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56 Building Bridges and Leading From Behind with LaVerne Roberts

Mindfulness Manufacturing

Release Date: 01/12/2022

64 Growing Your 64 Growing Your "Rubber Band Resilience" with Kathy Parry

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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....

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63 Embracing Connections, Collaboration, and Even Competition with Thom Singer show art 63 Embracing Connections, Collaboration, and Even Competition with Thom Singer

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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....

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62 Find Your Wisdom and Vision with W. Kevin Ward show art 62 Find Your Wisdom and Vision with W. Kevin Ward

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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...

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61 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P2 with John Raymer show art 61 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P2 with John Raymer

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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...

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60 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P1 with John Raymer show art 60 Show Your Team Who You Really Are, P1 with John Raymer

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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,...

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59 Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Manufacturing with Nicole Provonchee show art 59 Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Manufacturing with Nicole Provonchee

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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...

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58 Giving Back: The Key to Retention and Accountability with Jon Finch show art 58 Giving Back: The Key to Retention and Accountability with Jon Finch

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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...

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57 Emotions-Reasons For Behaviour Not Excuses with Sara Westrook show art 57 Emotions-Reasons For Behaviour Not Excuses with Sara Westrook

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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 –...

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56 Building Bridges and Leading From Behind with LaVerne Roberts show art 56 Building Bridges and Leading From Behind with LaVerne Roberts

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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,...

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55 Bottle up or blow up - Corrigan Electric on creating conversations with Troy Corrigan show art 55 Bottle up or blow up - Corrigan Electric on creating conversations with Troy Corrigan

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Not all family businesses successfully transition from one generation to the next, so what is the difference maker?  Troy Corrigan joins us discussing how he and his brother Shawn had to make personal adjustments to find success through the team, and why being tied to something bigger than your own independent business is key!   1:45 – IEC, Independent Electrical Contractors Association, you need to step up and support   3:20 – the foundation of Corrigan Electric and how it all started, from college to the 4-year apprenticeship program, and decided to get involved in IEC...

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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, research, and development success to director of operations, why??  

3:20 – building a network, not even realizing I was doing it, relationships

 

5:05 – any doubts came from within, Vice President support and getting surrounded by great people

 

7:00 – you must work hard, learning the fundamentals not so much the leadership skill, like going to school

 

8:05 – not asking for help, self imposter syndrome(for more science on this, check out Adam Grant's book Think Again)

 

10:00 – self-doubt more common, men verses woman may be different

 

12:00 – one on one coaching, identified my leadership style flexes from leading from behind and leading at the front

 

13:00 –leading from behind suggesting to the team, supporting them

 

13:55 – in the beginning, you may need to lead from the front, create the vision, help the team see what we wanted to look like

 

15:30 – Jim Collins, Good to Great, I or we, how LaVerne allows the team to take direction

 

16:30 – do more with the kernel, how it is received, will determine the next steps

 

17:54 – husband Scott says LaVerne is a bridge builder, not for LaVerne, for the excitement of what is going to happen when the connection is made

 

19:10 – when people can see you are not in it for yourself, people ask more questions about you

 

20:20 – finding the sweet spot-on building trust, finding the common ground, something we connect with

 

21:55 – you also must be a good listener, you can with enough ambition and desire achieve great things, and chart your journey, we are a lot stronger and smarter than we think