10 Growth Strategies from Inc. 500 CEOs

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Stay competitive, always

Nearly twenty years since the company first opened its doors, Complete Landscaping Systems is still growing thanks in part to its fiery CEO Laura McMurray, who joined the staff six years ago and reignited the company's competitive spirit. "I strive for excellence no matter what I'm doing," she says. "I have a hobby of riding horses, and I can't just simply go ride a trail horse; I have to get on a performance horse that I can do something crazy on." McMurray gets her competitiveness from her father, who single-handedly ran his chiropractor business throughout her whole life. "He instills in me an amazing amount of drive and ambition," she says. "I want to win."