Marty Grunder, left, Tino Martinez, Derrick Brooks and Joe Chiellini at GROW! 2018
Photo by PamElla Lee Photography

GROW! 2018 brought together a variety of professionals with lots of advice to share. From former NFL star Derrick Brooks to some all-star landscapers, here is some food for thought from the conference in Tampa, Florida:

Tino Martinez, former MLB player

Always strive to do better. “I always wanted to do better than last year,” he said.

“I pushed myself hard day in and day out.”

Be accountable to your team. “If guys showed up tired or hungover, the other guys would get on them,” he said.

Derrick Brooks, former NFL player

The best advice he got from a coach was “Be humble, but don’t be bashful.”

Be accountable to both yourself and others. “I think that’s a key ingredient to building any team,” he said.

Find your motivation, whatever it is. “Keeping your edge is about one person – you,” he said.

Mike Rorie, executive vice president, GroundSystems

Offer good working conditions to stay competitive.

Keep growing for your people, even if it’s just a little at a time. “We enjoy the winning,” he said. “It’s contagious.”

For more advice, read the full story at bit.ly/GrowAdvice.

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