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January 18, 2018

The Nicest Yard on the Block

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 8:14 pm

The Nicest Yard on the Block

Everyone I know is fairly competitive about a lot of things – who has the coolest car (minivans never win, no matter what), who has the best job, who gets to wear the most casual clothes to work, who has been on the best vacation, who has the best Christmas lights, etc. It’s a funny little game that we humans play mostly with our neighbors. We especially tend to get competitive when it comes to who has the best landscaping. Everyone wants to have the nicest yard on the block with the best landscape design. Nobody wants big yellow patches in their lawn or uncreative landscaping. Makes sense to me – your front yard is the external representation of what you probably have inside of your house. Who wants to scream to everyone around “We don’t care about showcasing our home. We are derelict in our duties and even though we dirty gutters, a million leaves in the yard and dandelions popping up everywhere, we are happy.”

I live in Lubbock and so I know that Lubbock landscaping and Lubbock lawn care is a big deal. I also know that some of the richer folks spend upwards of $20,000 on their landscaping to make sure they have the best yard in their area. Now, I am not recommending this crazy amount of money be spent on plants, trees and yard work. But I do recommend that you find a lawn care crew that is not only affordable but that is also known for their killer professionalism and creative abilities to give you an advantage over your competitive neighbors. Some people try to do it all on their own – mowing, edging, designing, gardening, etc. And great for them if they want to risk looking bad. But I don’t think this is the right road to take – I would hire a great crew with amazing testimonials about their work and let them do all of that stuff for me.

One company in Lubbock that matches all of my needs for year-round lawn care is called Lubbock Roots Lawn and Landscape (http://lubbockroots.com). I know their boss and he is a stickler for doing the best work for a fair price. And his workers do everything just right. I might be spending less on my yard than my neighbors do, but no one would ever guess it. I recommend this company above all others. Feel free to comment and tell me who you think is the best in town. All I know is that I have the best yard on the block because of this group.

With that, I bid you adieu. Happy weed-pulling!

January 4, 2018

How to help your business grow from within

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 5:53 pm

How to help your business grow from within

Every business has its strengths and flaws and it is the job of the leadership to minimize the flaws and increase the strengths. One of the most crucial things a company to help it grow from within is to empower the employees and especially the managers by giving them the chance to learn from a specialist from outside of the company – someone who can come in to the business to consult or someone to speak into their work lives via corporate workshops or leadership coaching. We all want our managers to get a fresh voice and to be inspired by that voice so that they not only keep up their lifelong learning but so they can learn to lead better.

There are lots of leadership training conferences that bring in some of the greatest speakers and workshop leaders for the sake of leadership teams and members of management. I’ve been to several of these and I always leave with an excitement about improving my leadership and my work style. So, I recommend if you are the leader of a company that you look into an consultant, regional workshops and/or conferences with stellar speakers – people who have done business right for a long time and who have fresh perspectives to offer. And if you decide to go this route so that your leaders can learn to lead better, I want to recommend that you look for one speaker and leadership coach in particular who tends to increase those strengths I wrote about earlier. This man is named Dr. Andy Neillie and he has a knack for touching on vital issues while keeping it real. He uses everyday examples so that his talks resonate with everyone. You can read more about him at his website (http://neillieleadershipgroup.com) or you can contact his office directly at 512-963-8886.

If you can’t find him speaking anywhere close to you, you can still grow your business from within by going to other peoples’ workshops and conferences. Having those outside voices speaking into the lives of your employees is invaluable.

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