Inc., Dynamic Downtown Dwelling
Photo: Sue Sotera

Awards of Excellence Winners Get Dividends in Unexpected Ways

Clients value award-winning companies. Employees want to work for companies that do great work. NALP’s national Awards of Excellence showcase the best project work in commercial and residential lawn care; landscape design/build and maintenance; interior design/build and maintenance and more. Award recipients benefit in so many ways. Bob Grover, LIC, president of Pacific Landscape Management […]

Read More

A Landscape Designer’s Perspective on Award Winning Projects

David Guthery, landscape designer with LandCrafters, LLC in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is a recipient of a 2020 Gold Award of Excellence for Residential Landscape Design and Construction for the Eastend Tudor project. He says one of the more unconventional reasons he participates in the award process is because it forces him to follow through on hiring […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Lawn and Landscape Companies Weigh in on Industry Certification

In this industry, it can be difficult to stand out from the competition. But becoming Landscape Industry Certified is a great way to separate your business from the rest. Of course, there are other benefits to achieving certifications, as well. It’s great for helping employees to advance their careers — and ultimately helps them better […]

Read More

The Path to Certification: Chip Marksberry of Oasis Turf & Tree Shares his Journey

Landscape business owners know that having Landscape Industry Certified team members helps set their company apart from the competition. But employees appreciate this opportunity, too. Chip Marksberry, LIC, of Oasis Turf & Tree in Loveland, Ohio, has both the Lawn Care Technician and Horticulture Technician certifications and say that they’ve given him a lot of […]

Read More