Winter List

Winter List

Hello Folks,

It’s winter; time for some time off, right?

WRONG! I truly believe that our season is set up by what we Landscaper Professionals do in the winter, more so than anything else. So, here is a list of things you should be doing this winter to help you and your team get the most out of 2017. 

-Go through every truck and piece of equipment and do the maintenance they need so you can avoid having any breakdowns during the growing season.
-Meet with your top 50 clients in person and ask them what you should stop doing, keep doing, and start doing.
-Read one book on leadership; I recommend Mark Sanborn’s!
-Go to Marty Grunder’s GROW! 2017 in Dayton in February! (sorry, shameless plug)
-Take two hours a week to sit in a quiet place and think about what you want out of life and define the gap between the dream and reality.
-Write out two procedures per week for things that you do, that everyone seems to know but have never been written out.
-Put together job descriptions for all your people.
-Review the performance of your work in the last season and see what you can do to be more efficient.
-If you don’t use work orders for any and all work performed by your company, get work orders.
-If you don’t have a schedule board or some organized manner of planning any and all work, get one.
-If you don’t have ten job site signs that can be put up in your best projects, get them made.
-Take every person on your leadership team to lunch once a month and talk, just talk.
-Define your ideal team member; have your team help you; be detailed!
-Design your employment applications to allow you to find more ideal team members by asking the right questions
-Look into drug testing and background checks if you don’t do them now. 

-Keep in touch with all seasonal workers who have been laid off so the good ones come back! 
-Write out what you can do better to attain more ideal team members in 2017.
-Write out what you can do better to retain more ideal team members in 2017.
-Write out what you can do better to train more ideal team members in 2017.
-Define your ideal client.
-Come up with a plan that allows you to communicate/reach out to more of these ideal clients.
-Go see mom, dad and anyone else that maybe you don’t have time to see during the growing season.

Look, I could go on and on with these ideas. Bottom line: use your winter wisely. Now is the time to get a plan together, both from a tactical and strategical perspective, to make 2017 the best year ever.  

Talk to you next week. 

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