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December 21, 2012
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  • John Deere mowers help Chicago maintain its green spaces
    Commercial lawn mowers from John Deere help Chicago maintain its 8,100 acres of green spaces, according to this piece. About 80% of the city's fleet of mowers run on biodiesel, which helps the city trim its environmental impact. Out-front mowers, just one of the many mower types the city has, help it save money because they can do double duty with a snow blower attachment. Turf magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Landscapers react to Midwest snow storm
      
    Source: The Des Moines Register
    The snow storm in the Midwest has increased demand for landscaping businesses that offer snow removal services. "This is the most miserable snow I’ve pushed in 18 years," said Pat Duax, owner of Duax Snow Removal and Lawn Care in Indianola, Iowa. "It is ridiculously just too much, too wet, too heavy. Complete nightmare." Paul Mosher, owner of Mosher Landscaping in Iowa, expressed joy in seeing the snow, because it would make up for last year's mild winter and the weak demand for lawn care during the summer drought. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (12/20), KKCO-TV (Grand Junction, Colo.) (12/20), KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Inside & Out 
  • Find and fix what's wrong with your business
    Much like a doctor evaluating a patient, it's important to take a methodical approach as you seek to determine what's wrong with your company, writes Dave Logan. You should analyze the strategy, culture, structure and processes of your business. "You want to pay attention to the factor that is working the least well," he writes. CBS MoneyWatch (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Habits that can help you control your fate
      
    The world isn't predetermined, but nor is it a land of chaos ruled by blind luck, says Tony Tjan, managing partner for Cue Ball Capital, in this Big Think video. The right approaches to optimistic thinking and relationship-building can help stack the odds in your favor. "You'll find yourself less contrived, you'll probably find yourself being more authentic, you'll probably feel that you have greater openness," Tjan says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Policy Update 
  • Boehner gives up on his "fiscal cliff" plan
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was forced to abandon his "fiscal cliff" proposal aimed at extracting more concessions from President Barack Obama when it became clear there wasn't enough support to pass the measure in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Boehner's inability to produce enough votes for his own plan raises the level of uncertainty about whether Republican leaders and Obama can reach a deal before the year ends. Reuters (12/21), The Washington Post (12/20), USA Today (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diversion 
  • It's the end of the world as we know it
    The world is due to end today, according to one interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, and people around the world have prepared for the worst. A Chinese man spent $160,000 building a functioning ark capable of surviving a global flood; an Ontario man built a labyrinthine underground bunker system using dozens of decommissioned school buses; and a New England mom stockpiled honey bees, which she expects to be adopted as currency once civilization collapses. MentalFloss.com (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
--Annie Dillard,
American author


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