Interested in sharpening your business skills? Registration is now open for the 2008 American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) Management Clinic, to take place Friday through Monday, Feb. 8 to 11, in Louisville, Ky. The clinic is the green industry's only event focused exclusively on developing the business skills of owners and managers in growing, distributing (re-wholesaling), landscaping and retailing, according to an ANLA press release. Attendees will experience 48 new sessions with first-time speakers who are new to the industry.
"Not only is it a great learning opportunity; you are immediately made to feel welcome. It's the best of the best investments that you can make for yourself, your employees, customer relationships and so much more," says Todd Haines of Christensen's Plant Center, Mich. "This is my second year, and I can't wait for the return trip in 2008!"
This year's event will launch interactive, "classroom-style" advanced learning labs. These newly designed sessions will challenge attendees to be "hands-on" and take a plan of action back to their businesses. Prospective learning lab attendees should be prepared for sessions beforehand, complete worksheets and spreadsheets during the session and work on their laptops.
Steve Farber, Eileen McDargh, Carr Hagerman and Mick Lunzer will headline this year's clinic, with a special bonus session from "the idea guy," Dr. Alan Robinson. Steve Farber, author of The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is a recipient of Fast Company magazine's Readers' Refresher. Since 1989, Farber has devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development.
The dates of the management clinic were changed this year to avoid conflict with the bustling winter trade-show season, says Jon Reelhorn, committee co-chair.
"Last year's management clinic was so successful, with attendance growing by more than 30 percent, that we had to move our dates this year. With the winter trade-show season busier than ever, we worked hard to try to avoid direct overlap with any other industry events," he adds.
Following the success of previous clinics, event organiziers are adding a ninth workshop track this year. This means more than 90 educational sessions for attendees to choose from.
For more information, visit www.managementclinic.org .