117 episodes

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 • 67 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.

    117 You Can’t Proceduralize Everything! With Jake Mazulewicz

    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 min
    116 Lessons for Navigating a Crisis with Confidence with Dave Sanderson

    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 min
    115 Put Your Core Values Into Action with Adam Hill

    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 min
    114 How to Use Positivity to Improve Connection with Jon Gordon

    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 min
    113 Finding New Perspectives Through Emotional Intelligence with Karine Leblanc

    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 min
    112 Hope is Not a Strategy with Shawn Rhodes

    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 min

Customer Reviews

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67 Ratings

Velichik ,

A must for anyone in manufacturing

I’ve been listening to this podcast for nearly two years now. Every episode is so full of amazing information and I love how it is specific to manufacturing. If you want to grow as a leader, look no further than this podcast.

stevepiv ,

A must listen for mangers!

Really meaningful for manufacturing managers that want to better connect with employees. Five stars!

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Quick and easy

Great podcast that leaders in manufacturing can understand, relate and apply over your commute.

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