method for growing leaders. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants…he grows people…he grows ideas. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st-century mandate. Discover insight into how Jeff took a failing enterprise and grew it into one of the premier facilities in the United States.
After coming to the University in 2000, Jeff took on the challenge of managing a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification implementation project. Faced with a demand for excellence and high productivity, and a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants.
Through that experience, Jeff developed his approach to managing resources and developing personnel-his GROW theory, a management and professional development approach based on the belief that all humans either strive for or have within them the elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity, and Wisdom.
Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped across acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by The Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek, and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who walks the Ole Miss Campus.
He has designed a professional development plan called Landscape University-a training program that promotes the individual’s innate ability to GROW.
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