Turning Weeders into Leaders with Jeff McManus

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Today I got to interview Jeff McManus. Jeff is the Head of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, and a grower of plants, people, and ideas. Jeff is a problem solver who understands that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate. Faced with a multi-million dollar landscaping project, a demand for excellence and high productivity, and a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people would be critical for growing the plants.

Key Takeaways:

[:35] Jeff has done amazing things for the landscape department at the University of Mississippi, but he thinks of himself primarily as an entrepreneur.

[1:46] If you want to make money, save money, and have more time, you must be proactive with your team.

[5:07] Jeff tells us about how his landscaping business is structured, and how he keeps structuring himself out of a job.

[8:42] Leaders determine team mindset.

[10:04] Jeff’s Landscape University program took about four years to develop, but it has significantly increased productivity and accountability.

[12:32] You have to understand what motivates your team.

[15:50] Jeff is happy to see his past employees start their own landscaping businesses.

[17:55] How do you find the time to put systems and processes in place?

[19:19] Jeff has created a conference called How to Create Your Own Landscape University.

[23:11] Jeff coaches business owners and is very picky about whom he works with.

[26:05] Thanks again for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@indyfranchiselaw.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on iTunes.

Mentioned in This Episode:


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink


Jeff McManus on Facebook

Jeff McManus on Twitter

About the author, Josh

Josh Brown is a franchise and entrepreneurial attorney that helps buyers, owners, and expansion-minded businesses find success through franchising. When not working on his two businesses, you can find him on the golf course or spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters.

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