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The Missing Piece: Crafting a Dynamic Company Culture

“Every company, community, institution, family and society has a culture,” says Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley Landscaping, based in Omaha, Nebraska. “It starts anytime two people enter a room together.” The question is – do you want to be intentional about your company culture or let it happen on a whim? “I would ask: […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Developing A Strong Company Culture

Company culture is one of the strongest tools you have when it comes to recruiting and retaining your employees. Make sure you’re taking advantage of this selling point of your business and avoid costly mistakes that can damage your culture in the long run. The Do’s Matthew Spiece, general manager of Joshua Tree Experts, based […]

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Boosting Your Business: Keys to Keep Your Culture Strong as You Grow

As a leader, you often define and drive your company’s culture. However, as you grow your business, the sheer number of employees and the geographical spread of your operations will make it far more challenging to have a cohesive culture across locations. Yet, it is not impossible. Many large landscape companies have been able to […]

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Team Building: What Employees Like Best About a Good Company Culture

You’ve probably heard company culture listed as a top reason employees stay at a landscape organization. Today we’re diving into the more specific aspects they like and the benefits of a strong company culture. What Resonates with Employees Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon, boils it down to trust. “Trust that […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Employee Growth Track

Career ladders can encourage and compel your team members to pursue a future with your landscape company. At Landscaping Ninjas, based in College Station, Texas, they took this concept a little bit further with a belt ranking system. Daniel Thompson, owner of Landscaping Ninjas, says the belt ranking is just another aspect of their company […]

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From Toxic to Thriving: Transforming Your Organization’s Culture from Within

It’s never a spot you want to be in, but coming to terms with the fact you may have a toxic company culture is the first step to the path to improving it. Self-Evaluation “First thing would be to look in the mirror,” says Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon. “Ask […]

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Second-Gen Owner Dean DeSantis Reflects On His Career Journey

In 1974, DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon, was just a landscape and irrigation start-up. Over the years, the business has steadily grown to serve the Greater Portland Metro and beyond and is now at $18 million in annual revenue. Second-generation owner Dean DeSantis took a journey of his own before coming to take the […]

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Cultivating Unity: Navigating Growth While Preserving Organizational Identity

Whether you are growing organically, through mergers and acquisitions or a mixture of both, scaling your culture with your team is critical. This task can be challenging as you work to accommodate a larger workforce with multiple locations as communication breakdowns can lead to misunderstandings, misalignment, and a lack of cohesion. “Consistency across the board, […]

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Level Up: High Prairie Landscape Group’s Careful Hiring Keeps Their Culture Strong

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. While working for a garden center in college, Robyn Schmitz realized she felt the most fulfilled and passionate when she was helping design gardens for customers. After switching her major from journalism to horticulture/landscape design, she […]

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Team Building: Utilizing the Birkman Assessment When Hiring

As you seek to bring on employees who align with your lawn or landscape company’s culture, one tool you can use during the interview process is a personality test. While there are a number of different tests available, one test to consider is the Birkman Assessment. The Birkman Assessment is used by more than 10,000 […]

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