GROW! 2018 brought together a variety of professionals with lots of advice to share. From former NFL star Derrick Brooks to some all-star landscapers, here is some food for thought from the conference in Tampa, Florida:
Tino Martinez, former MLB player:
- Always strive to do better. “I always wanted to do better than last year,” he said. “I pushed myself hard day in and day out.”
- Be accountable to your team. “If guys showed up tired or hungover, the other guys would get on them,” he said.
Derrick Brooks, former NFL player:
- Be a finisher. “Finish and give your best effort and that has gotten me far in my career,” he said.
- The best advice he got from a coach was “Be humble, but don’t be bashful.”
- It’s important to be coachable and learn from feedback. “If you don’t want to be challenged, there’s nowhere for you to get better,” he said.
- Be accountable to both yourself and others. “I think that’s a key ingredient to building any team,” he said.
- Find your motivation, whatever it is. “Keeping your edge is about one person – you,” he said. “I was really proud of the one thing I could control, and it was my attitude and my motivation.”
Mike Rorie, executive vice president, GroundSystems:
- Offer good working conditions to stay competitive in the market. “We’re going to give you more because we’re going to get more from you,” he said.
- Keep growing for your people, even if it's just a little at a time. "We enjoy the winning," he said. "It's contagious."
Frank Mariani, CEO, Mariani Landscape:
- Know what your competition is paying. “Everyone is already paying above minimum wage,” he said.
- Always try to be the best, no matter how successful you get. "If recognition is the pinnacle, I should retire," he joked.
Bob Grover, president, Pacific Landscape Management:
- Don’t attract employees with just a paycheck. “I don’t want to pay more than you’re already making because I don’t want to buy people,” he said.
Todd Pugh, owner, Enviroscapes:
- As you grow, you can only do so many things well. Focus on those and find new opportunities. "If you've been in the same market a long time, you're probably driving by opportunities you don't even know about.
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