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

Mindfulness Manufacturing

Release Date: 02/09/2022

68 Your Employees Aren't Batteries: Growing Your Mindset to Show People They Matter with Josh Levin show art 68 Your Employees Aren't Batteries: Growing Your Mindset to Show People They Matter with Josh Levin

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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...

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67 Growing Employees into Family: 3 Tips for Using Connection and Empathy, P2 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux show art 67 Growing Employees into Family: 3 Tips for Using Connection and Empathy, P2 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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...

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66 Over 40 Years of Lessons and Connections, P1 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux show art 66 Over 40 Years of Lessons and Connections, P1 with Ziggy Blondeel and Ronny Ledoux

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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 –...

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65 How Leaders Make Employees Their Family with Paul Younes show art 65 How Leaders Make Employees Their Family with Paul Younes

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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...

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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

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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 The Four Characteristics of Great Leaders, P2 with John Raymer show art 61 The Four Characteristics of Great Leaders, P2 with John Raymer

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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

Mindfulness Manufacturing

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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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 decline, it’s time to think about new ways of finding talent 2:12 – There is a lot of pressure on retention and engagement strategies, plus compensation philosophy

7:09 – Get people rallied around a purpose, value, and mission

8:57 – Every business has a “why” statement and something that really matters to them

9:37 – Test and try your ideas and know that it won’t be perfect the first time

10:15 – Values are particularly important to Gen Z Employees

13:32 – Find a way to give people who are connected and interested a way to help give back

14:36 – People like to be associated with organizations with positive values

17:41 – Give your employees and leadership a chance to connect to something that really matters

18:59 – Employees who feel like they’ve had a chance to give back will provide additionally efforts and have greater engagement

19:24 – By treating employees holistically, we see great thing happen and that’s why flexibility and perspective are so important

20:29 – When you give to others, it grows your own mindset

22:45 – It’s all about delivering stories that everyone wants to be a part of

26:04 – The team that you have at the beginning of the process is a good indicator of how the entire organization will look

27:04 – You can’t figure out a company’s culture just from an interview

29:12 – It’s important for employees to search for accountability

32:37 – Through engagement, you’ll see value

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