Heart is about caring. Demonstrating service, not just proclaiming it. Companies cannot be GREAT when only one side wins, everybody needs to benefit. Heart means looking out for our brothers and sisters, building a team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Hustle is all about hard work, and a desire to get better every single day. Going the extra mile. Leaving it all on the field. Serving our partners. Manufacturing may not be “sexy,” but we love it, and it is still a cornerstone of this great country. Heart & Hustle is the corporate blog of LM Foods. Where Loyalty Matters.
July 7, 2017

The Chase for 1,000 Stories

My 2016 year end board meeting started a useful & fun exercise:  Building a story through pictures.  The best kind of story……the true variety.  Of People.  People Winning.  Celebrating.  Learning.   So on a week off I went through the fun project of looking at LM Foods’ Quarter 2.  So much went on in Q2, but to name a few…. […]
February 14, 2017

Board Meetings: What Picture Are YOU Painting?

Board Meetings. The thought alone can create a degree of stress.  A business’s Board plays an invaluable role in governance, oversight and accountability.  A good board always looks out for its shareholders.  A GREAT board goes beyond that, they have a vested interest in STAKEHOLDERS as well.  Customers.  Suppliers.  Employees.  Community.  Lenders.  But it’s the responsibility of the management team to […]
December 12, 2016

When A Christmas Party Rocks

I will admit it.  Each year I get a bit more annoyed at the commercialization of Christmas.  It won’t be long before we start seeing door buster Christmas sales on Labor Day! But I’ve come to enjoy one little tradition, and how challenging it can be:  The Company Christmas Party. Challenging for too many reasons.  What’s the budget?  The place? […]
September 7, 2016

SWAG Matters, Especially When It’s From The Heart!

We’ve all seen SWAG.  You know, the stuff you get at trade shows or events with company logos on them.  From shirts, to pens, to mugs, promo items are everywhere, and we have our fair share. But there’s a special kind of SWAG I’ve come to love more than any other. Homemade SWAG.   Let me explain….. With “Heart & […]
July 13, 2016

Relationships: If They End, Should They Ever Begin Again?

It happens in business:  Relationship sometimes end.  It could be relationships with…. Customers Suppliers Employees It can happen for many reasons.  Economic?  Price too high.  Salary not high enough?  Requirements/”ease” of doing business is becoming unbearable.  Countless reasons. I’ve always been fascinated with Employee relationships. People are what define every company and the culture within it.  I’m often confronted with employees […]