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Jeff McManus

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Growing Weeders Into Leaders With Jeff McManus

The YourLIVINGBrand.live show

In today's fast-paced, constantly evolving business landscape, a strong leadership team is more important than ever. But many organizations fail to realize that leadership is not a quality that can be taught or imposed from the top down. Instead, it must be nurtured and developed from within. How can organizations identify and invest in employees who have the potential to be great leaders? Here to discuss leadership along with insights from his book, Growing Weeders Into Leaders, is Jeff McManus. At 37, the University of Mississippi hired Jeff as the Director of the newly formed Landscape Services Department. As one of the most junior directors on campus, his immediate challenges were staggering - exceptionally low morale with an unacceptable lack of productivity. So, he established a four-step process he calls “The GROW System." Great teams, Raising results, Offense scores, and Winning Attitudes are the four things that formed Jeff's GROW System. Join Jeff as he talks about growing leaders and how organizations identify and invest in employees who have the potential to be great leaders.

32mins

27 Sep 2022

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Episode #197 Growing Weeders into Leaders with Jeff McManus

The Ultimate Landscape CEO - Jeffrey Scott

Jeff McManus is the Director of Landscape Services at the Univ. of Mississippi with 70 direct reports. He owns his own landscape business and is the author of the best-selling book “Growing Weeders Into Leaders”. Currently he teaches leadership development to companies across the green industry and beyond. We discuss in this podcast how he was inspired by the Military, The Ritz Carlton, Disney, Chick-fil-A, and the Boy Scouts, as he continues to develop his own leadership programs. In this episode, you will hear the importance of going “the second mile”, and how he brings in clients to instruct and motivate his teams, and so much more about teaching leadership. The post Episode #197 Growing Weeders into Leaders with Jeff McManus appeared first on Jeffrey Scott.

1hr 2mins

24 Jun 2022

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Episode 20: On Growing Weeders into Leaders with Jeff McManus

Drama Free Living with Dennis and Lisa McIntee

As Landscape Leader at the University of Mississippi, Jeff McManus has transformed his team of mowers, weeders, and planters into a highly developed group of professionals. Jeff joins Dennis and Lisa to discuss more of his trademark leadership development style (outlined in his first book, Growing Weeders into Leaders). Jeff covers the key trademarks of successful leaders and how to introduce creativity into unexpected areas. The Leadership Development Group is a consulting firm that exists to help you create a better work culture through drama free strategies, leadership coaching, and training. Since 2005, they have helped over 2,000 companies become drama free and significantly increase their productivity as a result. Discover the freedom of a better work culture today at leadershipdevgroup.com. Learn more about the resources in today’s episode:  Dramafreeresults.com JeffMcManus.com

21mins

17 Aug 2021

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NA 37 Growing Weeders Into Leaders with Jeff McManus Part 2 of 2

Nature Advantage Podcast

“You have to look at ways to challenge yourself. Otherwise, you become stagnant. Nature's great at showing us this. If it's not growing, it dies, and then when it dies, it gets rotten.”  - Jeff McManus Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants....he grows people....he grows ideas. Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as "weeders", and developing them into "leaders" has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University - a replicable training program that promotes the individual's innate ability to GROW. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a PGMS Certified Grounds manager, and Certified Arborist. Jeff has spoken at Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, SRAPPA, Trent Lott Leadership Institute as well as the SEC Ole Miss Athletics. He has also worked with Memphis University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and private firms in developing their own training programs. Your Key Takeaways From Compaction to Aerification -  Giving our teams a chance to kind of rekindle those roots to keep planting the cultivation process.  Growing and Developing – The importance of feeding the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Weeders Into Leaders – Moving from surviving into thriving and empowering people to experience not only what it means to grow outstanding landscapes, but also to grow greatness in themselves and encourage it in others. Tailgate Huddles - 31 life lessons and ways to cultivate greatness in your team   Resources Website Jeff on LinkedIn Jeff on Twitter Jeff’s Book, Growing Weeders into Leaders Connect with Darren For more information on the Nature Advantage visit natureadvantageshow.com Darren’s Social Media Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

26mins

26 Jul 2021

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NA 36 GROW Theory with Jeff McManus Part 1 of 2

Nature Advantage Podcast

“I like cultivating people. I love to see people grow. And so when I can grow people who grow great plants, that to me is the cultivation secret right there.” – Jeff McManus Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants....he grows people....he grows ideas. Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as "weeders", and developing them into "leaders" has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University - a replicable training program that promotes the individual's innate ability to GROW. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a PGMS Certified Grounds manager, and Certified Arborist. Jeff has spoken at Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, SRAPPA, Trent Lott Leadership Institute as well as the SEC Ole Miss Athletics. He has also worked with Memphis University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and private firms in developing their own training programs. Your Key Takeaways Chief Cultivation Officer – Jeff’s journey to growing plants, people, and ideas From the Ground Up – How Jeff tackled the challenge of managing a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification implementation project.  The 4 Components to Leadership Turn Around At Ole Miss GROW-theory - a management and professional development approach Resources Website Jeff on LinkedIn Jeff on Twitter Jeff’s Book, Growing Weeders into Leaders Connect with Darren For more information on the Nature Advantage visit natureadvantageshow.com Darren’s Social Media Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

33mins

19 Jul 2021

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E046: Teaching Weeders to be Leaders with Jeff McManus

Amidon Planet

Learning to teach better by discussing the featured book, Growing Weeders into Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Ground Level, with the author, University of Mississippi Director of Landscape Services, Jeff McManus. Show notes can be found at https://amidonplanet.com/episode46/.

50mins

10 Jun 2021

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Episode 6: Jeff McManus: Ole Miss, Director of Landscape Services

Tiger Turf Talk

In this episode we host public speaker, author and Director of Landscape Services at Ole Miss, Jeff McManus. In this episode we dive into the different ways a leader can have a positive impact on their employees. We discuss his book Turning Weeders into Leaders as he is discusses ideas of the GROW theory to the four Cs. We also discuss the different ideas that went into his creation of Landscape University where the workers are motivated to strive for more through the certification. This is an amazing episode with some of the best content yet. Enjoy! 

1hr 22mins

15 Oct 2020

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BOV – Jeff McManus Growing Leaders

Vroom Vroom Veer with Jeff Smith

Jeff McManus has a bachelor's degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is the recipient of the 2016 Horticulture Alumni of the year. He is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Jeff has been with the University of Mississippi since 2000 as Director of Landscape Services. During those years Jeff and his team have gained national recognition for their attention to detail and eye for beauty. Under Jeff’s leadership the Ole Miss campus has won the National Professional Grounds Maintenance Society Best Maintained Campus twice, Newsweek’s most beautiful campus in 2011 and was named by the Princeton Review as the 2013 most beautiful campus.Jeff McManus Vroom Veer Stories Fail a marketing class, fell in love with landscaping--changed his major--VEER! Found a great mentor in college who got him onto a short list for a job at Ole Miss Having a AHA moment when he stopped complaining about "draminators" and took action Realized he could teach how he wanted work done and also how to teach leadership, pride and excellence The drama kings/queens slowly left the job, after he installed the new culture Found that "landscape university" was a great model that was transferable to any organization Realized when he pointed one finger at anyone else, he pointed three fingers at himself Grew his own personal awareness of how his words and actions as a leader have a major impactJeff McManus LinksJeff's Web Site Landscape University

37mins

5 Oct 2020

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Landscaping, Leadership Creation, and Impactful Management with Jeff McManus

The 4 Principles of Success with Antonio Holman

Jeff is located in Oxford, Mississippi, and is the author of Growing Weeders Into Leaders, and the director of landscape services at the University of Mississippi where he grows plants, people, and great ideas by cultivating leadership, team culture, pride, and ownership. With developing his plan for his weeders called Landscape University,--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the4pos/support

24mins

17 Aug 2020

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EP#150 Growing Weeders into Leaders with Jeff McManus

The Quiet Warrior Show

In the year 2000 Jeff joined the University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss campus as the Director of Landscape Services. He brought with him the understanding that students regularly mention campus appearance as one of the key factors in their decision to enroll at a University. With that in mind, Jeff and his team developed a system of beautification and landscape management that has led to numerous awards for the Ole Miss campus. Princeton Review and Newsweek Magazine identified the University of Mississippi as our nation’s most beautiful campus. Most recently, Ole Miss was named by USA Today readers as the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful College Campus. Jeff and his staff recognize that education at its best is a community experience.  For he and his team, developing and maintaining beauty, order and safety on the Ole Miss campus is much like a higher calling. Providing faculty, staff and students with clean, safe and beautiful spaces for knowledge sharing is their mission....the recognition and awards attest to their excellence. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a Certified Arborist. He is highly engaged in sharing his knowledge at www.jeffmcmanus.com and his most recent book, Growing Weeders into Leaders.

26mins

11 Aug 2020

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