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It All Starts with Training

Well-trained employees are the backbone of any good business, and as an industry loaded with owner operators, this includes owners. As an industry going through a lot of changes in products and practices, training is more important today than ever. Topics like drought tolerant, indigenous, sustainability, smart irrigation, low impact, permeable pavers, and more, dominate the landscape of the industry today (no pun intended).  Is your organization staying current on these and other practices? So what is a small business to do, [...]


Delegation is Good for Everyone

As a small business owner, the need to leverage your time is on your A list.  The only way you can really spend time working on critical success factors is to not spend time working on trivial matters (see A Developmental Approach To Time Management). By delegating tasks and duties once performed by you, you have said to an employee, "I value and trust you so much I want you to do this now." In turn, many employees view this as [...]


A Developmental Approach to Time Management

"Time and tide wait on no man" as the saying goes. Not only is it painfully true but it is the ultimate motivation behind the discipline of time management. The discipline of time management is one of the hardest and most important we face in life.  Those that do work on it and make progress will tell you they enjoy richer lives, more business success, and deeper relationships as a result. They will also tell you it is not easy and not linear. [...]

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Industry Association Involvement – Our Rising Tide….

Fishing Tackle Retailer columnist Ken Duke ends all his columns with  “A rising tide lifts all boats. Let’s be that tide. And I mean it, too. If we can find ways to grow our individual corners of the fishing industry we all benefit, and where that means working together we should be looking for ways to do exactly that." While Ken's virtuous message is intended for an audience that is made up of your local bait and tackle shop, it certainly [...]