1 Awesome Boss + 1 Stupid Boss = What would you do?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by elitelawnteam1, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    So what did you do? Still working for them? Did you get them to pay for your truck repair?
  2. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 424

    I try and be nice but nice only gets you so far. I have a partner. He is the nice guy. He is also the guy that ran the company into the ground. Disorganized as all hell but everyone likes him because he lets them get away with what ever they want.

    I'm the bad guy. I make the guys keep up with the weeding. I make sure the equipment is not abused. I make sure the customers get what they pay for and not a penny less or a penny more.

    Every one loves him and they hate me. Some times I want to sell my equipment and leave altogether and let them go under. Now that the economy is picking up they think they don't need me any more and they made a move to cut me out.

    A two weeks into it all the equipment started to break down and I stopped doing estimates. I told my partner to do the estimates.

    Now they he and his assistant are talking about leaving. I go ahead. I managed this company without their help during the hardest times and I can manage it with out them again if I have to.
  3. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Tico, sorry to hear what u are gong thru. Been there, best advice is to get out on ur own as soon as possible.
  4. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 424

    I've lived in this county since I was 6. Now I'm 32 and I still don't have papers. In fact I'm the last in my family. Some times I think my family isn't helping me so I have to keep working for them. As soon as I can get a state license I can get my truck insured with state plates i'm on my own.
  5. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Yes he did pay to get it repaired. I met with both my bosses and me and the "cool boss" talked to the other owner. He apologized to both of us, and said he could & will do better. It's been about 2 weeks and so far everything seems okay. I'm going to hold out until spring and see how things go. Even with nearly 7 years of being in this business, I think it would be a hard to get a job somewhere else since I do not have a high school diploma, though I am working on my GED, this job is pretty secure right now, they're already working on getting my routes ready for this year. But like I said, I'll see how things go.
  6. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    High School Diplomas mean absolutely nothing. First my older brother dropped out in his Junior year because he had 50+ residential account contracts already. After that I'm stuck on the school bus when we meet him at an intersection pulling his 6'x16' dual axle trailer with a Woods Hydro walkbehind, a 150 series Gravely ZTR & all the other expensive yet paid for necessary equipment. Friends were staring out the bus windows saying: Man, he's got it together as if to say- What are we doing still going to school? The difference being Matt was always a hard worker & an excellent saver from 12 on.
    Next, an friend Matts age dropped out & then myself. Interestingly enough the ones that graduated are those we hire to work our businesses. Its all about motivation, drive & a longterm vision that makes anybody a somebody.
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