48 Thermostat or Thermometer? with Mike Forhan
Release Date: 09/22/2021
During a recent visit to Kearney, Nebraska, I had the pleasure of staying at a property run by , where I observed how friendly and motivated all the staff members were, from the housekeeping staff to the employees at the front desk. To learn more about this positive environment, I spoke with owner Paul Younes, who shared some amazing insights about fostering employee relationships, creating a supportive workplace, and how leaders can learn to really treat their employees like family. 1:00 – The manufacturing industry can learn a lot from the hospital industry 1:20 – When everyone on the...info_outline 64 Growing Your "Rubber Band Resilience" with Kathy Parry
As a manufacturing leader, you’ve probably had emotional times where you’ve felt “stretched” like a rubber band. In this podcast, corporate energy expert Kathy Parry joins me to talk about why the stretch doesn’t have to be a negative thing. Using her background in both business and wellness, Kathy shares her favorite tips for how leaders and their team members can handle conflict, improve their communications, and learn when to take a step back instead of blowing up or burning out. She also shares more about how times of tension can encourage leaders to embrace their own resilience....info_outline 63 Embracing Connections, Collaboration, and Even Competition with Thom Singer
You probably know the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. But what does it have to do with manufacturing? A lot, according to this podcast with public speaker In this episode, Thom talks about the many ways manufacturing leaders and business owners can use empathy to build better relationships, foster collaboration, and ensure their current and former employee speak positively of them. He also shares some ways leaders can turn their employees into their company’s best ambassadors by promoting growth opportunities, encouraging connections, and embracing competition....info_outline 62 Find Your Wisdom and Vision with W. Kevin Ward
Sometimes, a chance meeting leads to great conversations! After having a random breakfast with W. Kevin Ward of WKW Consulting Services, I knew I had to have him on the podcast to talk about how he helps others seek wisdom and reach their greatest potential. In this episode, he shares his steps for getting off “autopilot” and intentionally seeking wisdom. He also talks about why leaders should have a vision and core values, and how manufacturing industry leaders can improve results and morale by strengthening and communicating their vision and goals. 2:07 – To seek wisdom, start off by...info_outline 61 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P2 with John Raymer
Welcome to part two with John Raymer, a long-time manufacturing leader who now helps others revitalize themselves and their careers. Last time, John introduced his idea about the four fundamental characteristics of great leaders and focused on the importance of humility. In this episode, he talks about the other key characteristics—integrity, empathy, and challenge—and how leaders can grow and improve these characteristics to create efficiency, improve communications and morale, and act as an inspiration to their team. 1:00 – Integrity is vital to being a sought-after leader 1:11 – If...info_outline 60 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P1 with John Raymer
People see who are you—even if you don’t! This is one of the favorite messages of John Raymer, a longtime manufacturing leader and this episode’s podcast guest. With a background at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, John now helps others revitalize themselves and their manufacturing careers through coaching, mentoring, and teaching. In the first section of this two-part podcast about the fundamental characteristics of great leaders, John shares how people learn everything, both good and bad, from their organization’s leaders—and how practicing humility can help leaders own their mistakes,...info_outline 59 Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Manufacturing with Nicole Provonchee
Even in the midst of the ongoing worker shortages, women in manufacturing are a massively untapped market. In fact, women only make a small percentage of the manufacturing workforce due to challenges like a lack of flexibility, barriers to leadership positions, and systemic cultural issues. In this episode, executive coach Nicole Provonchee from Bright Blue Consulting discusses some of the common barriers that women and other minorities often face in manufacturing environments, plus shares how people in leadership roles can change their practices and mindset to help cultivate female...info_outline 58 Giving Back: The Key to Retention and Accountability with Jon Finch
What’s the secret to retaining talent and promoting a healthy company culture? According to Jon Finch, the senior Vice President of Milwaukee Tool, it’s all about giving back! In this episode, Jon talks about creating (and sustaining!) a culture of productivity and accountability through building company values, delivering on a mission, and gifting employees with opportunities to give back to their community. 00:52 – Talent is currently changing faster than we can put together policies, programs, or infrastructures 1:40 – With the total amount of human beings in North American in...info_outline 57 Emotions-Reasons For Behaviour Not Excuses with Sara Westrook
Is it ok that we totally lose it on occasion? Hey, my emotions got the best of me, it happens right? No, that is an excuse, and we brought in an expert and friend Sara Westrook to ask some questions go deep quickly on how to turn those excuses around, own your behaviour, and what you can do to get there! 1:15 – Emotions are a skill 1:45 – Leave your emotions at the door like a backpack, NO they are still coming in with you, so how do you move with and through them in a healthy way 3:02 – Do not want to make an emotionally based decision, can lead to regret 4:15 –...info_outline 56 Building Bridges and Leading From Behind with LaVerne Roberts
What happens when you put others first, work hard, and become a bridge builder? A legacy is formed, and we are privleged to go deep with LaVerne Roberts as she reveals what it took to become a Director of Operations in a traditional male dominated role. Paving the way to a better future for manufacturing, LaVerne lights up a room and listening to her wisdom leaves you wanting more. Her authentic, caring, fun, attitude backed with decades of success made her a must guest on the podcast. Enjoy this episode and let us know what you think! 1:45 – 45 years,...info_outline
2:24 How do you mentor? How do you walk into situations under the gun?
2:57 Thoughtful and respectful of what is going on, and bringing sense of calmness, understanding and listening.
3:40 Benchmark of what performance should be and measure the performance, listen to how the company got to where they are is just as important.
5:09 Being calm and provide clarity to situation and how to work our way out of situation.
5:59 Walking in with a sense of listening to understand and rational what is going on, with standard of expectation off data.
7:03 Temperatures do get high particularly when put in by client, supplier has more anxiety.
7:28 Why 3rd party put in by OEM to understand actual risk and help figure out our way out.
11:25 Tornado ripped through plant and ripped the roof off, but we still needed to build parts.
11:59 We are there to help and not criticize, use helpful approach and getting thing calm and cool to temperature, rolling our sleeves up to help and not using a hammer.
15:16 What do we know for sure? Let’s ground each other.
15:32 Can you trust someone that does not care about you? How do you build that trust?
22:25 Rebuild relationship and trust between client and supplier.
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