Ryan Markewich and Steve Baker – Landscape Disruptors

Ryan Markewich and Steve Baker

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Building a Landscape Business is Part Art and Strategy

Building a business can be challenging. It takes patience and a type of personality that can handle and manage the stresses that come with starting up. Taking your company from an owner/operator status, capturing enough revenue to hire some staff, and maybe eventually growing revenue and profits to scale.

In this episode of the podcast, Ryan Markewich from Creative Roots and Steve Baker from The Great Game of Business discuss the reasons for financial transparency in the workplace and how to create a company culture where staff think like owners and make better decisions to benefit the business. The Great Game of Business is a system to train people within a company to create a transparent and cohesive environment where teamwork thrives. Everyone becomes accountable—ultimately creating more success for the company. No matter how you turn the dials in your landscape company, there will always be trial and error. Still, the race to streamline and eliminate waste will always be ongoing. Open-book management seems to have a pretty high success rate when creating a strong company culture in which a successful company is built.

About Ryan Markewich

Owner at Creative Roots Landscaping, Business Coach at RMark Consulting

Ryan started his landscape business, Creative Roots, in 1994. Thirteen years later when he adopted Open Book Management, hired a coach, and started playing The Great Game of Business everything began to change. He went from running the show by himself – while feeling the like the show was running him – to bringing three co-owners on board and educating his employees so they understood the business they way he did. It’s given Ryan the freedom to step back, empower other leaders to step up, and do more of the things he loves – including starting a coaching business so he can show others how they can “put down the shovel” and elevate their business.

About Steve Baker

Vice President, The Great Game of Business, Inc.

Steve coauthored Get in the Game as well as the update of the number one bestseller, The Great Game of Business—20th Anniversary Edition. Known for his engaging and irreverent style, Steve is a top-rated, sought-after speaker and coach on open-book management, strategy and execution, leadership, and employee engagement.

His audiences range from Harvard University to the Department of Defense, and he is a regular at Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 Conference. He has served on the Board of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and SRC Holding’s Ownership Culture Initiative.

Steve is an award-winning artist and lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his trophy wife, JoAnn, and three above-average children.

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If you like this episode, check out our guests’ line up in Season One and Season Two.