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Intentional Leadership with Pumpkin Plan Strategies with Steve Bousquet

In Episode 9 of this special series on self-care and strategy for entrepreneurs, Dr. Sabrina, The Business Psychologist™, welcomes Steve Bousquet, a Tap the Potential client and owner of American Landscape and Lawn Science. Steve and his team have been at the forefront of dealing with COVID-19 and supporting other entrepreneurs as they deal with the pandemic’s effect on the business.

Listen in as Steve shares what he learned and has put into place prior to the COVID-19 event that has helped him and his team to be stable and sustainable throughout this uncertain time, applying Pumpkin Plan principles throughout the process. You’ll also hear how Steve and his team have led through this and dealt with morale issues. This is a great opportunity to put some of these ideas into place in your own business so that your work supports life and your business sustains life for all the team members involved.

Steve describes himself as a blue-collar executive. He founded S&B Lawn and Garden Care in 1983, while still in high school. After graduating from college with a BA in Economics, he changed the name of his landscaping company to American Landscape Service. In 1991, Steven added Lawn Science to the company to form American Landscape and Lawn Science LLC. Today his company services 3,000 clients with 25 amazing team members.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • The three things that Steve attributes to his business’s sustainability:
  • In 2015, he began Pumpkin Planning. This helped him to identify his ideal clients, his company’s immutable laws, and his ideal team members.
  • In 2016, he started to incorporate Profit First. This provided him with an understanding of the financial tools he would need to succeed.
  • In 2018, he got serious about building his team by finding their strengths, learning how they communicate, having one-on-one meetings, and having regular team meetings. (Check out Tap the Potential’s Better Business, Better Life™ Program)
  • Steve shares what his experience was like as an entrepreneur prior to 2015, and how his numbers have changed over the last five years.
  • Dr. Sabrina explains the philosophy of Profit First.
  • What “Leading with Love” means for Steve’s leadership.
  • Steve relates the benefits of asking powerful questions, the wisdom of reminding his team members of their strengths, and the importance of protecting your own strengths.

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Books Mentioned:

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree

Fix This Next: Make the Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business by Mike Michalowicz

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.