Every consultant tells the owners theyre bad managers. It's consultant lingo 101...i think its in the handbook somewhere.Over 30 years in the green industry I have worked for various size companies. One of the first ones, 25 years ago I was crew leader, huge company in Atlanta and South East. Truck pulls up, hey get in i need to show you some things......i say who are you.....he's one of the owners. Shows me some things, never seen him again. The company ending up selling to tru green landcare.....i quit shortly after. Next significant company I worked for was a crew leader, promoted to maintenance account manager over time. Company grew well over years. I left after about 9 years. The owner had unrealistic expectations on the day to day work. At that time around 8 million a year company. A consultant told him....you are a great owner, but a bad manager. And that was the truth. Now one of the larger landscape companies in Atlanta.
Now I work for a company that may hit 10 million this year. When I interviewed the owner said I could sell tomorrow and retire comfortably, but I dont want to do that to my managers. He is mid 40's.
At this size company it is great to see the owner daily. Approachable if needed.
Most owners dont work well with others, thats why they are owners.
If the guy has an 8 million dollar company thats been running for decades... its real hard to say hes doing anything wrong...why did he have a consultant, what did he not have that he wanted a consultant to get him? A 50 million dollar company?