This week Harvester Ed gives us a great idea to create Employee Loyalty. Hey, the police department does it. So does the fire department and all of the military. Why not landscapers?

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Ed Laflamme LIC

started his own business from scratch, built it up, sold it and then wrote a book about how he did it. So, he’s been there. He understands your frustrations, worries and concerns. Some of you may want to buy companies, while others may want to sell the one you own. You need expert assessment and guidance before you can move forward. Ed has experience in this area. He is recognized as a CLP: Certified Landscape Professional. Read Ed's full bio.


I agree Ed. It just has never failed to amaze me how the most common question they ask is “Why can’t I just start here?” while pointing at a tech or applicator position. My response is always the same-you must earn the promotion as an apprentice, take part in training and pass an basic skills exam (or pesticide exam along with NALP certification).
Most don’t last. I surmise the root cause of this is the poor education they have received coupled with the lack of effort on their part to learn anything outside their world view.

In two weeks I will be judging the Irrigation Module for NALP’s Landscape Certified Technician Exam (Exterior) and though many do show enthusiasm to participate it floors me that they do no studying or preparation to help pass the tests. There are plenty of Utube videos on every module in the hands on exam and yet most come unprepared. Truly sad.

John…I believe much of it stems from the lack of a proper upbringing. The parents just don’t teach their children what’s required in life to be successful. They also have no drive, no determination to succeed and this follows them their entire life.

Great you are volunteering to be a judge and you are right my boys are on Utube for everything. My older boy is 14 and had him looking up, “cost of good sold” and “direct costs” while we were driving together just yesterday. Good stuff. Thanks for writing…let me know if you are going to be in Louisville….love to have you come to our wine tasting Wed. evening.

I wish I could have made it but the dates never work for me. I agree that it’s the parents place to spark the curiosity flame and fan it into a bonfire. Great to hear you coach your son to seek out concepts and ideas. He will benefit immeasurably from your guidance.
An update on the NALP Certification-more than half of those taking the irrigation module failed. Ten percent failed to show.
I would have replied sooner but I only just received notification that a comment posted. Thanks for the invite though.

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