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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.

Mindfulness Manufacturing Trevor Blondeel

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

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.

    Using Personality Assessments to Determine How You Show Up

    Using Personality Assessments to Determine How You Show Up

    From DiSC assessments to the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, there are many different personality assessments leaders can use to identify their personality type and how it impacts the way they show up on the manufacturing floor. To get a better understanding of this unique topic, I brought in Christy Smallwood, a speaker and author who helps leaders “supercharge” their organization and find their own ways to make a positive impact. In this podcast, she shares information about the different types of personality assessments, plus gives personality assessment insights leaders can use to connect with and support their teams.
    1:54 – There are many reasons for manufacturing leaders to consider implementing personality assessments
    2:29 – One major benefit of personality assessments is learning your communication style and the communication style of others on your team – this helps you understand what you need to do to get the best results from conversations
    3:32 – “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.”
    5:03 – As a leader, it’s important to take advantage of any tools you can use to better connect with your team, including personality assessments
    5:14 – There are many different types of personality assessments to choose from, and you can pick something that best suits your team or organization  
    5:53 – One type of personality assessments is the DiSC assessment
    7:26 – Some personality types assign an animal to go along with different personality traits
    9:40 – If someone is acting differently from their normal personality type, it could be a sign they’re dealing with an issue, like a family problem outside of work
    10:55 – In a personality test, there is no wrong answer
    11:43 – When people have different personalities, it may sometimes lead to conflict or miscommunications – this is why it’s important to understand why others behave the way they do based on their personality
    14:00 – With understanding, even people with vastly different personality types can get along
    16:19 – Your personality type impacts the way you show up on a daily basis
    18:31 – The COVID-19 pandemic has made personality assessments more important than ever
    20:00 – By understanding a team member’s personality, you’ll have a better awareness of what they need to feel energized or supported
    25:00 – We all have different aspects of our personalities
    Connect with Christy Smallwood

    • 27 min
    Powerful Questions for Accountability and Autonomy with Jeff Nally

    Powerful Questions for Accountability and Autonomy with Jeff Nally

    Do you want to improve accountability and encourage autonomy in your organization? It all starts with asking the right questions! In this episode, I'm joined by guest Jeff Nally, the president of Nally Group Inc. and a coach and speaker who uses neuroscience-based solutions to help leaders improve their workplace interactions. He shares the questions leaders should ask to foster accountability and autonomy in their organizations, plus offers some great stories of his own to highlight the importance of mission, vision, storytelling, and more!
    1:52 - Many leaders think that their team members simply want to be told what to do
    2:12 - The #1 thing teams want from their leaders is a clear picture of the mission and vision
    2:33 - When people know the "end game," they are more likely to follow instructions, be more autonomous, and find more success
    3:25 - Leaders need to communicate their mission and goals to their team
    3:39 - Leaders also need to be great storytellers
    4:00 - If you don't believe in your mission and vision, your team won't either
    7:06 - To really show off your mission and vision, weave it into your everyday behavior and actions
    7:16 - As a leader, you can help your team by asking the right questions
    8:10: Ask simple question like :are you finished with this task? How close to completion are you? What do you need to get it done?" to hold your team accountable 
    11:00 - Don't be afraid to ask "feelings" questions
    11:52 - Support questions, like "what can I do to help you meet your goal?" are also very important for growing and encouraging your team
    13:28 - If you hold your team accountable, you know they'll get the job done without you having to stay constantly involved
    16:29 - You can also ask about concerns and apprehensions
    19:58 - When a team is autonomous, it doesn't mean their leader has abandoned them
    Connect with Jeff Nally
    The Nally Group

    • 24 min
    Lessons from the Cockpit with Shawn Dawley

    Lessons from the Cockpit with Shawn Dawley

    In all industries, poor behavior and high emotions can lead to massive issues . . . and this is especially true in the aviation industry, where small errors can be the difference between a safe flight and a deadly accident. In this podcast, I’m joined by Shawn Dawley, the president of OT2 Consulting and a former Air Force pilot. Shawn often draws on his own combat experience to help leaders overcome challenges and inspire their teams, and has many great lessons about the importance of emotional intelligence, building healthy team dynamics, and finding the balance between intellect and emotions.
    0:42 – Leadership is all about the balance between intellect and emotions
    2:17 – In the aviation industry, crew relationships and emotions play a critical role in the safety and success of each flight
    5:52 – Processes can only get better when there is a healthy environment and a positive organizational dynamic where people can point out issues and speak their mind
    7:00 – If a leader is in a bad mood or creating a hostile environment, others might be less willing to draw attention to issues or voice their feedback
    12:23 – Poor decision-making does just happen when you’re angry—it can even happen when you’re euphoric or excited
    13:32 – When you’re at your “emotional worst,” it can be very difficult to make important decisions
    14:42 – We all have emotions and “triggers” that make us feel certain ways—how we react is what sets up apart
    16:15 –What role does our nervous system play in making us feel emotions or have specific reactions to stressful situations?
    17:57 – By recognizing your triggers and response, you can improve your behavior and emotional intelligence
    19:06 – Even if you give the exact same feedback to two different team members, it will land differently to each of them because they have different life experiences
    20:56 – To understand a team member’s behavior reactions, form a relationship and find out more about their past experiences
    21:56 – Leadership is innate to the human condition
    23:16 – Take the time to listen to what others have to say
    25:01 – Think about the qualities of people you admire—are you showing those same qualities to your own team?
    Connect with Shawn Dawley
    Shawn would also love to hear your feedback! Find him on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnmdawley to stay connected.

    • 26 min
    Becoming the Ultimate Diffuser of Drama with Cy Wakeman

    Becoming the Ultimate Diffuser of Drama with Cy Wakeman

    Do you want to get rid of drama on the manufacturing floor? As a leader, you avoid drama, set boundaries, and inspire by your team by becoming the ultimate “drama diffuser!” In this episode, I’m joined by guest Cy Wakeman, the president and founder of Reality-Based Leadership and the bestselling author of books like No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results. I’ve been a fan of Cy’s writing for years, and I’m excited to have her as a guest to talk about how leader can use skills like curiosity and self-reflection to overcome drama in their organization.
    1:30 – To avoid drama—and your own ego—approach every situation by considering what you know for sure
    3:30 – It’s easy to fall into situations where you believe someone else is the villain or that you’re doing the right thing, which is why it’s important to consider facts, mindsets, and what details you know for sure
    9:07 – The power of self-reflection is the ultimate drama diffuser
    10:19 – Instead of judging or making assumptions, approach situations with curiosity, patience, and grace
    11:49 – By extending an invitation instead of a lecture, you can “call people up to greatness.”
    13:20 – “As the leader goes, so does the team.”
    15:05 – If something happens that’s unpreferred, you need to step up and impact it
    20:02 – As a leader, you can set an example and set your team up to avoid drama
    21:32 – By setting a strong leadership example and empowering your team, you can find productive solutions while still maintaining healthy boundaries and not falling into the trap of being a “fixer” for everyone’s problems
    23:05 – A question to ask yourself: if I see behavior I don’t want, how am I enabling it?
    24:29 – When you quit buffering your team member’s relationship with reality, they will make better choices
    29:32 – To get through to others, state reality and ask for what you really need
    33:16 – As a leader, you can only make the invitation—it’s up to others to decide what to do with that invitation
    34:59 – With the correct leader, your team will step into brilliance most of the time
    35:16 – If you have drama in your workplace, it’s because people are venting instead of self-reflecting
    Connect with Cy Wakeman
    Reality-Based Leadership Website
    Read Trevor’s book review on No Ego

    • 38 min
    Taking Your Team from Average to Amazing with Dustin E. James

    Taking Your Team from Average to Amazing with Dustin E. James

    On the manufacturing floor, you don’t want your leadership and your team to be average . . .you want to be amazing! To learn more about how leaders can find the energy and inspiration to take themselves and their team to the next level of success, I’m excited to welcome my friend Dustin E. James to the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast. Through his work with Moments Leadership, Dustin uses motivational speaking and interactive learning experiences to help organizations find greater engagement, creativity, and inspiration. In this episode, he takes stories from his past experiences and turns them into lessons leaders can use to connect with their teams, find new inspirations, and manufacture greatness in their organization.
    1:40 – Energy comes in many different forms
    3:00 – What is the balance between having a routine and bringing fresh energy into work every day?
    3:10 – There isn’t a single person on your team who doesn’t want to be recognized for their good—when your team feels like they’re being acknowledged for doing more than just the average, they’ll continue to show up with new energy and motivation
    4:34 – As a leader, it’s your job to show your team how amazing they are
    8:00 – We all have bad days filled with struggles, challenges, but there is always a life lesson to be found in hard experiences
    8:25 – Even when you are doing something challenging or difficult, there are still opportunities to grow your own mindset or help or inspire someone else. You never know when you’ll find a great lesson!
    8:45 – If we want to learn new lessons and find new energy, we have to show up and be present every day instead of just embracing “average”
    11:09 – As a leader, it’s important to know your team member’s individual goals and what motivates them
    12:22 – In order to really connect, you need to know what makes each team member tick!
    14:03 – “I see that you’re doing your best” can be a powerful way to start conversations and better connection with your team
    15:19 – As a leader, it’s important to recognize that your team members are often doing the best they can and embracing that fact can help you build trust and move forward in productive ways.
    16:08 – Trying to get someone to improve to change their behavior can be a big drain of energy—what are some ways to deal with this?
    17:16 – Everyone on your team has something good that can be said about them
    19:04 – At the end of the day, it all comes down to showing up and being there as a leader to your team. There’s always going to be new challenges, but it’s up to you to find lessons and energy in each day
    20:00 – Always give your very best. Don’t show up to be second!
    21:52 – Our best days are always ahead of us
    Connect with Dustin E. James
    Moments Leadership website

    • 24 min
    How to Weave Appreciation into Everyday Interactions with Lisa Johnson

    How to Weave Appreciation into Everyday Interactions with Lisa Johnson

    Showing appreciation is a great way to connect with your team! But if you’re a leader in a busy organization, it can be difficult to find the time and discipline to show appreciation for your team. Or you might struggle to find the best ways to show appreciation, or even worry that you’re not doing enough. If this is you, don’t miss this episode on appreciation with guest Lisa Johnson. Lisa is a global human resources professional and the founder and owner of HR Know-How LLC, where she helps organizations bring consistency and humanity to their daily HR interactions. She is also the author of the upcoming Solutions for the Well-Intention Leader, which will release later this year. She offers her tips on how leaders can improve their ability to offer appropriate, genuine appreciation, plus shares some ways leaders can weave appreciation into their everyday interactions.
    1:13 – The strongest managers and leaders have a consistent practice for showing appreciation
    1:40 – Showing consistent appreciation has many benefits, including increased morale and employees who are willing to go the extra mile
    4:10 – While general positive feedback is often well-received, it is even better to offer specific positive feedback to individual employees
    7:00 – Appreciation shouldn’t be scheduled! Rather, you should weave it into your day-to-day interactions
    8:15 – How you manage and organize you appreciation depends on your leadership style. One tip is to leave voice notes for yourself in your phone, so you can go back later and remember exactly what you wanted to say to your team member
    11:58 – Giving appreciation can mean the difference between an average employee and an inspired employee who comes in feeling excited to work and ready to give it their all
    14:37 – As a leader, you need to practice discipline to figure out the best feedback and appreciation practices
    18:39 – Documentation matters. If you observe someone’s good behavior but later forget to say something, it won’t make a difference.
    20:30 – Good appreciation practices can trickle-up to positively impact your whole organization
    23:23 – Is there such a thing as too much appreciation?
    24:00 – When showing appreciation, don’t forget to be transparent and specific
    Connect with Lisa Johnson
    HR Know-How website

    • 27 min

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Love this podcast!!

All of the episodes contain a wealth of information, which I am able to implement in my everyday job duties! Do yourself a favor and start listening today!! —-Missy Jackson Nucor Supervisor Louisville, KY

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Perfect Morning Mantra!

I’ve incorporated this podcast as part of my morning routine before work and it is truly a 🔥 way to start my day. This will give the listener a refreshing perspective on managing & help prepare them for the day ahead!

dmholcomb ,

Fantastic stuff

Really wise words from Mike Forhan in your latest episode. Staying out of a judgement mode is just great advice for all aspects of life. Thanks for sharing!

The company I work for recently got into the podcast space. If you have the time, check out “The Right Direction Podcast” from Compass Precision!

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