COLUMNIST

Art Parkerson Columnist, Owner and CEO - Lancaster Farms

Art lives and works at Lancaster Farms, a wholesale nursery in Suffolk, Virginia. To say hello, write to art@lancasterfarms.com.

Recent Articles

Growers Talk Business
What I Learned on My Summer Vacation
Art Parkerson
The mark of a “good” trip is that you come back a different person with a new perspective.
Growers Talk Business
Take Me to Your Weeder
Art Parkerson
The higher up in management you go, the more you realize that weeds aren’t only in the field.
Growers Talk Business
Let Them Quit
Art Parkerson
It hurts when your best and brightest walk out the door.
Growers Talk Business
The Missing Key to Automation
Art Parkerson
Nursery growers and allied suppliers should examine ways our industry can standardize areas of production and material handling in order to increase efficiency through automation.
Growers Talk Business
How to Hire Mary Poppins
Art Parkerson
When's the last time you found someone capable of turning everything around with just a spoonful of sugar?
Growers Talk Business
Drive Time Will be Your Biggest Headache
Art Parkerson
The Wild West of freight is about to get a whole lot tamer.
Growers Talk Business
I Don’t Care What Anybody Thinks
Art Parkerson
We want everyone to think we don’t care what they think.
Growers Talk Business
Searching for Daniel-san
Art Parkerson
Is it unreasonable to tell an employee their job description is “wax on, wax off”?
Growers Talk Business
What Does Your Culture Eat?
Art Parkerson
None of us is any good at defining culture, much less diagnosing or changing it. We might have a feel for it, but, like Jell-O, we can’t hold it in our hands.
Columns
Don’t Listen to Them
Art Parkerson
The problem is customers can’t tell you what you want to know because they “don’t say what they think, think how they feel or do what they say.” Our only option is to study what they do.
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