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On the Learnings and Missteps Podcast, Jesse and Rene dig into the stories of the men and women who have built careers in the construction industry. Each guest, from front line installers to Executives, intimately describes their earliest career aspirations to the current day and how they intend to impact the world going forward. Let us bend your ear and join us in our efforts in Enhancing the image of Careers in Construction.

Learnings and Missteps Jesse & Rene

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On the Learnings and Missteps Podcast, Jesse and Rene dig into the stories of the men and women who have built careers in the construction industry. Each guest, from front line installers to Executives, intimately describes their earliest career aspirations to the current day and how they intend to impact the world going forward. Let us bend your ear and join us in our efforts in Enhancing the image of Careers in Construction.

    The Goal Calabosession #2

    The Goal Calabosession #2

    This is the second installment, the second issue, the second recording with Mr. Thomas Lamay on our collab O session over the goal. So far, the feedback on the first one has been amazing, and I kind of knew like, yeah, it's long. This one's almost as long, 
     
    But it's so packed with his stories of how he applied, what he was learning, like in the moment. He makes references to his journal that he was keeping as he was going along, building this project in San Francisco and jotting down what he was taking away. His obs personal observations and the little experiments he was running on site.
    It weren't very little. They were actually pretty darn huge. I'm feeling like that little journal's gonna be worth some money at some point in the future. Hopefully he'll leave it to me or the LnM Family. He'll leave it to us in his will at some point. Anyhow. Another super cool thing like have you ever been in a situation where people are kind of dropping hints or doing something pretty awesome and you just kind of miss it? Well, that was me. Like the whole time Thomas has given shoutouts to the nobs tribe. Steve Martin, Jennifer Lacey, uh, Adam Hos the rest of the crew, and he keeps plugging like this book.
    There's this book out there, known as Lean In Love, and he keeps referencing it. It didn't occur to me in the moment, but going back and editing, I'm like, Man, this dude's just like. Just the kind of people you wanna be around. So if you haven't caught the first one, go back by now. The, the YouTube version, the videos, you can see our bright shining smiling faces will be available.
     So go check that out if you wanna see that. We got a whole bunch of clips that we've been posting on all the socials, just outtakes of some of his wisdom, some of my goofiness. Uh, we deeply appreciate the support. And speaking of support, we're gonna give a shout out to all our patrons who have been faithful in their contributions.
    And if you're interested in being a patron and contributing. To the effort of enhancing the image of careers and the trades, you can go to the learnings and missteps.com. Uh, click on the Become a Member, Click, click, click and choose the way you'd like to contribute. Also, any likes, any comments you make on, on the post that we have out there on the LinkedIn or the, or the Dick Talk, or the Facebook, whatever, those all help too.
     We are extremely grateful for all of the support, all of the encouragement, all of the takeaways, all of the things that you're doing with the knowledge that you get from these interviews. Uh, paying it forward and making things better for people out there in the world is exactly what we're looking for.
     And here we go a little bit more of Mr. Thomas. Lame. It ain't over because there's several more sessions to come.

    connect with Thomas at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaslamay/

    Get your copy of Lean & Love at: https://www.depthbuilder.com/5s

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Goal Calabosession #1

    The Goal Calabosession #1

    Oh man, this one has been a long time coming. the seed was planted by Thomas Thomas. Lamay If you don't know Mr. Thomas Lamay you're gonna get to know him, uh, super deep intellect, excitement around systems thinking and the theory of constraints. Uh, the seed was planted back when Felipe and I were recording the collab sessions on the lean builder.

    He dropped a little comment on the chat and we went ahead and challenged him to go ahead. Jump in and record a collabo session of the goal. And I don't know, maybe it's been a year, since then, but we did it 

     I gotta let you know, like, this is not the only recording.  We got several episodes because the book is like 20, 30 something odd chapters. Uh, and we're not just rereading the book. The amazing thing is that Thomas began reading this.

    he actually put the stuff that he was learning into practice on the job side, like on the job side that he was the superintendent of, I think it was in San Francisco. and what's even more special that I think we're just super fortunate is that he was keeping no, he was journaling about the experience about what he was learning from the book about what he was applying in the field and what he learned from the applic.

    And so really what this is, is Thomas' translation of the book, the concepts, the ideas that are in the book into construction language, into like real life application of this stuff in the construction industry, which is super damn excited. 

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Lessons Learned From Rapid Business Growth & Letting go of Employees with Michael Bauman

    Lessons Learned From Rapid Business Growth & Letting go of Employees with Michael Bauman

    Struggles, we all face them. In school, in work, in our personal lives, and in our relationships. If we use the lessons we learn from the struggles we face to inspire the rest of our choices, there’s no saying what we can’t achieve.
     
    Join me in this episode as I speak with landscaper, entrepreneur, and opportunist, Michael Bauman, about the lessons he’s learned from starting a business, the dangers of achieving rapid business growth, and how he’s recovering after recently firing several valuable employees. 
     
    I connected with Michael through TikTok where he’s been interviewing his team members and creating content from the discussions. Michael embraces discomfort and talks to his employees about real life stuff. From marriage advice to real exit interviews, he and his team are providing insightful entertainment for days! So, I welcomed Michael on LnM to discuss some of his own personal insights he’s gained along his entrepreneurial journey.
     
    “Having a team around you to especially make up your weaknesses is how you succeed.”
     – Michael Bauman
     
    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
    ·       Why Michael started creating content on TikTok & His content creation goals for the future.
    ·       How to overcome fear and overwhelm and gain momentum in starting a business.
    ·       Why business plans aren’t necessary to create a successful business.
    ·       How it feels to let go of employees & What Michael is doing to recover from the major loss.
    ·       You can’t do everything and you can’t do it alone! Make sure your team’s strengths compensate for your weaknesses.
    ·       Michael’s Learning and Misstep: In business, fast growth isn’t easy on anyone.
     
     
    Watch this episode on YouTube:
     
     
    Connect with Michael:
    Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-bauman-83b796124 
    Follow him on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@lionslegacy
    Subscribe to his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEuQGvnB6VpTdNrJKJvOyQ

    • 48 min
    From Working in the Oil Field to VP of Sales with Jennifer Longoria

    From Working in the Oil Field to VP of Sales with Jennifer Longoria

    Struggles, we all face them. In school, in work, in our personal lives, and in our relationships. If we use the lessons we learn from the struggles we face to inspire the rest of our choices, there’s no saying what we can’t achieve.
     
    Join me in this episode as I speak with Jennifer Longoria, VP of Sales, about her uniquely challenging life and how she got inspired to climb the corporate ladder of the construction industry. 
     
    Jennifer and I actually grew up together and after living two very different lives, we both ended up in the trades with memorable learnings to look back on. Tune in to this amazing conversation to hear some of those learnings and more!
     
     
    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
    ·       How Jennifer climbed the corporate ladder of the construction industry to become VP of Sales.  
    ·       The dynamics of working as a sales representative in the trades industry.
    ·       How to gain skills, grow, and succeed in your career from an entry level position.
    ·       The mindset it takes to overcome struggles we face in school and in the workforce.
    ·       How the isolation of getting pregnant as a teenager influenced Jennifer’s life.
    ·       Valuable lessons learned from working in customer-facing roles.
    ·       Advice for tradespeople on cultivating respect in the industry (for all genders and all people).
    ·       Jennifer’s Learning and Misstep: Being the best you can be and understanding what your customers value.
     
     
    Watch this episode on YouTube:
     
     
    Connect with Jennifer:
    Connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-l-madden78073/
     
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Lean & Love by Jesse Hernandez Jr. and Jennifer Lacy: https://www.depthbuilder.com/5s

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Becoming a More Impactful, Self-Aware, People-First Business Leader with Chris Gutkes of Island Elevator

    Becoming a More Impactful, Self-Aware, People-First Business Leader with Chris Gutkes of Island Elevator

    Personal development is a huge part of anyone’s career, even for those in the trades industry. Self-awareness, empathy, honesty, and communication are key factors to being an effective leader, business owner, and most importantly, becoming the best version of yourself.
     
    Join me in this episode as I speak with Chris Gutkes, President of Island Elevator, a people-first company offering the most comprehensive selection of elevator products and services on Long Island, NY. As a 4th generation elevator professional, Chris has lived a life full of learnings and missteps and he’s here to shed light on each one of them in a very powerful way.
     
    Tune in to learn how Chris came to understand the necessity of people-first communication, technological innovation, and personal development in the trades industry. (Hint: It took a lot of failing forward!)
     
    “The biggest problem for business owners these days is putting the right people on the bus and then putting the people on the bus in the right seat.” - Chris Gutkes
     
    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
    ·       Navigating changes in society and technology as a trades professional & Why you need to embrace change, not resist it.
    ·       The importance of improving your communication and embracing technological innovation alongside your technical understanding of a trade.
    ·       How Chris uses his strengths to succeed in the elevator industry.
    ·       Why building talent is more effective than recruiting talent.
    ·       What does it mean to be a people-first company?
    ·       Valuable advice for people interested in a career in the trades: Define what YOU value & Find a company that invests in its employees to build upon that value.
    ·       Strengths, skills, and goals Chris looks for when hiring field technicians.
    ·       Chris’s top recommendations for getting a job in skilled trade.
    ·       How getting sober and practicing mindfulness and empathy impacted his life and leadership.
    ·       Chris’s Learning and Misstep: Failing is part of the job, but it teaches you A LOT!
     
    “You can’t just close your eyes and pretend things aren’t happening because while you’re waiting on hold to order your pizza, mine’s already in route because I ordered it on DoorDash. That’s where the elevator industry is going, that’s where HVAC, plumbing, electric, everything’s going to be remote monitored, touching through different platforms  It’s not harder, it’s just different.”        - Chris Gutkes
    Watch this episode on YouTube:
    Connect with Chris:
    Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisgutkes 
     
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Island Elevator: http://islandelevator.com 
    Listen to the LnM episode with Edward Rivera: https://apple.co/3wfDIjZ 
    Listen to Diary of a CEO with Malcom Gladwell: https://apple.co/3zMUUxR 
    Simon Sinek on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SimonSinek 
    Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss: https://amzn.to/3bJCy9g 
    Chris Do of thefutur: https://thefutur.com/team/chris-do 
    Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink: https://amzn.to/3A8TcIx 
     

    • 54 min
    This Carpenter Designed Innovative, Functional Clothing for Tradespeople (& It’s CHANGING the Industry) with Pete Zeppetella

    This Carpenter Designed Innovative, Functional Clothing for Tradespeople (& It’s CHANGING the Industry) with Pete Zeppetella

    Being a little too careless on the job site or not having the proper gear can mean big consequences… or at the very least, a major reality check!
     
    In this episode, I speak with Pete Zeppetella, a licensed journeyman carpenter and CEO of Zepps Gear. Before getting into the trades, Pete actually dreamed of being a clothing designer. Fortunately for him, his passion for clothing later collided with his carpentry profession. This lead him to start a company that produces innovative, high-functioning, high-quality clothing for tradespeople designed specifically to keep tradespeople safe and efficient on the job.
     
    Tune in to hear and see how the Zepps Gear jacket was invented as well as how it works with a safety harness, radio and mic, lanyards, and any other accessories you need secured to you while on the job.
     
    “Nobody does anything by themselves. Always have a team behind you.”  - Pete Zeppetella
     
    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
    ·       How Pete got into carpentry and mechanics at a young age.
    ·       The inspiration behind Zepps Gear & Pete’s creative process for designing clothing and gear for tradespeople.
    ·       The incredible skills that tradespeople develop.
    ·       If you have an interest in serving others, don’t give up on your vision. It takes time to develop your interests and see a successful outcome.
    ·       The key to making your vision a reality: Building a team to support you.
    ·       Pete’s Learning and Misstep: Work with caution or face the consequences.
    “We build the world.” - Pete Zeppetella
     
    Watch this episode on YouTube:
    Connect with Pete:
    Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pete-zeppetella-8a1574141
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Check out Zepps Gear: https://zeppsgear.ca
    Intertek testing: https://www.intertek.com/testing 
    Lean & Love 5S Love Letters: https://www.depthbuilder.com/5s
     
     

    • 1 hr 6 min

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