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Horticulture Zombieconomy

Mr. Umair Haque

Mr. Umair Haque

There has been a quiet but growing sound  of discomfort over something a gentleman you have probably not heard of said about the state of the response of American business to the economic situation. His characterization was about the Zombieconomy, and those comments were subject of a Harvard Business Publishing Ideacast.

Mr. Umair Haque may eventually be recorded in history with the likes of W. Edwards Deming, the man who America sent to Japan to help their industry, and specifically their auto industry and Toyota aided by its customers bring down the still misguided and arrogant US auto industry. Actually I think Umair will be much bigger. More importantly, he may do it better than Demming and wake us up before it’s too late. Continue reading

Phase III – Significance

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Flags of No Significance by Joel Bedford

Flags of No Significance by Joel Bedford

Phases of Spring III – Significance

What is significance?

Webster’s says:

Something signified. Of meaning. Of importance.

Also, significant: having special meaning. Of considerable influence or effect. Of consequence.

Many of us do what we do because it’s what we’ve always done. We are flying flags of no particular significance. We went to school for it, were hired to do it, were born into it or were married into it. In many cases we’re doing the garden center thing better, but why do this in the first place? I know several garden center owners who have been doing a lot better in recent years. They live more comfortably and have debt in control. Their cash flows. But they still search for something – not something they can describe or show you a picture of. They don’t know what it is, just that they haven’t found it. Even they seek more.

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