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All you believe…may be ALL WRONG – Belief #3

Misconception #3 – Garden Centers Should Employ Horticulturists with College Degrees Full-Time, Year-Round and Pay Them Professional Salaries with Comprehensive Benefits

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This is the third misconception in a series of six. The concepts being discussed here will likely be counter to your beliefs. The comments left on the previous posts are quite interesting so you may want to go back and read them. Click HERE to go back and begin with the first post related to this series.

Disclaimer: While I focus on the business side of the horticultural business my education, training, and experience is broad in the green industry including plant production and retail garden center with Scarff’s Nursery, landscape services with Horticultural Advantage, and marketing and sales of plants with Bailey Nurseries, and Sunrise Marketing. Let it be known that I am all in favor of the future success of the many educated and knowledgeable horticulturists in our industry, especially those that are effective in carrying out their responsibilities.

Necessity is the mother of invention. When the facts are laid out and we discover that it is simply not possible to 1) do what we once did, 2) do what others do, or 3) do what we would like to do, then why not open our horizons and explore opportunities we previously ignored? The title of this post is designed to get interest and discussion going rather than to discount the value of horticultural expertise. So please, read on then leave a comment. Continue reading

Winning “People Strategies” Critical to Business Success (Part 1)

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Guest Blogger

Kevin Stinson, CEO, The Stinson Group, Inc.

A great business plan is just that. A great business plan. Well documented and outlined strategies, functional and easy to follow formulas, processes that are understandable and usable, and accurate market data are all critical ingredients in the recipe for a strong and profitable business. We all have been involved in companies where one or more of the key factors have been ignored or unattended to. Working in theses situations becomes burdensome, heavy with task orientated activities, all aimed at trying to “get back in the game”. We have also seen and been involved in organizations where all of the above are in good working order. But even in this scenario, the business is not firing on all eight cylinders. The results are not there from month to month, the general atmosphere within the ranks is one of discontent and there seems to be a consensus of “disassociation” among the employees. Why?

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