49 Staying out of Judgement Mode, Pt 2 with Michael Forhan
Release Date: 10/06/2021
As manufacturing becomes more reliant on machines, automation, and other emerging forms of technology, human leadership is more important than ever. To learn more about the best practices for leadership in a technology-driven world, I brought in “tech humanist” and technology expert Kate O’Neil. As the founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate helps organizations create meaningful strategies for balancing human experiences and the tech-driven future. In this podcast, she shares some of her favorite tips for how manufacturing leaders can find the brightest possible futures for themselves and...info_outline 73 Six Steps to "Think and Grow Rich" with Ann McNeill
In his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill breaks down six steps leaders can take to increase their wealth and success. After reading his book, I knew I had to talk to someone who could take his classic advice and turn it into lessons for modern manufacturing leaders—and I knew Ann McNeill would be just the person! Ann is the president of MCO Construction Services and MCO Consulting, and the founder of the National Association of Black Women in Construction. She’s also an accomplished public speaker and the founder of the International Mastermind Association, which helps...info_outline 72 Reaching From the Heart: Stories for Improving Diversity and Inclusion with guest Reggie Davis
When it comes to improving diversity and inclusion in your manufacturing workplace, it’s not always an easy road! Creating a more diverse environment can mean having difficult conversations—with yourself and others—about issues like unconscious bias, unintentional divides, and how employees with different views can support each other. Luckily, Reggie Davis is here to help! Reggie is the founder and CEO of Uplift Coaching and Consulting, where he helps organizations improve equity and promote unity. In this powerful and candid podcast, he breaks down some of the common diversity issues...info_outline 71 Bringing Brain Power to the Manufacturing Floor with Dr. John B. Molidor
In manufacturing, so much revolves around our brains. How we use our brain (and how well we take care of it!) can have a huge impact on many factors on the manufacturing floor, from how we communicate with our teams to how we budget our time. To gain a better understanding of the brain’s role in leadership, I welcomed Dr. John B. Molidor onto the podcast! Dr. John is the CEO and president of the Brain Based Leadership Institute and professor emeritus at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. In this episode, he shares some key details about brain structure and why people...info_outline 70 Say No to “Stuff” and Other Secrets from Improving Your Speaking with Patricia Fripp
Stuff, things, literally, simply . . . how often do you use these words when communicating with your team? “Naughty words” like these might be popping up in your speaking more often than you think, as I quickly learned during this week’s podcast with Patricia Fripp! As an executive speech coach, Hall of Fame keynote speaker, and the first female president of the National Speakers Association, Patricia knows all the secrets for how manufacturing leaders can improve their speaking skills and find the magic words for inspiring action, creating well-crafted communications, and showcasing the...info_outline 69 Your Power- Collaboration, The Why, How, and When with Michael Neuendorff
With the rise of artificial intelligence and new types of technology coming out every year, the manufacturing industry could be on the verge of some big changes—and the technology hub of San Francisco could be at the center of it all. That’s why I’m so excited to have my friend and San Francisco-based executive coach Michael Neuendorff on this week’s podcast. Michael is the president of Bay Area Executive Coach, and brings some great insights on how manufacturing industry leaders can learn from others, improve their collaborative mindsets, and ask the right questions for reaching...info_outline 68 Your Employees Aren't Batteries: Growing Your Mindset to Show People They Matter with Josh Levin
At Empowered Electric in Kanas City, Missouri, it’s all about people! That’s why I was so excited to welcome Empowered Electric CEO Josh Levin onto the podcast to talk about all the unique and amazing ways he puts his people over profit. In this high-energy conversation, Josh talks about how leaders in the construction industry and beyond can practice accountability, harness their passion, and focus on their organization’s culture to create an environment that encourages their team to show up. 0:37 – In some organizations, people are treated like batteries, which can be easily used and...info_outline 67 Growing Employees into Family: 3 Tips for Using Connection and Empathy, P2 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux
Welcome to part two of my podcast with my father Ziggy Blondeel and his long-term team member Ronny Ledoux, who are sharing the stories and secrets they’ve learned over the many years they’ve worked together at Ziggy’s business, Blondeel Nursery. In this continuation of their conversation, Ronny and Ziggy talk more about they’ve built and maintained a successful connection, plus share how leaders across all industries can use trust and respect to create positive, productive workplaces where employees want to do their best possible work. 2:05 – When an issue arises, approach it with...info_outline 66 Over 40 Years of Lessons and Connections, P1 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux
A great working relationship can last a lifetime! Just ask my father Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux, the guests of this week’s podcast. Ronny has been an employee with Ziggy’s nursery business for over 40 years, and the two of them came onto the podcast to share the lessons they’ve learned together about handling conflict, building respect, and creating long-lasting connections. 2:30 – What can leaders do to retain their employees for a long time? 3:25 – Respect plays a big role in building strong relationships 4:30 – In times of disagreement, look for common ground 8:40 –...info_outline 65 How Leaders Make Employees Their Family with Paul Younes
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
2:55 At Crossover we would not tell you what to do unless we are willing to do it ourselves.
3:32 We are always learning and don’t have all the answers but have enough to get started.
3:53 Holding people accountable is all part of the right outcome.
4:12 "How the heck did they get here?" "What’s so wrong that here’s where we’re at?" "Why did the emotion of a situation get so elevated?"
5:39 Make sure we protect the customer and support the employees of that organization.
7:14 Often times we are not given all the tools to be successful at the start, but find the best way to support.
12:52 We look for a way forward that is meaningful for everyone involved.
15:12 The experience and bandwidth to lend that type of help that is truly required. Something Crossover can support with speed and precision.
16:57 It’s not necessary to say you know how you are going to help me; "it's why you think you can help me."
18:51 First step is somebody realizing and recognizing that they potentially need help, this is a huge step and it takes courage.
25:11 Authentic self and how you show up today is extremely important.
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