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Chris LoCurto

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June 23, 2011

What’s It Worth To Ya?

While vacationing in California, I was able to take a really nice tour of a fruit producer’s farm. It was absolutely incredible because the farm is what’s called Bio Dynamic. This takes farming to a whole new level — or actually, an old one. The way they did it when there weren’t chemicals. And, this is well above organic.

They use nature to completely take care of their crops. They have cows for fertilizer and sheep for weed eating and fertilizer. They have hawks and bats to keep out the wrong animals and bugs. They even keep out fruit-eating birds. But the coolest thing for me was the insectory. Yep, they actually have a ton of plants in one area that attract all of the right bugs they need around their plants. Not only that, but they have set up a “highway” for the bugs to go from the insectory out to the fields. It’s crazy, I tell ya!

You would be blown away to see how this process absolutely produces a much better fruit. In fact, because they use ZERO chemicals, there isn’t the stress on the fruit to have to adapt. I know it sounds crazy, but the fruit is able to grow….relaxed. It’s a difference you can taste when you try it.

Ok, I said the insectory was the coolest thing. Truth is, the coolest thing was something we learned from the owner of the farm. For almost 30 years they have farmed as a family. In fact, they consider all of the workers part of that family. They used to sit down every day together and have lunch that the mom cooked. In that “family” was a man from Mexico named Joaquin, the head grower.

About a decade or so ago, Joaquin started having some serious health issues. Come to find out, his liver was bad. Don’t know why. He wasn’t a drinker. But all of a sudden, he was in trouble. There was no possible way he could continue working the farm. He had to have a transplant, and all of his family was back in Mexico.

Instead of sending Joaquin packing back to Mexico, the family paid to fly down to where Joaquin’s family lived, paid to test his family members to find out if anyone was a match and then paid for the surgery. Who does that?! Well, people who believe you should treat your team members like family. The good news is that the surgery worked…for over a decade. Unfortunately, he needs another transplant. Guess who’s right by his side?

A lot of people would have felt really bad, but they would have told Joaquin they couldn’t do anything to help. In our business, that’s just not an option. Many times,  we’ve shelled out a lot of money to take care of our team members. You take care of your people! Why? Because isn’t that how you would want your son to be treated? Isn’t that how you would want your daughter to be taken care of?

When teaching EntreLeadership, I always ask the attendees this question: “Is it your business, or is it God’s? If it’s yours, go ahead and do it your way. If it’s His, do what He would want you to do.” As a parent, what would you want?

Question: Have you ever experienced companies going above and beyond to take care of their team members? If so, click on comment to let us know about it. 

This Friday, be sure to check out my quest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1482265615 Marybeth White Edgecomb

    Sounds like a blog post I did recently … about Tammy Kornberg & Lampo!

    http://achievechemistry.com/blog/2011/06/whos-got-your-back-when-disaster-strikes/

    Great article Chris! One of the things I love about you guys…

  • http://jjedlin.wordpress.com jjedlin

    Lampo really does live this out. In my short time there as an intern I saw multiple examples of “If it’s His, do what He would want you to do” mentality.

    I’m headed to California next week and would love to try some of that fruit…what’s the name of the company?

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Hey brother! Great to hear from you. Thanks for the comment.

  • Chris Johnston

    I truly enjoy reading, but more importantly sharing articles like these with others.

    It allows me to plant seeds in those around me and share what true family and compassion really mean.

  • http://www.cabinart.net Jana Botkin

    Wow, what a story! And I’m just dying to know where this farm is!

    And after reading the above comments I just have one question: does Lampo need an artist? 8-)

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Hahaha….I’ll check with HR! :-)

  • Em

    It is incredible to be a part of a team like this that takes care of people! There has not been a time in my nearly 7 years here at Lampo that I have witnessed anything but this kind of care and concern for anyone on the team. It is definitely a huge piece of what makes this place great!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      And so much of that comes from you!!!

  • http://medicalaccountsolutions.wordpress.com medicalaccountsolutions

    Chris, I know you said if you have experienced this, post a comment…and I haven’t. This was a huge testimony to me when I took the EntreLeadership course in Cancun November 2009. A dynamic moment for me seeing God’s principals put into actual working of everyday life in work that matters…people that matter. I hope someday that the opportunity comes for me to carry this out with my employees, but I have NEVER worked for or heard of a company beyond Dave Ramsey/The Lampo Group doing the examples that I have been given and stories shared by Dave and also the team members who work for him. This to me speaks louder than anything ever could have about Dave and his integrity and passion to walk the talk. Loved this post!!!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Love this comment!!!