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The Hardscape Growth podcast is back with a brand new season, and this time we're focusing on the Hardscaper High Five.
Hosted by Alex Cadieux from Techo-Bloc, this season will break down the five core values that every successful hardscaper needs to focus on. With a new framework and theme to help compartmentalize the information and make it easier to digest, listeners will learn from industry veterans who have been through the ups and downs, made mistakes, and achieved success.

Hardscape Growth Hardscaper

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    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

The Hardscape Growth podcast is back with a brand new season, and this time we're focusing on the Hardscaper High Five.
Hosted by Alex Cadieux from Techo-Bloc, this season will break down the five core values that every successful hardscaper needs to focus on. With a new framework and theme to help compartmentalize the information and make it easier to digest, listeners will learn from industry veterans who have been through the ups and downs, made mistakes, and achieved success.

    Charlie Kerrigan On Building a Landscaping Business

    Charlie Kerrigan On Building a Landscaping Business

    In this week's episode of the Hardscape Growth Podcast, we have Charlie Kerrigan of V.I.L. Landscaping. He started when he was in grade 4!

    Charlie shares his journey on being a young entrepreneur and the challenges he came to face and how he was able to overcome these challenges through mentorship and literally saying "no".

    He talks about some important aspect in running a business such as knowing your numbers, building a brand, building off of that brand and always learning through mentorship or through his podcast The Hard Lessons.

    Here are some key takeaways:


    Focus on what you do best
    Build a dream team
    Always keep learning

    Did you miss this year’s Hardscaper Showcase? Stream it today on-demand wherever you are to learn all about pools, drainage, outdoor kitchens and design! Head over to [https://hardscaper.com/courses/2024-harsdcaper-showcase-on-demand-streaming/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 50 min
    How Springhetti Luxury Outdoor Spaces Maximized Revenue Per Man Hour

    How Springhetti Luxury Outdoor Spaces Maximized Revenue Per Man Hour

    Rachel and Matt who are part of the team, at Springhetti Luxury Outdoor Spaces were recently honoured with the Peak Performance Award for their achievement in generating the most revenue per man hour. They credit their success to leveraging their strengths and streamlining their procedures.

    A key strategic move they made was to bring pool construction services in house resulting in a boost in revenue. Their focus has shifted towards undertaking larger scale projects particularly after pool installations often lead to landscaping opportunities.

    Matt Hoss talks on enhancing efficiency in landscaping businesses. The importance of data analysis for making informed decisions, on efficiency was underscored during this conversation.

    Matt also shared his enthusiasm for optimizing tool organization within trailers to maximize productivity. The conversation concluded with an exploration of evaluating workforce requirements and optimizing team sizes based on tasks.

    The Hardscaper High Five was first introduced as part of Hardscaper Showcase earlier in 2023. If you couldn't make it out to one of those events, head over to [https://hardscaper.com/2023-virtual-showcase/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 40 min
    6 Stages of Leadership with Steve Wheatcroft

    6 Stages of Leadership with Steve Wheatcroft

    Steve Wheatcroft, founder and former CEO of ULS, shares his journey of building a successful landscape maintenance business.

    He discusses the six stages of leadership he experienced and the lessons he learned along the way.


    Overcoming self doubt and believing in yourself
    Wear a helmet, take a bullet
    Delegation builds the nation
    Blow sh*t up - John Wick part 1
    Kiss = "Keep It Simple, Stup*d"
    Keep learning and learn to leave

    Listen to this week's pod to learn more about these stages of leadership. Try and figure out what stage you are in running your own business and see how you can move on to the next stage!

    The Hardscaper High Five was first introduced as part of Hardscaper Showcase earlier in 2023. If you couldn't make it out to one of those events, head over to [https://hardscaper.com/2023-virtual-showcase/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Open Book Management - Building a Team of Owners

    Open Book Management - Building a Team of Owners

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    Ryan Markewich shares his experience with open book management and how it builds a team of owners. He explains how he got into the business and the turning point when he discovered The Great Game of Business. Ryan discusses the concept of the company as the product and the importance of transparency and involvement in decision-making. He also talks about the implementation of mini games and the impact of open book management on employee engagement and development.



    Takeaways


    Open book management builds a team of owners by involving employees in decision-making and sharing financial information.
    Setting a clear vision and involving employees in goal-setting is essential for the success of open book management.
    Metrics and key performance indicators are essential for measuring progress and driving accountability.

    Links


    https://rmark.ca/

    The Hardscaper High Five was first introduced as part of Hardscaper Showcase earlier in 2023. If you couldn't make it out to one of those events, head over to [https://hardscaper.com/2023-virtual-showcase/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 58 min
    PROFIT FIRST! Steps to Increase Profitability with The Green Executive

    PROFIT FIRST! Steps to Increase Profitability with The Green Executive

    In this week's episode, we have Sahra Linnemann from The Green Executive discusses the concept of profit first and how it can help contractors in the green industry manage their cash flow and increase profitability.

    The profit first approach involves taking profit out of income first and then operating with what's remaining.

    Sahra explains the mechanics of profit first, including setting up different accounts for profit, owner's pay, taxes, and operations.

    Takeaways


    The profit first approach involves taking profit out of income first and then operating with what's remaining.
    Proper bookkeeping and tracking expenses are crucial for making informed business decisions.
    Regularly review profit and loss reports to assess the financial health of the business and make necessary adjustments.

    The Hardscaper High Five was first introduced as part of Hardscaper Showcase earlier in 2023. If you couldn't make it out to one of those events, head over to [https://hardscaper.com/2023-virtual-showcase/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 30 min
    0$ to 5M$ in 12 Months! The Start of StoneCraft Designs

    0$ to 5M$ in 12 Months! The Start of StoneCraft Designs

    Rob Green, owner of StoneCraft Designs shares his journey of growing his hardscaping business from a shovel to $5 million in revenue in just 12 months.! He started the business with a simple website and a $200 Facebook ad, landing his first job without even owning a shovel. Rob tells us the importance of commitment to quality and customer education, which led to referrals and more opportunities. Even when facing challenges and losses, Rob's focus on the luxury market and leveraging his existing network helped him turn the business around.

    He also tells us why mentorship matters to him. In this conversation, Rob Green shares his journey in the hardscaping industry and the strategies he used to build a successful business. Rob shares insights on analyzing numbers, managing inventory, and building a strong brand.

    Takeaways


    Commitment to quality and customer education can set a business apart and lead to referrals and more opportunities.
    Challenges and losses are part of the journey, but they can be turned into positive learning experiences.
    Starting small and taking calculated risks can lead to significant growth in a short period of time.

    The Hardscaper High Five was first introduced as part of Hardscaper Showcase earlier in 2023. If you couldn't make it out to one of those events, head over to [https://hardscaper.com/2023-virtual-showcase/] to check it out for free!

    We launch new episodes every Tuesday, so be sure to sign up to our Facebook or Instagram page to be the first to get notified!

    Have an idea for an episode, or a problem you’d like to see us explore? Hit us up at podcast@hardscaper.com or send us a DM on Instagram @hardscaper_

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Greenmonsterls ,

Useful and informative

Always something from Alex that can be implemented within your business for growth and improvement

GreggoPWN ,

They’re the best

Alex and the rest of the crew at Techo-Bloc are the real deal. They operate one of the largest, fastest growing, and wildly imaginative hardscape companies that exist. If you’re in the biz, and you’re not listening to this show - you’re only hurting yourself.

Bill Reed ,

Great start!

Enjoyed the first couple of episodes!

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