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April 30, 2018

Building Great Teams
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This month's topic is Building Great Teams, and we are teaming up with two tremendous guests- Jeff McManus will discuss his book Growing weeders into Leaders, and Megan Smith-Gill tells us to make the shift from building teams to building great teams!
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Corporate Talk: Building Great Teams
Up First- Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants….he grows people….he grows ideas. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate.

Then- Megan Smith Gill created a system that she used to transform her life called Give A Shift, and she is now teaching others how they can, too, create lives bigger and better than they ever dreamed possible.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
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. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate.

After coming to the University in 2000, Jeff took on the challenge of managing a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification implementation project. Faced with a demand for excellence and high productivity, and a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Through that experience, Jeff developed his approach to managing resources and developing personnel – his GROW-theory; a management and professional development approach based in the belief that all humans either strive for or have within them the elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom – they just need a fertile environment to GROW. 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. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to GROW a high-performance and dedicated workforce. 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.


Jeff's Website

 
Megan Smith-Gill
Holy, Shift!™ Megan Smith Gill is a transformational teacher, speaker, author and coach who has reverse engineered happiness and abundance. Megan spent nearly twenty years as a marketing executive and agency owner before discovering her true life’s calling. Outwardly successful, Megan lived a life that lacked deep fulfillment on the inside and she set out on a quest to find meaning in purpose in her life. Along the way she discovered the secrets to living a life with more abundance than she ever dreamed of, and created a 10-step process for herself that she is now sharing with the world called Give A Shift ™: 10 Simple Steps to an Abundant Life. Megan is an avid lover of nature, especially the ocean which she calls her “love potion.” She lives in a small New England town in Connecticut with her husband, Michael, two small daughters, Molly and Maisey, and their white fluffy dog named Pippa. Megan is also the founder of Give A Shift Academy, her online learning community designed to fast track her students on their path towards higher states of consciousness and prosperity.

Megan's Website