053: Construct-Ed – Trade School Education without the Expense and Time Commitment

Jeremiah & Rory from Construct-Ed join Stan today as they discuss a new way to get business education for you and your team.

Industry professionals who are experts in their field teach online courses on Construct-Ed. You no longer have to hunt down these professionals to try to get them to lunch or a cup of coffee so you can get tips and tricks out of them. Now, you can get insider information from the comfort of your home or office.

When you purchase a course, you can replay it an unlimited amount of time, so it is easy to share the information with members of your team over and over again until they have it figured out.

Topics covered include: business management, design and architecture, equipment, financial, marketing and sales, safety, software, trade skills, estimating and bidding, green building.

If you are an expert or have knowledge in a field, Construct-Ed is always looking to partner with new instructors, so contact them on their website to share your information and earn a little extra income.

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045: Jeff McManus – Weeders vs. Leaders: Change the Game in One Hour a Month

jeff-mcmanusTurning weeders into leaders. That’s Jeff McManus’ philosophy when it comes to shaping the culture of your company. But what does that mean? And what the hell does “company culture” have to do with my 10-man landscaping business? The answer is simple. By educating your employees, engaging them, empowering them, and trusting them, you can create great leaders out of “average” employees. Give them the know-how and drive that allows them to focus on bettering themselves, and being proud of their work. Not only will this “weed out” the weak employees, but suddenly your other guys are showing up early, asking good questions, taking pride in their job, but best of all – making each other accountable for their work – without you needing to say a word.

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jeff@jeffmcmanus.com
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035: Susan Weinschenk – Leveraging a Landscaper’s Desire for Mastery

Susan WeinschenkYour employees — at least the good ones — have a desire for mastery. If they’re doing what they enjoy doing, what they’re passionate about, then they will have an inherent desire to become better and better at it. That’s all well and good…the question is…how, as managers, do we use that to our advantage? How do we use our employees’ desire for mastery to mutually benefit both the business and the employee? In this episode, Susan Weinschenk, also know as The Brain Lady, teaches us how. Some of the principals we’ll learn about are completely counter-intuitive. You think a reward will tell your employee how well they’re doing? Make them try harder next time in hopes of earning that same reward? As we’ll find out, that mindset is all wrong. This is a great episode. It has tons of good information and actionable advice that you can take to the job site right away.

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Susan’s Website: www.theteamw.com
On YouTube: Susan’s YouTube Page
On Amazon: Susan’s Books

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020: Tom Ziglar – Eliminate Zombies From Your Landscaping Business. Seriously.

Tom ZiglarTom Ziglar is the CEO of Ziglar, Inc., and works to continue the legacy of his father, Zig Ziglar. Tom helps companies and individuals improve themselves, their relationships, and their companies. In this episode of the Landscape Business Pro Podcast, Tom talks about zombies in the workplace. Those disengaged employees that do little more than show up every day and go through the motions. As an owner, a manager, a leader of your employees – it is crucial to understand the potential harm that can be brought to your organization as a direct result of these “zombies”. Find them, weed them out, and watch every other employee improve in their attitude, performance, and productivity. Tom is an engaging, smart speaker that has a unique way of helping people see things in a new light. This episode has some great information and actionable steps that you can begin taking within your own company right away.

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Ziglar Website
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008: Matt Moeller – Overcoming Challenges Facing the Snow Plowing Industry

Matt Moeller is the Resource Coordinator for Interstate Companies, one of Minnesota’s top outdoor maintenance service companies. Matt got started in the industry back when he was 18 years, so he understands the industry and has experienced it from a variety of positions within a company.

"You gotta have it in your blood naturally…you gotta like the smell of diesel in the morning"

Is the snow plowing industry facing a potential crash? What does this mean for the strong companies that are able to survive the upcoming challenges? Matt and Stan discuss various difficulties facing the snow removal industry, especially on what it takes to find, teach and keep good employees. Matt believes that today’s mindset of instant gratification has made it increasingly difficult to find young people that understand it takes hard work and it takes time to get to that next level. It isn’t instant. You have to love the smell of diesel in the morning and you have to “want it”.

In Stan’s experience, he’s found that often a less-experienced, trainable, honest employee is more valuable to your company than a seasoned employee that knows their stuff, but might not be on the same page as you and the rest of your team. Once your company established a good crew – a crew that cares – how do we keep them busy 52 weeks a year? Matt also shares what he’s learned about management, and what it means to be a good foreman. The hard work that moved you up in the company doesn’t stop once you’re a manager/owner. In fact, the hard work becomes more constant, and doesn’t stop just because you punch the clock at the end of day. Our interview wraps-up with Matt’s thoughts regarding the importance of setting up systems and surrounding yourself with good people.

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005: Hiring Part 2: Turning the Average Employee into a Rockstar

Building Upon the Potential of the Employees You Already Have

In part 2 of our hiring and management episodes, we’re going to talk about how you can turn the average employee, into an exceptional employee. A couple of the ways this is done is through Constant Reinforcement and Variable Reward Schedules. Sounds fancy, but basically, we’re talking about how you reward your employees. And, in some cases, how you let your employees know that there’s some room for improvement. Whether it’s positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement, like it or not, as a business owner, these kinds of feedback are absolutely necessary to keep your employees happy, and to keep them sharp.

Some of the examples we’re going to give are not always going to make sense for your business or for your employees and that’s OK. When we talk about “Negative Reinforcement”, our telephone example may seem strange, but we think it’s worth hearing, because, we want to give you guys some ideas and methods that you can customize and adapt to fit your own company, and your own personality. These are just examples, so keep that in mind as your listening. Thank you very much for joining us, and please enjoy Part Two of our two-part hiring and managing series…

004: Hiring Part 1: Eliminate Complacency by Creating Healthy Competition Between Employees

Constant Recruitment to Find, Create, and Keep the Best Employees Possible

Creating Healthy Competition between your employees and establishing trust with your employees is very important to the success of your company. We want to help you build a business that allows you to take a break once in a while. Acquiring and keeping good employees will allow you the flexibility to truly be an owner.