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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….

  • Nico, our First shift Supervisor tied the knot with Carmelina, also an LM Foods employee from our second shift!  This wedding was fun, but not without a fair degree of stress as the Minister was 20 minutes late.  No fear however….

    • IN Cha, our Sales Operations Manager springs into action and downloads a license to conduct marriages.  Anything is possible with the internet!  Thankfully, he did not need to put it to use.

  • We decided to get out to Top Golf for a night of celebration a couple weeks before with the guys and later met up with the girls.  Top Golf is a great place for even the most novice of golfers to hack it up and have some fun while doing it.

  • A few nights out around the fire pit……a long NJ winter with too short of a spring provides a great excuse.

Last……I found a great little bottle of wine:  “1,000 stories.”  It was a label that flat out grabbed me, and caused me to day-dream.

1k stories…..

  • Isn’t a company’s culture, or DNA driven by the collection of stories?   Aren’t these stories what makes the company unique, valuable, remarkable?

  • Isn’t the culture the key to a great company/career/job/experience?

  • Doesn’t the culture begin and end with the person in the mirror?  In other words, everyone!

  • If you aren’t creating stories/memories/experiences that are worth telling, are you really living a life fulfilled, or are you just grinding through the day?

LM Foods, like many companies has its fair share of stories.  As do our customers, suppliers, investors and service providers.

The joy of business is not just writing your our own story, but understanding the story of those around you.  In many ways, that’s what Heart & Hustle is all about.   

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…. […]
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 […]
May 27, 2016

Words Are Everything!

I’ve always liked to walk our factory’s property first thing in the morning. Today I was admiring the green thumb work from Andrew, our sales director!  Sprucing up our entrance is not exactly in the job description of  a sales person, so let’s call this “Green Thumb Hustle!”  Andrew takes pride in his craft, and pride in where he works.  We are […]
April 1, 2016

April Fool’s Day: Laughter Matters!

April 1st.  April Fools’ Day.  A day set aside for doing harmless pranks or jokes on your friends, co-workers, etc.  The outcome of said prank?  Laughter. A great prank is a display of creativity.  Stress.  Laughter.  In many ways, it’s a show of trust, that we can play a joke on a co-worker and they won’t take it too seriously, and […]