Stories of Gumption is a regular column that profiles individuals or businesses that admirably demonstrate Gumption as we define it. These are the stories of real people who exhibit gumption in overcoming personal challenges, and validate the spirit of Gumption during their journey. Let’s take inspiration from those who seize 100% personal responsibility and show us how to live a life that exhibits gump-like values, gump-like behaviors, and gump-like results … and are worthy of applause!
Last Saturday, I was invited to speak at Lakeland Feed’s 2012 Employee Kickoff event. My task was twofold: Help focus the employees on the primary objective for the coming year. And secondly, showcase Lakeland Feed as the great company it is to all the employees and their families.
Lakeland Feed’s mill and main retail outlet is located in Hamilton, Montana.
Lakeland Feed has experienced steady, consistent growth for more than a decade since being purchased by owner Mike Pflieger. The growth has hyperaccelerated during the past three years as sales have doubled during this period. Lakeland just received one of the seventy-five 2012 Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards® by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
At its core, Lakeland Feed has created a business model based on gump-like values.
Lakeland Feed’s forty-plus employees demonstrate gump-like behaviors on a daily basis.
Lakeland Feed continues to produce gump-like results on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
Here are several reasons why Lakeland Feed has been successful and consistently strives to Function with Gumption.