Jeff McManus is the Chief Cultivation Officer of The Jeff McManus Group. He has served as Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi since 2000. Since his arrival, Jeff has turned a campus with untapped potential into one of the most inspiring outdoor environments in the country, eventually winning five national awards for its beauty, including Most Beautiful Campus by both The Princeton Review and Newsweek.
Jeff has studied environments, practices, and methods that allow plants to thrive through his studies at Auburn University’s School of Horticulture. Learning how to grow thriving plants as well as observing great leaders, Jeff discovered ways to help develop great people and a great team culture. Jeff learned that having teams participate in the decision-making process has given them greater ownership in what they do. Growing “weeders” into “leaders” became the secret sauce that allowed Ole Miss to be a nationally recognized campus.
Leadership practices are sacred at any level in any organization. All across the country, in every industry, leadership development that offers the individual employee the opportunity to thrive on both a personal and a professional level is needed. If employees, whether sitting at their desks, standing on a production line, or pulling weeds, understand that their ideas and investment of time, energy, and skill matter, then the culture of leadership begins to grow. Jeff can help you cultivate your leaders at your next event.