Why Labor Day is My Favorite Holiday

A 2011 Harris Poll Caught my eye, ranking America's favorite Holidays, and then segmenting that info by generation and gender. I'll admit it:  Labor Day is MY favorite Holiday. In the past I've called it Under-rated.  Misunderstood.  Now I'll just … [Continue reading]

Talent Selection: Skills or Values?

My world view around phenomenal business success is clearly centered around the "soft" issues of business. As Tom Peters brilliantly put it: "Soft is hard.  Hard is soft!" Culture.  Team Work.  Service.  > Strategy.  Planning.  Analysis. All … [Continue reading]

Hustle Case Study: Pitbull

Education is not only about IF and where you have a degree from, it's about lifelong learning, and more learning happens OUTSIDE the classroom than inside of it.    You also don't need a semester to gain great inspiration and new knowledge, 10 … [Continue reading]

The Hidden Secret to Rocky’s Success? Relationships

Spike TV ran a Rocky Marathon on 4th of July, and of course I got sucked in for what had to be the 100th+ time of my life watching the great American Classic.  Like all great movies that get watched over and over, you tend to pick up new lines each … [Continue reading]

The Talent Hunt: Where’s the Will To Win?

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There are some painful and common things I'm seeing lately on the hunt for talent, interviewing countless people for various positions. In the past I've posted on this topic: Where Job Candidates Fail:  Articulating GBE The Market for Talent & … [Continue reading]

Where Job Candidates Fail: Articulating GBE

The Jersey Shore Reality show (if you can call it that).  Yes, I cringe at the portrayal of young Italian Americans in this light, from my home state.  And of course I can relate and found it comical.  But they captured perfectly with their GTL … [Continue reading]

In a Rut? Go on a Field Trip!

"Get out in the field!" It's an expression in business that could mean a few things: Visiting customers Looking at the competitive marketplace Working in the factory/front lines In the Stores The field is really anything … [Continue reading]

Little Tests of Integrity: The Choice to do the RIGHT Thing

A minor event happened recently that I didn't give much thought at the time. A supplier billed us for goods received.  But there was an honest mistake in that they billed us for an amount that was a few thousand SHORT of what it should have been. … [Continue reading]

Thoughts on an 8 Year Opening Day Missive Ritual

One of the most exciting parts of business is building a culture with a team.  Taking part in events, and some of those turn into traditions. Before I acquired LM Foods, I was lucky to be part of a great little Memphis based company, Monogram … [Continue reading]

Hustle Conquers Snow……And Most Obstacles

Winters in the Northeast are brutal, and 2015 was no exception. HUGE amounts of snow can create havoc on a manufacturing operation as trucks (inbound/outbound), employees and customers all are faced with extra challenges for carrying out their … [Continue reading]


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