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Click on the sections below to find more information about Jeff McManus and his new book, Growing Weeders Into Leaders.

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About Jeff

Jeff McManus grows things. 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. Faced with a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification project, a demand for excellence, high productivity, and with a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Understanding that all humans either have or strive for the innate elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom, Jeff developed his GROW-theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program for his staff.

Taking his grounds employees, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to grow a high-performance and dedicated workforce.

  • Weeders into Leaders, creating a culture change in the workplace
  • Paycheck to Purpose
  • Menial to Meaningful: How to cultivate pride and ownership
  • Culture trumps strategy
  • Great teams are getting beyond barriers to beliefs
  • How companies and universities can build effective training programs and systems that promote an individual’s innate ability to grow
About the Book
Aristotle and Nike got it right – GREATNESS is what we humans DO – when given the challenge, the encouragement, the environment, and the opportunity.

Book CoverAt some point in this postmodern life, individual greatness has lost its appeal for many of us. It has been commodified and relegated to those who are measured by shortest/longest times, impressive distances, highest heights, lowest lows, medals won, honors given…and again…Aristotle and Nike got it right…GREATNESS is what we can DO…every day…without recognition or reward, but for the satisfaction that comes from meeting the challenge, creating a team, and overcoming the odds. And that is what Growing Weeders into Leaders is about.

It is an entertaining and thoughtful look into the hearts and the workday lives of ordinary people – just like you and me – who tapped into their inner greatness in pursuit of a vision. Creating one of America’s most beautiful college campuses, at Ole Miss, did not happen overnight and, inside these pages, Jeff McManus describes the joys, the defeats, the brilliant problem-solving and the “best laid plans” that are proven worthless…until the bigger picture is told. It is the “bigger picture” told from the ground level. Growing Weeders into Leaders takes you through the practical applications of empowering people to experience not only what it means to grow outstanding landscapes, but also to grow greatness in themselves and encourage it in others.

Additional Info
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
  • Paperback (ISBN:978-1683503309)
  • eBook (ISBN: 987-1683503323)
  • 166 Pages
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • MSRP: $16.95
Speaking and Media Appearances
Speaking Events
  • June 14 – Ole Miss Campus, Incoming Freshman Class
  • June 29 – Speaking at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • July 21 – Ole Miss Campus, Incoming Freshman Class
  • July 23-25 – Professional Grounds Managers Society, North Carolina
  • August 4 – Chamber of Commerce, Oxford, MS
  • August 10-11 – CFO’s and Controllers Conference, Ritz Carlton, New Orleans, LA
  • September 14 – Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), Orlando, FL
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