It is said that our life is shaped by our careers or business but I want to think of the reverse to this… our business is shaped by our life! Experiences good and bad are the building blocks to life and this is often reflected in business. Our decisions come from what we have experienced in the past as well as our knowledge of the present and vision is shaped by experiences that we want to see reversed or grown.
Well, Greenline is no different and the business was born during a very difficult year. The anticipation and opportunity of a long-lasting partnership with my father was cut short when he was taken with cancer. This experience got me asking some deep questions about the direction of Greenline and why I should continue. My father’s motive was simple… start a business to provide for me. So, I decided to carry that forward. Provide a business that gives my family an opportunity and… a direction.
With this mantra I continued on. As the years and the personnel of Greenline increased, I continued to ask the same questions. Which direction and why? I had never really clarified this thought process as the day to day detail kept my mind full of doing, not formalising a vision. I can still remember the first year in business and the fifth, the tenth and now the twentieth year and I think “How did we last this long?”
Finding or describing a vision is difficult. But reflecting over life experiences and summarising what and why we do certain things helps to shape the true picture. A deeper purpose; rather than purely profit is the key to a sustainable business model. As we all know profit is normally the last in line after all the other factors align. So, what is a deeper purpose? I discovered that I enjoy helping others. Whether it be time or money or space… it is motivating and rewarding. Purpose is simple and uncomplicated. Purpose, when applied unselfishly, is movement.
So, growing up I lived outside. My early memories of light and sounds and smells and space were outside, doing things, exploring, climbing and running. It must have been perplexing to my accountant father and school teacher mother. I was uncluttered and free. I didn’t take a bag to school until 5th grade. Life was one big discovery. A tall tree or a shed were there to climb. A creek was there to cross. Everything outside was a challenge to size up and conquer. And I believe every child needs the outside learning experience.
Being outside also meant room to build things. A cubby house, a chook run and a garden were all early accomplishments. This led to an interest in woodwork, metalwork and drawing at school. The fulfillment of a new idea, a design that turns into something tangible is a real-life changer.
The vision… spaces to grow… encapsulates all my experiences and purpose and sets the basis for decisions now and in the future. It carries the idea of care and helping others. It embodies learning in an outside environment. It suggests an adaptable environment to encourage growth. It paraphrases an expectation of something good, something changing and something to look forward to. It is ageless and doesn’t have a destination. Because life is a journey and experience, a point along the way.
Greenline and spaces to grow are synonymous. They perfectly express the combination of experience and purpose. A vision… to live by.
Greenline worked to our time line and delivered as per the spec. Their work was what was expected.
Friendly, professional communications and extensive help provided in the grant application process as well as excellent execution of the project.
Extremely easy to deal with. Professional service. Very happy with the completed job.
I find engaging with Greenline completely professional. The customer service is exemplary and the three projects I have been involved in with Greenline gives me confidence in their communication, ability to meet deadlines and appease a customer, quality of work, competency in meeting regulations and OHS measures
I have great confidence in this team/company.
I have used Greenline for a number of years now as I have always found them to provide excellent customer service, great quality and reliability. Our most recent project was a covered walkway to provide extra shelter for our students.
From day one, the walkway was such a big hit, with so many students using it that we actually had to provide extra staff in the area for additional student supervision. Thank you Greenline.
From my first meeting with a Greenline representative I was very impressed with the professional presentation about the company.
The process relating to construction was very well explained with timelines, contractors details and
Overall, the finished product is absolutely great. It has exceeded all our expectations and is now a real asset for the school.
Greenline did a great job here and I would recommend them to any school wanting to develop a COLA.
Greenline were a pleasure to deal with. Their communication was excellent and we are thrilled with the end product.
A huge thank you and congratulations to the team at Greenline for delivering BIG TIME our outdoor shade shelter. The shelter, which covers one of our outdoor basketball courts, gives our students a chance to play through all weather conditions and looks great. Their post project support has been fantastic with quick follow-ups and service to the school.
We found Greenline to be professional throughout our entire business relationship, from our initial communications through to the completion of our project. Their friendly, helpful advice was offered with constant consideration of our needs. Greenline were able to meet all deadlines with competency, completing our project with the highest quality of work.