Podcast - Mindfulness Manufacturing
Trevor Blondeel ran manufacturing facilities and was not always a very ‘Mindful’ leader. He didn’t have a resource like this when he was caught in the whirlwind of manufacturing.
Experience taught him that you can be assertive and drive accountability in manufacturing, and also be kind. Inspired by the desire to make manufacturing a better place to work, and improve the lives of their colleagues, this podcast was born.
His intriguing offsets and authentic guests provide new ways of thinking for his audience. Have a listen to this relaxed, candid format you can consume on your drive to work, or whenever you are just looking for a different perspective!
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.
As manufacturing becomes more reliant on machines, automation, and other emerging forms of technology, human leadership is more important than ever. To learn more about the best practices for leadership in a technology-driven world, I brought in “tech humanist” and technology expert Kate O’Neil. As the founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate helps organizations create meaningful strategies for balancing human experiences and the tech-driven future. In this podcast, she shares some of her favorite tips for how manufacturing leaders can find the brightest possible futures for themselves and their organizations.
1:30 – How can we reclaim our agency?
2:53 – When a lot of manufacturing is being done by machines, it’s critical to find a balance between automation and human decision making
3:56 – As we use more and more technology and automation in the manufacturing sphere, human roles actually become more important than ever, especially when it comes to creating safe and effective procedures
7:19 – When using data, consider the humans on the other side
12:50 – Leaders need to determine the processes and nuances behind data, and this often means asking questions instead of just relying on hard data
16:30 “Machines are what we encode of ourselves”
17:50 – What does it mean to lead in a technology-driven world?
21:00 – Leaders and their organizations need to be careful about how they use public trust and responsibility with data and data gathering
23:00 – Due to issues like climate change, supply chain shortages, and labor issues, leaders are in a tougher position than ever, especially when it comes to decision-making
25:00 – Are you aligned with history in the way you want to be?
27:00 – Your actions today are tomorrow’s history
29:00 – Social media is important for manufacturing leaders, but be wary of false information
32:00 – When used correctly and responsibility, technology is a powerful tool for manufacturing leaders
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