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Mindfulness Manufacturing

Our show is about providing listeners with real stories that come from a place of experience, transparency, and authenticity. Most importantly it’s about what we learn from these stories and applying Mindfulness in our everyday work and personal lives. Our intention is to create an environment where people can learn through open honest discussions on how we apply Mindfulness. Although our experiences and stories come from time in a manufacturing environment hence the title “Mindfulness Manufacturing”, we still see our discussions and topics relatable to any organization or profession.


117 You Can’t Proceduralize Everything! With Jake Mazulewicz
When a mistake occurs on the plant floor, your mind might jump to one question: who caused this issue, and should I write them up for their mistake? But there’s a more productive approach you could be taking—and in this episode of Mindfulness Manufacturing, guest Dr. Jake Mazulewicz breaks it all down! With a background as a firefighter, EMT, and military paratrooper, Jake knows the challenges of high-hazard industries, and works with organizations to reduce errors and create safer, more reliable workplace environments. In this episode, Jake shares why you can’t procedularize everything, including the way you handle errors and accidents, and offers great insights and stories about how to use connection and curiosity to improve safety, address errors, and strengthen your organization. 3:35 – Procedures and policies are the work that is imagined, and on the floor is how the work actually gets done 4:19 – The work as-done is almost always radically different than the work as-imagined 5:20 – Even when you have standards and people show up wanting to do a good job, you can still see issues that need to be addressed 6:44 – There will always be areas that absolutely need to have procedures in place 8:02 – There are also adaptive jobs, which leans less into procedures and more intro troubleshooting and tacit human knowledge 10:56 - In an ideal environment, both mechanistic and adaptive models are used and respected and needed 12:11 – There are four levels, ranging from strict procedurals to looser guidelines that show what to do, but not how to do it 15:36 – Tacit knowledge gets shared through conversations 16:22 – A way to share important information is to have frontline experts record videos sharing their insights to problems, especially those that are not covered in procedures 19:44 – Through conversation and connection, more knowledge is shared 21:58 – Debriefing also plays a central role 23:45 – If you have strong discipline, you’ll find more freedom 25:31 – In most situations, errors are signals, not defects 27:07 – When an error occurs, be curious and find the deeper cause of the problem Connect with Jake Mazulewicz Find him on Linkedin Visit his website
30:19 5/15/24
116 Lessons for Navigating a Crisis with Confidence with Dave Sanderson
In 2009, total engine loss forced US Airways Flight 1549 to make an emergency crash landing in New York City’s Hudson River—and thanks to the quick actions of the pilot, flight crew, and passengers, all 155 people on board made it safely off the plane. Now known as “the miracle on the Hudson,” this harrowing incident offers up important lessons on staying calm under pressure, coping with traumatic challenges, and making every moment count. To learn more, let’s hear from a Flight 1549 survivor! Dave Sanderson is a nationally recognized leadership speaker and bestselling author, who draws from his inspirational story of survival to encourage others to do the right thing and find healthy ways to cope with their own struggles and adversity. In this episode of Mindfulness Manufacturing, Dave shares his own Miracle on the Hudson story, and offers powerful insights he learned from being the last passenger off Flight 1549! 2:18 – Dave shares his Flight 1549 story 8:11 – In times of conflict, whether it’s a plane crash or issue on the manufacturing floor, calmness and confidence play key roles 9:05 – To get through challenging situations, you need to manage your own mindset 10:05 – You don’t need to know everything to handle a crisis, but you have to be able to lead yourself first 11:09 – Every moment in your life happens for a reason 13:38 – How to react to and cope with a challenging situation depends on the meaning you attach to it 14:22 – By reframing the meaning you attach to a situation, you can find healthy and productive ways to react and grow 15:33 – Everyone assigns different meanings to different challenges, so it’s important to approach others with curiosity instead of judgement 17:56 – To truly understand others, you need be curious and have authentic interactions 21:52 – To feel included in an organization’s mission, people need and want certainty, variety, connection, significance, growth, and the ability to contribute   24:48 – As a leader, it’s up to you to find creative solutions and create opportunity from challenges 28:57 – If you get casual, it can lead to safety issues, accidents, and other serious problems for your organization Connect with Dave Sanderson Check out his website and download a free copy of his Moments Matter Magazine Connect on LinkedIn to see new blog content  
31:49 5/1/24
115 Put Your Core Values Into Action with Adam Hill
In many manufacturing organizations, company values can be seen in plaques on the walls, but don’t show up in the behavior and language used on the shop floor. How can we get core values off the walls and into action? Find out in this episode with guest Adam Hill! Adam is the nine-figure CEO of a 4th generation family business, as well as a keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the top-rated podcast Flow Over Fear. Throughout his work, he helps leaders and other high achievers rise above fear and realize their ultimate potential in leadership and life. In this episode, Adam shares why core values are so important to organizations—and why holding tight to outdated ideals can cause restriction instead of growth, plus offers insights and lessons leaders can use to make sure their core values are showing up in their culture and behavior. 4:13 – Core values should serve as a driving force, but can sometimes become restrictive 6:26 – In some cases, holding onto an old or legacy core value can actually hold back your organization 8:15 – If your organization is struggling or plateaued, look toward your core values and address what ideals need to stay and which ones can be changed or removed 9:24 – Culture and strategy are very similar, but can’t be treated as the same 10:51 – As culture shifts, you might have to shift your behavior while still staying true to your core values 13:06 – If you want change, you need to create a culture where people feel empowered to speak up 14:19 – If people in your organization don’t feel comfortable speaking up, it can lead to unsafe environments 16:29 – Healthy conflict is often necessary when discussing which core values to keep or get rid of, especially in family or legacy companies 21:50 – The strongest core values are the ones that can grow and evolve with your organization 24:00 – Great results can arise from challenging conversations Connect with Adam Hill Visit his website Listen to his Flow Over Fear podcast
27:25 4/17/24
114 How to Use Positivity to Improve Connection with Jon Gordon
If you want to improve safety, quality, productivity, and results, the first step is looking toward improving connection. With more mindfulness and connection, your entire organization can thrive—and in this episode, guest Jon Gordon is here to show you exactly how you can improve connection and fight disconnect in your organization! Jon is one of the top three leadership speakers in the world, and his talks on mindset and leadership have inspired hundreds of individuals and organizations. He is also the bestselling author of 28 books, including one of my favorites, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. In this episode, Jon delves deeper into some of the insights in The Energy Bus to share how leaders can use positivity and connection to improve results and combat difficult situations. 3:31 – You are always going to have to deal with negative people, or energy vampires, but overcoming them is a key part of your journey to connection 4:40 – Every negative person is a test for you to find your own power and resiliency 6:40 – We are meant to be connected, which is why disconnect and isolation leads to anxiety and other mental health issues 7:55 – The more united and connected you are, the stronger you’ll be as a team 10:10 – If you only focus on the results instead of the process, it can lead to disconnect and other negative outcomes 11:15 – Feed yourself with words of positivity and encouragement instead of listening to negative self-talk 12:30 – Understand the wound behind your negative thoughts, so you can find a way to speak truth to them 13:49 – By embracing opportunities to heal and grow, you become a stronger leader for your team 16:25 – A positive team starts with positive leadership 18:03 – Understanding the dynamics of your team can help you find ways to improve connection 20:23 – You need both love and accountability 22:48 – There will always been the need for difficult conversations, so find a way to deal with them and make them less difficult for you and your team 24:49 – You can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time Connect with Jon Gordon Visit his website Learn More about The Energy Bus and his other books Read my previous book report on The Energy Bus Connect on LinkedIn and social media Hear Jon's podcast with Alan Mullally
28:08 4/3/24
113 Finding New Perspectives Through Emotional Intelligence with Karine Leblanc
“I’m great in my role and have valuable information to share . . . so why doesn’t anyone want to work with me?” If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, this podcast with guest Karine Leblanc is for you! Karine Leblanc is a bestselling author and international public speaker who uses her unique engineering background to help technical professionals bridge the bridge between technical brilliance and human connection. In this episode, Karine shares her personal story of discovering the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, 4:10 – In any role, there is much more to do that simply learn the technical role of your job 5:00 – By having a mentor or someone else you trust in your organization, you can gain valuable feedback and insights 6:18 – To better yourself through feedback, you need to be ready to hear feedback and make it clear to your team that you’re open to listening to them 8:30 – When you work on yourself and improve your self-awareness, it can have a positive impact on all levels of your information, including your relationships with clients 9:45 – Emotional intelligence is not about being happy all the time, but learning to be self-aware of your own emotions and behaviors 10:42 – Through being intentional conversations with your team, you can still find productive outcomes and dynamics even when you’re not at your emotional best 11:51 – Have the courage to be vulnerable 15:05 – By being self-aware and intentional, you can learn your own behavioral signals and find the best ways to navigate challenging situations 16:18 – Using emotional intelligence, you can also learn other people’s behavioral signals and triggers, and find the best way to communicate with them 18:12 – If you’re stuck, all you need is a fresh perspective 19:09 – To find new perspectives and feedback, take a pause and zoom out 21:23 – Through simple and honest dialogue, you can improve safety and find more productive results 22:37 – When you combine technical skills with human skills, magic happens Connect with Karine Leblanc Visit her website Connect on LinkedIn  
31:28 3/20/24
112 Hope is Not a Strategy with Shawn Rhodes
There’s a four-letter word you should avoid on the manufacturing floor . . . and it’s not the one you think! In this episode, hear from guest Shawn Rhodes on why hope is the four-letter word you should remove from your processes. With a background as a war correspondent, Shawn knows firsthand how environments can quickly change, and now serves as a speaker, author, and international expert helping others learn how to pivot when change enters their plans. In this episode, Shawn discusses why hope shouldn’t be part of your strategy on the manufacturing floor, and pulls from his unique background to share actionable ways to replace hope in your organization and operations. 2:58 – If you rely on hope and wait for your environment to change, it can spell failure 3:15 – Identify where you’re using hope in your plans, then replace it with something else 5:08 – As a leader, replacing hope starts with changing your mindset 6:03 – To replace hope, identify areas where issues could occur, then work to address the issues 8:50 – By making small changes, you can eliminate bigger issues and free up more time and resources for yourself and your team 11:18 – By changing your mindset to remove hope, you will also create a positive standard for your team and organization 13:51 – Take time to monitor your environment and assesses what is and isn’t working 15:07 – Set objectives and figure out what you need to do to reach them 18:40 – As a leader, your biggest concern should be living up to your potential and fully showing up in how you serve 21:05 – Replace hope with systems and processes 21:53 – Take ownership and think about what you could do differently as a leader and how you can put those changes into action 25:16 – Have the courage to take a pause or briefly shut down operations, and it will save major time and stress down the line 27:30 – If you put in the work to replace hope and improve your leadership, success will find you Connect with Shawn Rhodes Find him on LinkedIn Learn more about Shawn’s book Pivot Point
31:10 3/6/24
111 How to Become a Self-Awareness Champion with Zovig Garboushian
Do you want to improve relationships at your organization and change the way you show up for your team? It all starts with self-awareness . . . and in this episode, guest Zovig Garboushian is here to show you the tips you need to become a self-awareness champion! With years of experience in brand marketing, management consulting, and leadership development, Zovig now puts her passion and experience to use at Boldness Ablaze, a boutique professional firm that helps leaders overcome personal limitations and find authentic success. In this episode, Zovig delves into the important topic of self-awareness and shares her favorite tips on how leaders can use skills like curiosity and compassion to grow their self-awareness, form healthier connections, and find the life they want to have. 2:30 – Self-awareness is the key to having the kind of life you want to have 2:50 – It is also about the ongoing and evolving relationship you have with yourself 7:20 – Through self-awareness, you develop the ability to notice and change when something in your life feels incongruent with what you want for yourself 8:40 – The more we connect to ourselves, the more we behave in our natural ways 9:12 – Our essence is our unique way of showing up and adding value to the world 11:24 – Self-awareness also requires you to attend to yourself and practice self-care 13:25 – One way to practice self-awareness is to take small moments throughout your day to pause and reflect on how you want to show up 16:43 – Another self-awareness tip is to observe yourself, your behavior, and your interactions and reactions 18:40 – By staying self-aware and reflecting on your own behavior, you can improve your relationships with others in your organization 19:48 – Showing up with self-awareness takes courage 20:18 – Everything we do for others begins with ourselves 20:35 – Self-awareness includes curiosity, compassion, and acceptance for ourselves 22:05 – You’re never going to treat someone else better than how you treat yourself 24:26 – You deserve to take time for yourself Connect with Zovig Garboushian Visit her website Email Connect on LinkedIn
27:03 2/21/24
110 Passion, Purpose, and Perseverance: An Entrepreneur’s Recipe for Success
What are the 3 P’s of success? Grab a cup of your favorite tea and find out in this episode with Tonia Jahshan! Tonia is the founder of Canadian loose leaf tea company Sipology, which skyrocketed to great levels of success after Tonia pitched her business on Dragons’ Den, the Canadian version of Shark Tank. Today, Sipology is one of the fastest growing companies in North America, and Tonia is one of the top entrepreneurs in Canada. In this episode, Tonia gives a behind-the-scenes look at her experience on Dragons’ Den and shares why passion, purpose, and perseverance are the three ingredients you need to find your own great success. 2:18 – Tonia shares stories from her experience on Dragons’ Den 8:49 – When pitching a new idea, do your homework and know your audience 9:18 – Be transparent and show you truly care about your product or process 10:18 – Strong and long-lasting partnerships often start with a personal connection 12:04 – To drive change, you have to show up with passion 12:27 – The three P’s of success are passion, purpose, and perseverance 13:26 – If you’re not showing up with passion, others in your organization will feel it as well 16:24 – By setting boundaries and taking care of your own mental health, you can improve your mindset and how you positively show up for your team 18:52 – On the journey to success, you’re not alone and it’s okay to rely on your team and others in your life and organization 19:28 – If you’re not passionate about w hat you’re doing or feel like you’re lost your purpose, reconsider and rework Connect with Tonia Jahshan Learn more about Sipology Connect with Tonia on Instagram or LinkedIn Visit Tonia’s website    
25:00 2/7/24
109 An Endurance Athlete's Lessons for the Manufacturing Floor with Steven Pivnik
What does manufacturing leadership have in common with running marathons or climbing mountains? Learn the answer in this episode with guest Steven Pivnik! Steven is an entrepreneur, author, and international speaker, who took his company Binary Tree to great success during his time as CEO. He is also an endurance athlete who has reached the summit of mountains like Kilimanjaro and competed in the grueling Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In his soon-to-be-released book Built to Finish: How to Go the Distance in Business and Life, Steven shares his stories about finding success in both entrepreneurship and endurance sports. In this episode, he delves into a few insights from his book, plus shares lessons on endurance, shortcuts, and connections that you can use to find more successful outcomes, whether you’re on the manufacturing floor or getting ready for your next athletic adventure! 2:19 - There are actually many tie-ins between endurance sports and entrepreneurship 6:11 – Avoid taking shortcuts, especially when it comes to tasks like hiring 6:55 – Shortcuts may feel good and lead to easy solutions, but they don’t always lead to long-term, sustainable outcomes 8:20 – Many people have the false notion that there is always time to do sometime twice, but there’s rarely time to do it right the first time 10:57 - If you rely on shortcuts, it can hurt you in the long-run 12:22 – Often, going slowly instead of rushing or using a shortcut leads to more positive outcomes and a greater chance of success 14:23 – When it comes to forming connections and having deeper conversations, it’s especially important to slow down and be intentional about your behavior and mindset 14:50 – In relationships, quantity supersedes quality 16:50 – Stronger connections come from building true relationships through work 18:43 – When people have strong personal connections at work, they are more likely to show up and productively engage with their organization 21:20 – Forming stronger relationships takes work and patient, but the benefits can be very rewarding 22:43 – Everyone has stories and greatness, and you can discover opportunities for new connections by being open and willing to learn Connect with Steven Pivnik Visit his website Connect on LinkedIn Pre-order Built to Finish
26:45 1/24/24
108 Finding Your Infinite Influence with Alyson Van Hooser
From convincing a valued team member to stay with your organization to motivating an employee to level up their performance, you use influence everyday on the manufacturing floor. But what exactly is influence, and how can you more productive ways to influence others in your organization? Alyson Van Hooser has the answers! Alyson is a keynote speaker, leadership expert, and the author of Infinite Influence, which offers the keys to unlocking more productive relationships and outcomes. In this episode, Alyson uses personal stories and memorable anecdotes to show the importance of influence within teams and organizations, plus discusses how curiosity and intentionality can make a big difference in how you influence and communicate with others. 2:57 – There are many ways to influence people, from convincing them to stay on your team to influencing someone to level up their performance at work 3:19 – Change the way you think about everyone you know and recognize your ability to influence anyone, anywhere, at any time 4:27 – Influence is very different from manipulation 5:21 – You can’t motivate someone to do something they don’t want to do 14:52 – Instead of making assumptions, stay curious and think about what others need 17:25 – By making assumptions, you might not be meeting your team’s needs, if you are going in with good intentions 18:51 – You need a combination of good intentions and intentional actions 22:48 – Leading with biases and assumptions instead of curiosity and intentionality can lead to further disconnect in your organization 23:46 – You don’t need radical shifts to change your leadership. Instead, you can focus on small moments of building curiosity and intention 26:03 – To find the best way to communicate with someone, you need build a relationship and get to know their story 28:33 – Successful organizations are built through the support and investment of others Connect with Alyson Van Hooser Visit her website Connect on LinkedIn Learn More About Infinite Influence
31:00 1/10/24
107 Building Your Reset Mindset with Penny Zenker
In the busy and high-stress world of manufacturing, it can be hard to find your focus! What can you do to reset your focus and prioritize what matters most? Find out in this episode of Mindfulness Manufacturing with “Focusologist” Penny Zenker. Penny is as an international speaker, business strategy coach, and bestselling author who has been featured on NBC, Forbes, and more. She is also a leader expert in the psychology of productivity, and works with organizations to maximize results by eliminating perfectionism, distractions, and self-sabotage. In this episode, she shares her three-step process for building a reset mindset aligning yourself with what matters most to you, your team, and the productivity and culture of your organization. 3:46 – Focus always coming back to setting objectives and aligning your actions with those objectives 4:47 – To find your focus, you need to step back, get out of your daily cycle, and reset 5:29 – To engage in reset practice, you have to recognize the trigger for the reset moment and then take a step back to get perspective and realign 7:03 – The more you practice, the easier it is to build a reset mindset 7:53 – If you don’t give yourself permission to step back and reset, you increase the risk of errors that can hinder productivity and cause mistakes 8:53 – Taking small break is a way to relearn how to focus 9:30 – Another part of practicing a reset mindset is learning to recognize when something isn’t working, like getting rid of an unproductive meeting 11:39 – Stepping back can mean giving up control in some areas 12:14 – Being able to step back creates a culture with less bureaucracy and more trust and autonomy 13:59 – Sometimes we focus on the wrong areas, like focusing on micromanagement when it would be more productive to focus on fostering autonomy 16:30 – A reset mindset starts with creating reset moments for yourself 17:44 – Constantly look for ways to bring out the best in yourself and in others 18:22 – A reset mindset also requires curiosity and a willingness to adapt 21:24 – If one person in an organization can demonstrate a reset mindset, others will learn to do the same Connect with Penny Zenker Visit her website Check out her Take Back Time podcast
27:07 12/27/23
106 Using Humor to Bridge the Connection Gap with Tim Gard
Is humor the secret weapon for bridging the connection gap in your organization? Find out more in this episode featuring Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE. Tim is a Hall of Fame speaker and business coach who uses his own humor-infused presentations to help others use humor to improve productivity, create stronger connections, and bring more resilience and resourcefulness to their organizations. In this episode, Tim shares why humor can be a powerful tool for combating disconnect and communicating with your team, all while sharing some humorous stories of his own! 2:49 – When humor comes at the expense of others, it fuels disconnect 4:14 – Self-effacing humor is a strong skill in the workplace, but can be difficult to master 4:49 – There is a difference between understanding humor and being humorous yourself 5:35 – If you can find humor in a stressful situation, it can lead to moments of connection for you and your team 7:04 – By figuring out what is humorous to your team members, you can find ways to bridge the disconnection gap with humor 10:25 – When you can work hard and laugh hard with you team, you can find results 10:58 – If you’re not connecting with someone, you have to adapt to their communication style and figure out what’s important to them 12:01 – You also need to be aware of your behavior and how others might interpret it or react to it 12:47 – If you don’t connect with someone at first, don’t abandon the process 15:32 – By having your own good mood and positive mindset, you can convey that to your team 17:34 – Humor can also be used to convey safety messages in your organization 20:07 – By using humor, you can draw others to you and your team and can get better results 22:35 – Harnessing your own positive thoughts and feelings is a powerful tool for connection 25:08 – We can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we perceive and react Connect with Tim Gard Visit his website Learn more about Sticky Safety
27:50 12/13/23
105 A New Model for Positive Thinking with Dr. Paul Jenkins
Just think positive! We’re all heard this phrase before, but thinking positively can be easier said than done, especially if you’re dealing with a painful situation or difficult challenge. In this episode, guest Dr. Paul Jenkins is here to help you find a new approach for positive thinking. Dr. Paul is a professional psychologist who specializes in science and practice of positivity. He is also a coach, author, speaker, and “black belt in positivity” who creates models to help others find empowering new ways to view positivity. 2:39 – Positive thinking is more than a trite motivational phase 4:35 – The equipment of your mind is amazing at what it’s intended to do 5:55 – Your brain’s job is to keep things really efficient 6:44 – Metacognition is thinking on a higher level, or thinking about thinking 7:06 – Metacognition creates a space where choice exists 9:19 – You are constantly judging and evaluating, so you brain can work to keep you safe and to prove you right 13:59 – You can’t always get rid of a negative situation, but you can find a sense of relief and gratitude by comparing it to something worse 17:59 – If you assume something is bad or has no upsides, your brain will work to prove you right 18:40 – You can’t tell others to just be more positive, and others can’t do the same for you 20:03 – Toxic positivity is when you ignore the difficulty and act like everything is okay 22:37 – Creation mode is all about what is to be and what doesn’t exist yet 23:34 – When you imagine that worse things are coming, it leads to anxiety 25:15 – What we imagine is our brain’s blueprint for moving forward, even if what actually happens doesn’t perfectly match what you envisioned 27:25 – The two stages of thinking are evaluation and creation 28:48 – As a leader, you can help others create their own positive visions 30:01 – Come to peace with how things are, then work to upgrade your situation Connect with Dr. Paul Jenkins Visit his website Get your free positivity model here    
32:39 11/29/23
104 Leading with Intention, P2 with Jon Giganti
If you missed part one with guest Jon Giganti, be sure to listen to Episode 103 here. Jon Giganti is speaker, tech executive, and USA Today bestselling author. He is the author of With Intention, where he delves into how leaderships can use skills like agency, awareness, and ambition to find new success, take ownership of their past, and bring impactful change to their organizations. In this episode, Jon shares more lessons and insights about how leaders can use intentionality to form strong connections, find productive results, and serve their team in the authentic, impactful ways. 1:29 – Schedule white space or margins into your day to avoid overbooking yourself 3:29 – Quiet moments in your schedule give you a chance to rest your brain, body, and soul 8:06 – Setting aside time in your schedule is a way to invest in yourself and your future\ 10:00 – Scheduling margins also gives you time to form more productive connections within your organization 13:27 – When you have a lack of connection, you have a lack of engagement 13:40 – Let others see your authenticity 14:22 – By building trust and serving as your authentic self, you can work toward stronger results with your team 15:57 – You need self-awareness to find the best ways to improve and serve 17:27 – Get below the surface to know yourself, including your identities, beliefs, and values 20:20 – If you don’t deal with what’s in your head, it will impact your heart 22:26 – By building relationships, you can impact others and drive change 25:45 – Vulnerability is a superpower Connect with Jon Giganti Visit his website, where you can learn about his speaking, podcasts, and With Intention course Check out my book report of With Intention, then get your own copy
28:16 11/15/23
103 Leading With Intention, P1 with Jon Giganti
Do you find yourself starting the day with positive intentions, then leaving your manufacturing plant at the end of the day feeling like you didn’t actually accomplish any of your intentions? You might be struggling with “intention deficit disorder!” This is definitely something I’ve struggled with, but I felt much better after reading With Intention by speaker, tech executive, and USA Today bestselling author Jon Giganti. Jon is also a friend and professional speaking colleague, and after reading his fantastic book, I wanted to hear more of his thoughts on how we can all bring more intentionality to our leadership and organizations. That’s why I’m excited to have him as my guest for this special two-part episode of Mindfulness Manufacturing! In part one of my podcast with Jon, he shares some stories that lead to the lessons on intentionality he writes about in With Intention, and discusses why self-awareness, agency, and connections play a key role in practicing intentionality and improving results. 6:33 – To accomplish something, you need to show up, serve, and add value 7:08 – Intention is finding out what your priorities are, then living into it as much as possible 7:58 – Every day is a new day with opportunities to be intentional and make an impact 9:28 – In order to serve others, you have to serve yourself first by establishing a routine and setting yourself up for success 10:48 – To find sustainable results, you need to have self-awareness and self-intention 13:13 – You need to put yourself in the right position for success 14:08 – Your energy levels are not the same throughout the day, so being intentional about your time is important 15:44 – Journaling or writing down affirmations is one way to practice intentionality 16:34 – You should also set a core foundation yourself by working on your own standards and beliefs 18:30 – To accomplish what you want to accomplish, show up, and form habits 21:07 – If you want to be more intentional about how you lead or connect with others, start with curiosity, connection, and bridging disconnects 23:29 – To serve others on your team, act as a safe place to connect 24:00 – To get stronger results or find out what is driving a performance issue, stay curious and find ways to connect with your teams 24:39 – Trust also plays a large role in building connections and finding results 25:23 – Along with self-awareness, you also need agency and the ability to take ownership of your past, present, and future Tune in next episode to learn more about intentionality with Jon Giganti! Connect with Jon Giganti Visit his website, where you can learn about his speaking, podcasts, and With Intention course Check out my book report of With Intention, then get your own copy
28:05 11/1/23
102 Be a Witness: Why Seeing Others and Being Seen Is the Key to Building Relationships with Corban David Janai
Relationships play a key role in fostering curiosity, building connection, and combating disconnection. But how do we create strong, authentic relationships? To answer that question, I’m joined by guest Corban David Jenai. Corban is an entrepreneur, artist, world traveler, and father. He also currently serves as the Chief Hope Officer at HopeGuide, where he draws from his own PTSD diagnosis and healing journey to help others find the freedom and connection they need to recover from their trauma. In this episode, Corban shares why vulnerbility and intentionality are important for building strong relationships, discusses why "being a witness" to others is the key to building relationships, and shares some authentic stories from his own journey. 3:14 – Talking about ourselves and real aspects of our lives is a way to kick off strong connections 4:00 – Vulnerability is a path to connection 4:23 – By listening and getting to know others on your team, you build a sense of trust, which in turn leads to greater results on performance, quality, safety, and more 5:03 – To show others that you care, you have to actually care 6:36 – To build connections, think about what is important to you, and work with the assumption that others might have feelings similar to yours 8:23 – While modern society gives us the chance to connect with many people, we don’t always have the time or capacity to form meaningful connections with every person we encounter   10:15 – By connecting with smaller groups, we have the chance to be a witness to others, and they can be a witness to hear, see, and feel us as we are 11:06 – By investing in others at a deeper level, you can improve productivity and results 12:56 – Being vulnerable and open with your team allows them to see your humanity as a leader 14:38 – By looking at someone and actually seeing them, you can make a major difference, even if you don’t have a solution to their problems 16:51 – When people feel seen and heard, they are more likely to show up for you and your organization 20:06 – Even small moments of connection, like making eye contact, go a long way when forming connections 25:54 – Being a witness can help you show up better in all your relationships Connect with Corban David Janai Find Corban online at his website Learn More About HopeGuide here
27:23 10/18/23
101 Relationships, Realities, Results, and Authenticity: The Equation for Success with Kathy Miller
To make better decisions and increase the overall engagement in your organization or workplace, you need diversity of thought! This is why I’m always so excited to talk to women in manufacturing roles, like Kathy Miller! Kathy has held multiple executive roles in manufacturing, including roles at General Motors, Delphi Automotive Systems, and Rolls-Royce. She was also inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2021, and has written about her unique journey as a woman in manufacturing in her book Steel Toes and Stilettos. In this episode, Kathy shares more about her experiences and successes as a woman in manufacturing, and shares how both male and female leaders can build stronger connections, find more diverse results, and show up as their most authentic, empowered selves. 3:29 – Steel Toes and Stilettos is inspired by the different roles women play to be both their authentic, feminine selves and hold their own on a shop floor 4:21 – A successful journey in manufacturing requires soft skills, which can be harder to develop than people realize 5:19 – To make a significant cultural transformation stick in your organization, you need to make it feel like it belongs to the employees, and make them feel it with their hands and the hearts 8:23 – To get more women and their perspectives into manufacturing roles, it’s important to get women into manufacturing roles at a young age 9:12 – Inclusive environments get better business results 9:35 – Every person in your organization has a heart, a brain, and a set of hands, and you have to tap into all three 11:00 – By giving others an opportunity to contribute, you can find new and better results 13:50 – Kathy’s equation for successfully improving plants involves relationships, realities, results, and authenticity 14:45 – Every single relationship matters 16:37 – Face your realities and work on what’s in your control 17:27 – Focus on where you are and you’ll find results 18:09 – If you’re a man in manufacturing, work to amplify female voices 19:05 – Women in manufacturing can also advocate for their authentic selves Connect with Kathy Miller Connect with Kathy on Linkedin Learn more from Kathy and her coauthor Shannon Karels on their website Buy Steel Toes and Stilettos 
23:59 10/4/23
100 Win the Day: Stories and Tips for Finding Motivation and Results with Eric Berdan
“Are you winning?” This is one of my favorite questions to ask when I enter a manufacturing plant, and it’s always interesting to see the variety of responses. To learn more about how leaders and their teams can do more to “win the day,” I’m excited to welcome my friend and former neighbor Eric Berdan to the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast. After years of experience in manufacturing and running factories, Eric now works at the business optimization leader for Nestle North America. In this episode, he shares some great stories about what it takes to win in the manufacturing industry, plus shares tips on how to motivate your team and find productive results. 3:28 – Every person in your organization has a different definition of what it means to win 3:55 – By engaging your team in their daily activities and their goals, you’ll find stronger overall success 6:11 – You don’t have to be perfect, but you still need to win and set up a winning streak for yourself 7:19 – To achieve results, you need to break your paradigms, be willing to push through challenges, and find ways to motivate others 8:56 – Momentum always plays a key role 10:28 – Let you team work within their own frameworks and set goals that are attainable for them 14:10 – You can’t expect everyone to share your goals or reach the same expectations you personally set for yourself 17:54 – By being intentional about how you start your day, you can set yourself up for wins 22:23 – Sometimes, a strong winning streak can actually hurt productivity 24:59 – Understanding how you’re doing at work requires many different senses 27:38 – Discretionary effort adds to win and productivity 28:19 – The key to success is tapping into emotion and getting your team emotionally connected to a goal  
30:49 9/20/23
99 How To Be Relentlessly Helpful with Susan Baier
“What else can I do to help?” For Susan Baier, the founder and president of Audience Audit, this question changed the trajectory of her career when she received generous assistance as a recent college graduate. She now gives back through her work with Audience Audit, where she helps businesses grow their ROI through transformational thought leadership reputations and stronger marketing. In this episode, Susan joins me to share her story and insights about how leadership can shift their mindset and find ways to be “relentlessly helpful” in their organizations and lives. 2:08 – To be relentlessly helpful, ask other what else you can do to help them and think about what you can do to help the others around you or in your organization 3:44 – Shift your mindset to think about the ways you can have an impact on others 3:54 – We all know things that someone else doesn’t know 8:15 – The people with the greatest experiences and the most unique perspectives are often not sharing their information 8:40 – Being generous reaps huge rewards and builds goodwill 10:37 – Being relentlessly helpful can also be a way to break out of your own routine and make yourself feel better about your own role 12:36 – Some days may have more opportunities to be helpful than others, but there are always small gestures you can make or questions you can ask to support others 14:34 – Both overconfidence and a lack of confidence can impact the ability to be relentlessly helpful 14:54 – Organizations, not just individuals, can embrace a culture of relentless helpfulness 18:39 – Learning on the job is a critical component of advancement 19:45 – To understand what is helpful for others, you need to listen and communicate 20:33 – As you shift your mindset, you’ll grow your listening skills and find more way to be helpful 22:18 – We often dismiss our own knowledge and forget to think about how our knowledge can be important to someone else, even in a small way 23:34 – Just being open and available for conversation can help others Connect with Susan Baier Audience Audit website Contact Susan      
27:22 9/6/23
98 Write Your Own "Must-Read" with AJ Harper
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Do you want to grow your writing skills or find new ways to use words to inspire your team and grow your organization? If you’re ready to take the first steps toward writing a book, AJ Harper is here to help! AJ is an editor, publishing strategist, and former ghostwriter who now uses her skills to help others write transformational books, grow their leadership, and make a unique impact on the world. She shares her methods through workshops like her Top Three Books Workshop, and she is also the author of  Write a Must Read: Crafting a Book That Changes Lives—Including Your Own. In this podcast episode, AJ shares more about Write a Must Read and her experiences as a ghostwriter. She also shares some practical methods manufacturing leaders can use to grow their storytelling skills, whether they’re getting ready to write a book or simply looking for new ways to engage their teams. 1:03 – In a previous episode with Michael Port, we talked about speaking and growing your speaking skills to improve your impact in your organization. 2:39 – As a ghostwriter for bestselling books, AJ gained the experiences and insights she now uses to help others craft must-read books 5:01 – Like manufacturing, crafting a good book means developing strong systems and processes 5:30 – By having a strong and repeatable system, you can overcome challenges like self-doubt or your inner critic 6:28 – A key point of strong storytelling is remembering details 6:48 – To remember details you want to write down or share with your team, write them down in your phone or even record them for later 8:33 – Even if you have a very busy schedule, you can still find times in your day to write 9:17 – Writing doesn’t have to be daily and you don’t have to write a ton of words every day, as long as you find time to write on a regular basis that works for you and your schedule 10:42 – Other people may have already written ideas similar to yours, but the world still hasn’t heard it in your unique voice 11:43 – To connect with your audience, you need to put your reader first 13:35 – By using the reader first concept, you can also find better ways to connect and communicate with your team 14:50 – Even by just acknowledging an existing problem or condition, you can still motivate and support your team or audience 16:37 – Think about the hearts and minds of your audience and demographic 19:12 – Having a script is a way to prepare yourself before speaking, even if it’s just a few key points 20:42 – Instead of only focusing on your own objective, think about how you want to make others feel 21:35 – Don’t expect to be great at first Connect with AJ Harper Visit her website, where you can sign up for her newsletter with more writing tips Learn more in my review of Write a Must-Read
25:41 8/23/23
97 "Yes, And . . . " Speaking and Performance Tips for Engaging Your Team with Michael Port
What do manufacturing leaders have in common with performers? More than you think! In this episode, I’m joined by Michael Port, a bestselling author, former professional actor, and the founder of Heroic Public Speaking. Drawing from his experience as an actor and speaker, he joins me in this episode to talk about how leaders can improve their performance skills to heighten their impact, grow their role in their organization, and find the most effective ways to inform, persuade, and motivate their teams. 3:30 – Putting on a performance doesn’t necessarily mean showcasing a fake version of yourself, and performances can still be intentional and mindful 5:02: To change what other people do, consider what you make them think and how you make them feel 5:30 – You need to earn the privilege of influencing how others think 8:11 – To be a person who others want to help, you need to create value for them 10:48 – Success is not just about numbers and goalposts, but about growing every single member of your team 12:05 – To build a long-term, sustainable organization, it always comes back to being intentional and thinking about how your team feels and how you make them feel through your leadership and behavior 15:28 – As a leader or manager, you need to be careful and deliberate about what you say on a everyday basis, and think about how others might interpret your words 17:14 – Before starting a conversation, especially in a time of conflict, think about how the other person might react to your words, and what you can say to start an engaging dialogue without them feeling attacked or defensive 18:40 – To increase productivity and create a healthier workplace culture, you need to make your team feel like they’re in a safe environment 21:11 – You want to present you team with something that can get excited about, and show them something of value they’ll get out of it 22:41 – Along with showing your team members what they’ll get from your initiative, you also have to highlight the consequences of not doing it 23:59 – Most people don’t really hear you until you’re sick of saying the point you want me to hear 25:21 – To be a person who others want to help, you have to show others you can both make and fulfil commitments 29:55 – If you always shut down other’s ideas, they will eventually learn to stop coming to you 30:27 – To have productive conversations, you need to keep them moving Connect with Michael Port Heroic Public Speaking website Heroic Public Speaking Substack Follow @HeroicPublicSpeaking on social media  
34:04 8/9/23
96 How to Dress for Success and Authenticity with Morgan Wider
In episode 92, guest Sylvie di Guisto talked about the factors that go into creating a successful and memorable first impression. One of these factors is appearance, particularly the way we dress. To dig deeper, I’m excited to chat with today’s guest, Morgan Wider! Morgan is a personal style expert, speaker, and the founder of Wider Style, as well as the author of Worthy Wardrobe: Your Guide to Style, Shopping, & Soul. Drawing on her decade of leadership experience at major retail giants, she now uses her speaking, consulting, and styling to help others increase their performance through their image. In this podcast, she talks more about why clothing and appearance matters, and how leaders—especially women in male-dominated industries like manufacturing—can use clothes to present themselves in an authentic, appropriate, and self-honoring way. 2:42 – You only have seven seconds to make a strong first impression, and your appearance is typically one of first elements others notice about you 4:03 – By dressing as your authentic self, you also encourage your team to be themselves and show up in their own authentic ways 5:18 – Even if your role requires a uniform, there are still ways to show your own authentic personality and style, like through hair or makeup choices 6:20 – In male-dominated industries like manufacturing, women may feel like they need to blend in with their fashion choices, but this can also keep them from showing up as their most authentic selves 9:12 – In your clothing and appearance, you need to be both authentic and appropriate 10:33 – Make style choices that honor who you are and truly present who you are in the best way possible 11:33 – By being mindful of factors like your body type, age, strengths, and weakness, you can dress in a way that’s both appropriate for your role and honors who you are as an individual 12:24 – When you’re comfortable and happy with how you look, it improves your productivity and morale, plus makes you feel better and more confident 13:23 – By putting effort into your appearance, you can get yourself into the mindset you need 14:39 – Different audiences and occasions can mean different style choices 18:40 – If you don’t put in the effort, it can affect how others perceive you and how you show up 25:30 – As a leader, think about what you can do to create a space than honors diversity 26:58 – If find yourself in a space or role where you can’t be your authentic self, it might be time to consider if it’s the right space for you Connect with Morgan Wider Website More on her book, The Worthy Wardrobe
30:38 7/26/23
95 Bringing Magic to the Manufacturing Floor with Jon Petz
On the manufacturing floor, you might not see rabbits being pulled out of hats or people being miraculously levitated, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t everyday chances to create magical moments. To find out how leaders can create moments of magic, surprise, and delight on the manufacturing floor, I knew I had to go to the expert: Jon Petz, an entrepreneur, speaker, bestselling author, and magician! In this episode, he shares why workplaces need more everyday magic, plus shares insights on how leaders can use intentionality, creativity, and mindfulness to turn simple, everyday moments into important connections. 3:11 – In the workplace, magic is all about creating moments that make your team feel valued, support, and like they’re part of something special 4:24 – To create magic, be intentional, lean into organic moments, and create moments of surprise 5:15 – Don’t overlook the simple moments 6:31 – Magical moments play a big role in improving productivity and efficiency 10:58 – Purpose drives passion and helps your team find ways to truly engage instead of just getting up in their role 12:39 – You can’t always plan for moments of magic, but you can think about what your team needs to feel empowered and supported 15:05 – Deeper conversations drive results and solutions 16:06 – Take a genuine care in your team member’s outside of their role in your organization 17:17 – Jon’s book recommendation – Work Plus Love by Marcus Buckingham 18:01 – Take steps to truly appreciate and recognize your team 20:45 – You also need to pay attention to other’s mindsets and see what they need to feel valued or encouraged 21:36 – With title comes authority, but title does not always come with leadership Connect with Jon Petz Website Buy Significance in Simple Moments, now available in paperback  
23:31 7/12/23
94 Emotional Intelligence Lessons from an Irish Pub with Dr. Irvine Nugent
Why does communication break down and lead to conflict? Can we find a way to harness emotions for good, or are we always doomed to division and misunderstandings? As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, Dr. Irvine Nugent is no stranger to questions like these. Living in a time of great violence and turbulence has given him a unique perspective on emotions and body language, and he now uses his skills to help leaders understand and master their own emotions, discover the power of emotional intelligence, and transform their ability to engage with others. He is also the author of Lessons from the Pub, where he shares leadership lessons learned while growing up in a pub. I’m excited to have Dr. Irvine as my guest for this episode, where he shares more about emotional intelligence, body language, and how to use emotion to build more meaningful connections. 1:57 – How we present our emotions has a big impact on how we forge relationships, avoid conflict, and find more productive outcomes 5:04 – Before you can lead others, you need to lead yourself 6:59 – One tip for increasing your self-awareness is to take a one-minute pause before entering a room and give yourself time to process your emotions and get rid of any emotions you don’t want to bring into the room 7:57 – You can’t always make your emotions disappear, but you can manage and acknowledge them 8:16 – If you don’t give people the information they need, they’ll fill in the gaps themselves and are more likely to jump to conclusions about your emotions and behavior 9:43 – Emotions are contagious 11:32 – By taking the time to have quality interactions, you can find better outcomes and change the way you show up for your team 14:54 – Leaders need to know the truth, and that truth becomes data 17:57 – On a strong team, everyone holds each other accountable 19:17 – Anger, fear, disgust, contempt, surprise, happiness, and sadness are the seven universal emotions 20:20 – By learning to recognize facial expression and body language, you can understand when you need to ask more questions or start a deeper dialogue 25:15 – Even in times of violence and conflict, there are always reminders of humanity’s resilience and potential Connect with Dr. Irvine Nugent Website YouTube More about Leadership Lessons from the Pub
26:56 6/28/23
93 Saying No to Burnout with Nina Nesdoly
Do you find yourself dreading Mondays ? Are you constantly stressed out about falling behind or not living up to your team’s expectations? You might be dealing with burnout, an occupational phenomenon that arises from chronic workplace stress. To learn more about burnout and what you can do to prevent it, check out this episode with guest Nina Nesdoly. Nina has an academic background in both neuroscience and organizational behavior, and she uses her niche expertise to help other manage stress, prevent burnout, and promote health and resilience in their organizations. In this podcast, she combines scientific insights and practical tips to talk about the causes of burnout and what leaders can do to combat burnout in themselves and their organizations. 2:43 – Burnout is different from just feeling tired or overwhelmed at work, and there are three major characteristics that set it apart from regular feelings of stress 2:50 – The first symptom of burnout is physical exhaustion, including physical symptoms like headaches and muscle tension 3:13 – The second symptom is cynicism and depersonalization 4:20 – The third and most difficult to spot symptom is professional efficacy, or a feeling like you and your work are not good enough 6:01 – When you tried to compensate for feeling like you’re bad at your job or not meeting expectations, it can actually fed into the cycle of burnout 7:21 – The difference between stress and burnout is that stress is your body’s response to demands in your environment, while burnout is the consequences of chronic stress built up over time 8:46 – Over time, burnout can change your brain and make it harder to regulate your emotions and stress response 10:16 – To combat and prevent burnout, evaluate when you’re putting your energy and how you’re expending your energy 11:25 – Oftentimes, we are the ones putting unnecessary stress on ourselves 12:45 – When you’re feeling stressed, it’s important to connect with others, and there are even hormones in your body that will push you toward wanting to connect with people 14:25 – To say yes to some things, you have to say no to others 15:34 – By being intentional about when you say no, you can make sure you have the time and energy to say yes to the projects that really serve your organization 16:36 – Thinking about your goals is another way to combat burnout, as we can get stuck in the same stressful trajectory 17:30 – If you find yourself in a position that doesn’t align with your values or goals, have the courage to say reevaluate and say no 18:50 – You can practice saying no in low stakes situations 19:32 – You can also practice the 24-hour rule to give yourself more time to evaluate a situation before saying yes or no 21:30 – There are also alternatives to saying no, like telling someone you need to shift your priorities or that if you do one task, it means you won’t be able to get to another 22:54 – To combat burnout, you need to REST, or recognize, evaluate, say no, and take care of yourself 33:00 – You can’t focus on everything at once, so be intentional about how you use your time Connect with Nina Nesdoly Find her on Instagam and Tiktok @WorkplaceClarity Website LinkedIn  
32:44 6/14/23
92 The ABCs of a Great First Impression with Sylvie di Giusto
In an interaction with someone new, you only have about seven seconds to make a great first impression. What can you do to make every second count? Find out in this episode with guest Sylvie di Giusto! Sylvie is a consultant, author, and international keynote speaker, who uses her years of corporate experience to help other professionals use emotional intelligence and conscious decision-making to change their behavior and find the best outcomes. In this episode, Sylvie joins me for a conversation about first impressions, overcoming biases, and why behavior and communications play a big role in setting yourself up for great conversations and exciting connections. 3:19 – In the first seven seconds of a new conversation, we all make up to eleven major decisions about the other person 4:21 – We all have unconscious biases, which are built on our past experiences 4:33 – One of these is confirmation bias, which is when we search for something to show that our initial opinion about someone was correct 4:47 – Another is anchoring bias, where we cannot get rid of information or perceptions we already have 5:04 – Overall, there are around 185 biases that influence our decisions every single day 6:11 – To form stronger relationships and get rid of biases, take a step back from your own mindset and stay curious in conversations with others 7:39 – In a diverse industry like manufacturing, first impressions are particularly important, and you will have interactions with a wide variety of people, from clients to your team on the floor 8:37 – First impressions are also especially important for women in the manufacturing industry, since it’s a traditionally male-dominated industry 10:24 – Instead of letting your gender drive other’s first impression of you, make sure they see your experience, expertise, skills, confidence, and leadership 11:53 – Making a strong first impression comes down to five elements, or the ABCDEs of making a good impression 12:00 - A is for appearance, or the way you look, dress, and present yourself 13:21 – B stands for behavior, which includes factors like your attitude, your charisma, and your mindset and ethics 14:15 – C is for communication, and this also includes your listening skills 15:44 – While making a first impression, it’s important to always do your best, even if you make mistakes in those first seven seconds 17:30 – Your reputation is what people say behind your back, not what they say to your face 18:05 – Authenticity is a lie 18:58 - You can show up different ways in different roles, but you are still the same person throughout your day 20:10 – Your core values don’t change throughout your day, but you just deliver them differently in different situations, like when interacting with your children or with your team on the floor 21:21 – The first 11 words of a conversation play a huge role in creating a first impression, but many of us waste them on small talk 22:00 – In the ABCDEs of first impression, the D refers to how your digital footprint and how you present yourself in the digital space like social media 24:22 – E is for environment, or how factors like your office space, car, and family reflect on you 25:00 – By focusing on factors you can control, like your appearance, you can take the steps toward making a strong first impression and forging great connections Connect with Sylvie di Guisto Website Take the free Perception Audit Quiz Learn more about Sylvie’s new book, Discover Your Fair Advantage Reach you to Sylvie on social media and let her know you loved the podcast!
29:59 5/31/23
91 Connecting the Leadership Locomotive with Jason A. Hunt
If the front isn’t connected to the caboose, a train won’t stay on the rails for very long! The same idea applies to manufacturing: if top-level leadership isn’t connected to the shop floor, there’s bound to be miscommunications, productivity breakdowns, and more. What can leaders do to keep the leadership locomotive running smoothly? Find out in this episode with Jason A. Hunt. With a background in both education and manufacturing, Jason is full of great stories about why connection plays a critical role in problem-solving. He also shares his tips on how leaders can use skills like delegation to help their teams solve problems and develop their critical thinking. 3:17 – When you’re a leader, it’s all too easy to set out to solve one problem, then get distracted by another problem and forget to solve the first issue 4:53 – Many leaders believe they have to have the answer to every problem, and feel like always having the answers is part of their job or what makes them important as a leader 5:58 – By always solving problems, leaders may actually be taking away valuable opportunities for their team members to learn, grow, and develop their own problem-solving skills 7:33 – Delegating can mean the difference between losing three minutes or losing three hours 9:36 – When you ask people to solve their own problems, they may pushback or be upset at first, but it’s a valuable opportunity for them to learn how to think critically and come up with their own solutions 15:12 – Leadership is about far more than your title, your knowledge, and your ability to manage others 16:08 – If the front of a train is moving ahead without connecting with the other boxcars, it’s not going to get to its destination 18:15 – Instead of solely focusing on KPIs or getting your products out the door, think about what you can do to connect with your team and really develop your relationships 21:29 Turn This Ship Around by L. David Marquet is a good resource for leaders 23:23 – To build better connections, shift your mindset and spend more time thinking about how you can build relationships with others Connect with Jason A. Hunt Website Connect with Jason on LinkedIn My book review of Turn This Ship Around  
26:40 5/17/23
90 How to "SAVE" and Nurture Your Relationships with Sandy Gerber
In our personal and workplace relationships, we’ve all come across this frustration situation: you’re telling someone about a topic that’s important to you, but the other person just isn’t understanding what you’re saying. In her fantastic book Emotional Magnetism, my friend (and fellow Canadian!) Sandy Gerber breaks why this happens and shares what we can all do to overcome our own communication blocks. In this episode, I’m excited to have Sandy as my guest to talk about her personal stories behind Emotional Magnetism, as well as how to use her “SAVE” communication motivators to improve communications and nurture relationships on the manufacturing floor and beyond. 3:11 – To get your message across, you need to connect emotionally with the person you’re speaking to 4:39 – Oftentimes, we’re too busy listening to rely that we forget to listen to understand 5:00 – When someone is telling you a story or about an experience, let them finish what they have to say instead of responding with your own story 9:23 – SAVE is an acronym for the four emotional magnets, safety, achievement, value, and experience 11:58 – SAVE and emotional magnets can be used to improve personal relationships as well as professional relationships 12:42 – To understand another person’s emotional magnet, you may have to shift your mindset and think about the best way to communicate with them 16:35 – Once you understand someone’s emotional magnets, you can approach conversations and conflict with more empathy and curiosity, which helps form stronger, lasting connections 20:00 – If you really want to connect with your team, you need to be engaged and open about your own communication blocks 20:59 – Taking the emotional magnets quiz can be a great exercise for strengthening your relationships and finding out more about yourself 22:29 – By getting rid of your own biases and assumptions about others, you take a big step toward improving relationships and understanding others 24:05 – By identifying your own emotional magnet, you can also get better at communicating what you need Connect with Sandy Gerber Website Take the Emotional Magnet Quiz here Buy Emotional Magnetism Read my book report on Emotional Magnetism    
27:45 5/3/23
89 Ignite Fires, Don't Put Them Out: How Leaders Can Shift Their Energy with Sara Canaday
In today’s busy manufacturing world, leaders are feeling more stressed and stretched-thin than ever, as they deal with the staggering expectations and everyday demands on their time, energy, and attention. In this episode on how leaders can discover productive, healthy ways to free up their time and energy, I’m joined by author and leadership development coach Sara Canaday. Sara uses her years of corporate experience to advocate for leaders and help them grow the skills they need to strengthen their leadership skills, enhance their relationships, and thrive in today’s complex, competitive climate. In this episode, she talks about why leaders often end up feeling burnt-out, plus shares some unique practices organizations can use to best support their leaders. 2:16 – Leaders are meant to ignite fires, not constantly put them out. If you’re a leader who finds yourself constantly acting as a firefighter, it’s time to reconnect with the meaning of your role. 3:22 – We’re conditioned from a young age to be productive and to feel like we’re only valuable if we’re doing something, which impacts the way we lead and show up in the workplace 4:40 – Even when you’re doing nothing, your mind is still very productive, which is why it’s important to take a strategic pause to declutter your mind, find more clarity, and make better decisions and better serve your team 7:43 – Deep discovery and creative problem-solving can’t fully happen when we’re multitasking 8:26 – It can be helpful to reach out to others and let them add structure to your thinking and gain a broader prospective 9:40 – You have more control and agency over your own time than you think you do 10:00 – To gain more control over your time, dig deeper into your schedule and challenge yourself to think about what is the most important. For example, you could start skipping meetings that you don’t really need to be at, or send someone else to takes notes for you. 10:25 – Instead of just thinking about your to-do list, consider starting a list of things you can stop doing or delegate to someone else on your team 10:48 – As a leader, you have an obligation to think about how your can use your time in a way that best serves your team and your clients 11:43 – A change in scenery, like a stop at a coffeeshop on your way to your plant, is a great way to shift your mindset and build productive new habits 13:50 – Leaders should be responsive, but they also have to clearly show their priorities to themselves and the rest of their organization 15:05 – Leaders deal with exponential and even sometimes unrealistic expectations, especially when it comes to solving problems and facilizing productive conversations about important issues like social justice and employee mental health 16:08 – Leaders are doers and drivers, but they are also human beings and there’s only so much they can do 16:30 – There are many things team and organizations can do to support their leaders, including thinking about the most important priorities or even hiring someone to help with some of the leader’s other tasks 17:39 – Instead of impressing others, spend more time on thinking about what they really need to feel support and healthy in their role 20:00 – Shifting your mindset starts with putting aside your own biases and anything else that is clouding your judgment 20:43 – After putting aside your assumptions, spend more time discovering new, time-saving solutions by staying curious and seeking out productive, unbiased conversations with others 22:43 – If you’re not sure about something, don’t be afraid to just ask 23:00 – It takes courage to ask for what you need, but it’s important to find ways to protect your time and energy 23:42 – Leaders deserve a better experience, and a good experience can create a domino effect that positively impacts the rest of their team Connect with Sara Canaday Website LinkedIn Sara’s LinkedIn Learning courses  
26:12 4/19/23
88 Mastering the Art of 360-Degree Feedback with Brian Houp
To understand and improve our own behavior, we need feedback. But getting—or giving—authentic, actionable feedback isn’t always easy, especially in a fast-paced industry like manufacturing. In this podcast, I’m joined by my friend Brian Houp, a leadership development coach based in Louisville, Kentucky. One of his primary areas of expertise is 360 Feedback, which he uses to help executives and their teams improve behavior. In this episode, Brian talks more about the importance of feedback—and “feed forward!”—plus shares insight into 360-Degree Feedback and how leaders can harness the power of feedback and use it to strengthen their organization. 2:15 – Feedback is more than a buzzword 2:44 – 360 Feedback is based around the individual and getting a stronger understanding of how others in your organization see you as a leader or team member 3:49 – How feedback is set-up and delivered can make a huge difference between having a negative or positive experience 4:44 – Confidentiality also plays a big role in 360 Feedback and only other type of constructive criticism 6:56 – As a leader, if you don’t tell someone you want them to improve their behavior, then they have no idea of knowing there is an issue or area or improvement 7:24 – Feedback focuses on the past, but you can also look toward the future by giving feed forward and offering specific suggestions or advice others can use to improve their behavior 9:00 – To encourage others to share feedback, sometimes you need to think about the language and phrasing you’re using when asking for feedback 10:36 – You should also consider who you’re asking for feedback, and who in your organization you should talk to get the best feedback about a certain team member or problem on the floor 11:30 – People show up differently in front of different people, so be sure to get a wide range of feedback from different people, like executive, team members, or even vendors or clients who frequently interact with someone 14:55 – When you get feedback about your own behavior, take some time to digest and analyze it, but also get back out on the floor with your team and observe to get a stronger idea of what the feedback is talking about 16:44 – Sometimes, all you need is a new or fresh context 17:35 – It’s natural to feel nervous or even scared about hearing feedback 18:16 – Many leaders focus on their team members who need the most improvement, but don’t forget to also give feedback to the stronger members of your organization to help them get to the next level 20:00 – To get the best feedback, your whole team or organization needs to commit, especially supervisors and others in leadership positions 22:07 – Getting good feedback often also requires time and patience 25:41 – With feedback, you get what you give Connect with Brian Houp Website LinkedIn Brian’s Forbes article on 360 Feedback
30:51 4/5/23