February 15, 2012
By Jacki Hart CLP
Prosperity Partners Program Manager

Jacki Hart There is an amazing energy that emanates from a roomful of peers, all of whom are looking for answers to the same questions.

During the Congress conference, I had the privilege of spending an hour talking about the Prosperity Partners program to a room FULL of industry people. Some in attendance were business owners, some were managers, and the rest were staff and students wanting to become either one or the other.

Here are the main points on which everyone in the room agreed with me:
  • We are technicians who love what we do
  • We have the entrepreneurial spirit
  • We lack relevant business skills
  • We don’t pay ourselves well enough
  • We have the perseverance of champions
  • We learn by doing
  • We dislike classroom learning
Sound familiar? It should. The Build Your Prosperity seminar is designed to address the concerns that are so common across our industry. And the 100-plus people who attended this seminar confirmed once again that the Prosperity Partners concept is relevant and timely information across all sectors.

During the session at Congress, I explained that the Prosperity Partners toolbox encourages businesses to take the current reality pulse, and assess the following:
  • Business owner’s skills and talents
  • Arsenal of staff skills and talents
  • Business strengths and weaknesses
  • Business phase of maturity and growth
  • The REALLY profitable work the business does
  • Who your right fits are
This short list represents an important part of deciding which doors you need to go through in business and which ones you don’t — and when. Again, it is what business owners and managers learn to do in the Build Your Prosperity seminar.

Prosperity Partners is about reigniting passion and engagement at all levels, making sustainable improvements that are timely and the right fit, and leveraging the strengths of your team.

Here are a few questions I posed in the seminar, and I encourage you to ask these of everyone in your workplace:
  • What makes time fly by at work?
  • What is effortless at work?
  • What do you do better than anyone else?
  • What one thing would you change at work?
You can use your answers to guide right-fit people in right-fit roles, and watch them be better team players.

The Build Your Prosperity Seminar is a six-hour workshop that will help you learn to figure out what to change, and how to make it stick; clarify where you are going in your career and where your business is going; envision and build a collaborative team; launch your business results forward; become a more effective manager and clarify Next Steps in your business.

Ask your fellow LO peers to sign up for a Build Your Prosperity seminar in your community! Go to your next local Landscape Ontario chapter meeting and ask who else is interested in a seminar — we’ll bring it to you when you gather a group of 12 or more in your region, or local chapter.

Free templates to build your business

Templates are available for download for those who have completed the Best Practices seminar of the Prosperity Partners Program. Each of the templates will assist you to implement the key principles of the program into your business culture and many can easily be customized to adopt to your specific business needs.

To access the website, go to http://bit.ly/v5iDns. This month, we feature some of the Developing Customers for Life templates, one of nine categories available:
Best Practices Checklist Customers for Life.doc
Marketing Ideas for Your Business.pdf
Privacy Statement.doc

Jacki Hart may be reached at prosperity@landscapeontario.com.
To view all Prosperity Partners webpage, go to www.horttrades.com/prosperity-partnership-initiative.