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Here you will find a collections of articles written by Trevor.

Three Steps for Staying Curious

Three Steps for Staying Curious

January 31, 2023

In a recent article, I talked about why curiosity is a real superpower on the manufacturing floor. Even when a leader has great intentions or productive feedback, they may struggle to communicate with their team if they don’t have a curious mindset. Stay Curious or Shut Down Conversations?: A Case Study For example, look at … Read More

Right Time + Right Place + Right Mindset = Serendipity!

Right Time + Right Place + Right Mindset = Serendipity!

January 6, 2023

“Right place, right time.” You’ve probably heard this saying before, like when a team member happens to spot a small workplace issue before it gets worse or when you hear a miraculous story about a random bystander saving someone from an accident. Maybe you’ve even thought it yourself, like when when you arrive at your … Read More

Creating a Stronger, Safer Culture: The Basics of Psychological Safety

Creating a Stronger, Safer Culture: The Basics of Psychological Safety

January 3, 2023

On the manufacturing floor, you probably take steps to protect your employees from physical harm, like offering safety training on certain equipment or having clearly marked emergency exits. But are you doing enough to ensure psychological safety for your team, too? What Is Psychological Safety? The term “psychological safety” was first coined by Harvard business … Read More

How to Change Your Language—and Mindset—To Find Productive Outcomes

How to Change Your Language—and Mindset—To Find Productive Outcomes

December 12, 2022

“I’ve told her to complete this task a million times . . . why hasn’t she done it yet?!” As a manufacturing leader, have you ever asked yourself a question like this? On the floor, all leaders experience communication issues from time to time, and it’s all too easy to blame the team member who … Read More

Three Ways Manufacturing Leaders Can Combat “Quiet Quitting”

Three Ways Manufacturing Leaders Can Combat “Quiet Quitting”

December 5, 2022

Do you have a team member who is putting in minimal work, hesitating to share their feedback, or acting unmotivated on the manufacturing floor? You may be dealing with “quiet quitting.” Quiet quitting is when an employee feels unfulfilled or unhappy with their job but doesn’t officially quit. Instead, they continue to show up but … Read More

Diving Deeper Into Your Personal Brand: The Lessons Manufacturing Leaders Can Learn from Shark Diving

Diving Deeper Into Your Personal Brand: The Lessons Manufacturing Leaders Can Learn from Shark Diving

November 9, 2022

Would you go swimming with sharks? For many people, shark diving might sound like a literal nightmare. But for recent Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast guest Kenneth “Shark” Kinney, it’s a favorite hobby. Shark is a speaker and marketing specialist who uses his experiences with shark diving to help professionals find fearless, curiosity-driven ways to grow and … Read More

Using “The Four Cs of Leadership” to Take Yourself From Manager to Leader

Using “The Four Cs of Leadership” to Take Yourself From Manager to Leader

October 28, 2022

What’s the difference between a manager and a true leader? In his experience as a corporate trainer and speaker, recent Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast guest Dr. Andy Nellie has found four characteristics that make the difference between a leader and a manager—and they all begin with C! #1: Character If you want to be a good … Read More

The Manufacturing Leader’s Guide to Building Confidence

The Manufacturing Leader’s Guide to Building Confidence

October 14, 2022

When you walk onto the manufacturing floor in the morning, what happens? Are you type who loves to confidently strike up conversations with your team, or would you rather keep your head down and avoid conversations, especially when it comes to difficult topics like addressing an employee’s poor behavior? If you’re the introverted type, you … Read More

Three Ways Manufacturing Leaders Can Prepare for the Tech-Driven Future

Three Ways Manufacturing Leaders Can Prepare for the Tech-Driven Future

September 21, 2022

As the manufacturing becomes more reliant on technology, what does that mean for industry leaders? Are leaders going to become obsolete as machines and automated processes take control? Can they sit back and let machines do all the work? The answer to both these questions is a resounding no, according to tech humanist and recent … Read More

Three Questions for Changing Behavior

Three Questions for Changing Behavior

September 16, 2022

On the manufacturing floor, there are always going to be dozens of different, diverse personalities. When people with different—or even conflicting—personalities need to engage with each other, and it can cause conflicts that drain the energy of the team, create frustration, and lead to low productivity or high turnover. However, it’s still possible for a … Read More

The Six Steps to “Think and Grow Rich”

The Six Steps to “Think and Grow Rich”

September 7, 2022

In Napoleon Hill’s 1938 book Think and Grow Rich, he presents six steps leaders can take to find wealth, achieve success, and follow their greatest dreams. But when I first read his book, I was skeptical—could Hill’s tips really apply to today’s manufacturing leaders? Yes, according to recent Mindfulness Manufacturing guest Ann McNeill! As the … Read More

Using Everyday Language to Improve Manufacturing Floor Communications

Using Everyday Language to Improve Manufacturing Floor Communications

July 28, 2022

Stuff. Things. Literally. Simply. Think back to your last conversation on the manufacturing floor. Did you use any of these words? If you’re anything like me, there’s a good chance you did! But unclear words like these create confusion, contribute to miscommunications, and get in your way of coming across as a confident leader. To … Read More

Finding Your Power in the Changing World of Manufacturing

Finding Your Power in the Changing World of Manufacturing

July 14, 2022

The manufacturing world is on the verge of change! Due to the rise of artificial intelligence, automated technology, and other emerging technology, the manufacturing industry could see some huge changes in the next decade. Are you ready? Michael Neuendorff certainly is. He’s an executive coach and the president of Bay Area Executive Coach, based in … Read More

Connection Before Trust: The First Step is an Inside Job!

Connection Before Trust: The First Step is an Inside Job!

July 5, 2022

“My team just has too much connection!” Throughout my years of coaching and advising manufacturing leaders, this isn’t a statement I often hear. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite. When there is a disconnect between leaders and their teams, it leads to communication challenges, poor culture, halted productivity, and a lack of trust throughout … Read More

Using Empathy, Intention, and Communication

Using Empathy, Intention, and Communication

June 23, 2022

Using Empathy, Intention, and Communication: The Tools for Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Manufacturing Women only account for 43% of the total workforce. Their numbers are even smaller in the manufacturing industry, with women holding around 27% to 29% of manufacturing industry jobs. To make matters worse, this percentage has stayed the same since … Read More

The Steps to Embracing Your Rubber Band Resilience

The Steps to Embracing Your Rubber Band Resilience

May 24, 2022

The Steps to Embracing Your Rubber Band Resilience To learn about growth and resilience, look toward rubber bands! On a recent episode of the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, I welcomed corporate energy expert Kathy Parry for an energizing conversation about her ideas on “rubber band resilience” and how manufacturing leaders can embrace the strain that comes … Read More

How to Bring “The Golden Rule” to the Manufacturing Floor

How to Bring “The Golden Rule” to the Manufacturing Floor

April 29, 2022

How to Bring “The Golden Rule” to the Manufacturing Floor “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Even though most manufacturing leaders have probably heard this “golden rule”, kindness and understanding are not always prioritized in the manufacturing industry. This was the topic of my recent Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast with guest Thom Singer, … Read More

Showing Who You Really Are: The Key Characteristics of Great Leaders

Showing Who You Really Are: The Key Characteristics of Great Leaders

March 25, 2022

“People see who you are—even if you don’t!” That’s one of the favorite sayings of John Raymer, a recent guest on my Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast. In this episode, John shared some great insights learned from his 28-year-career with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, especially about how manufacturing leaders can identify problems in their organizations by looking closely … Read More

Growing Your Mindset: The Steps it Does—and Doesn’t—Take

Growing Your Mindset: The Steps it Does—and Doesn’t—Take

February 4, 2022

The Barriers to a Growth Mindset In a book I read recently, I learned more about the two types of mindsets: growth mindsets and fixed mindsets. It got me thinking about the importance of being opened minded, but how open-mindedness alone isn’t always enough to set you up for success. It can actually cause you … Read More

When Results Make You a Believer — Improving Your Culture, Part 3

When Results Make You a Believer — Improving Your Culture, Part 3

August 11, 2021

“Emotional intelligence” has become a buzzword lately. With a growing emphasis on culture and shortages of supply of our talented workplace, curiosity about emotional intelligence is likely to grow. An interest in emotional intelligence is probably why you opened this article, so let’s dive back into our series on emotional intelligence and how it helped … Read More

The Emotional Culture Index – Improving Your Culture, Part 1

The Emotional Culture Index – Improving Your Culture, Part 1

July 26, 2021

Do you know how your staff really feels about you, or wonder what you can do to retain great staff and attract new employees? There’s now a simple way to measure that! You may have a feeling or opinion about what your employees think of you, but what you see or think might not align … Read More

What To Know Before Beginning Executive Coaching

What To Know Before Beginning Executive Coaching

July 19, 2021

If you’re considering executive coaching, here are a few things that will simplify your decision-making process! Pain and Permission When I was certified with the Center of Executive Coaching many years ago, I learned—the hard way!—that there are two key elements that are required for successful executive coaching engagement: pain and permission. What Does Pain … Read More

Why No One Listens To You—and How To Change That With The Coach Approach

Why No One Listens To You—and How To Change That With The Coach Approach

July 12, 2021

When you’re driving your car and a passenger is giving you directions—like turn left, take this exit, get in this lane, and turn right when we pass that old orange brick church—do you think you’ll remember how to get there by yourself next time? Heck no! Now, consider driving to the same location by yourself … Read More

Your Safe Has a Back Door: I Sealed Mine and You Can Too

Your Safe Has a Back Door: I Sealed Mine and You Can Too

June 18, 2021

When someone trusts you enough to tell you top secret information, it drives the connection we crave in relationships and confirms that others like us. But how do you know what you should or should not share? When it is gossip and ego urging us to impress others with what we know versus being authentic … Read More

Have You Been Riding your Emotional Waves or Tumbling into the Surf?

Have You Been Riding your Emotional Waves or Tumbling into the Surf?

September 4, 2020

I got some news I was not expecting that put me on the emotional surfboard and I went for a ride! Not the fun kind, the more distracting and uncomfortable kind; like a rollercoaster you really did not want to go on, and once it started, you just wanted off. If you work in manufacturing, … Read More

Episode #10 Building Resilience through COVID-19

Episode #10 Building Resilience through COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Join us for the first time recording in separate locations.  With everything going on in our world and practicing safe distancing we wanted to do our part and still provide you, our listeners with a good quality podcast.  Today’s theme is resiliency and how do we work this into our daily lives during this  COVID-19 … Read More

Episode #8 Lianne Gallie

Episode #8 Lianne Gallie

March 11, 2020

Privileged to have this dynamic woman share her path of mindfulness growing in all areas in manufacturing Human Resources, and now teaching these lessons at the college level.  Join us as we have fun with our friend Lianne Gallie, who provides great insights in how channel your emotions with intention! 2:19. My growing up phase. … Read More

Episode #7 Brian Skerrett

Episode #7 Brian Skerrett

February 26, 2020

Welcome Mindfulness Manufacturing community!  The legendary Brian Skerrett shares some of his wisdom gained through his 40 plus year career.  A pioneer integrating mindfulness and leadership training, it is a privilege to share this with you today.  His primary focus has been business coaching, with a niche in helping people to make individual changes today … Read More

Episode #6 JC Wilkinson

Episode #6 JC Wilkinson

February 12, 2020

Welcome Mindfulness Manufacturing community! Today we get some great insights from JC Wilkinson.  He is currently the  VP of Business Transformation for Vivid Impact based in Louisville KY.  Prior to Vivid Impact, JC spent 10 years as a COO/CFO for privately held organizations and another 10 years working with regional consulting firms providing accounting, tax, … Read More

Episode #5 Andrew De Haan Part 2

Episode #5 Andrew De Haan Part 2

January 29, 2020

Welcome Mindfulness Manufacturing community!  Enjoy more great discussions with Andrew De Haan Part 2.  He is a culture builder in automotive manufacturing.  A toolmaker with a love for people and leadership.  He touches on aspects of emotional intelligence, discusses his mistakes and successes, and shares a few laughs.  Including his mantra of -Do what is … Read More

Episode #4 Andrew De Haan Part 1

Episode #4 Andrew De Haan Part 1

January 17, 2020

Welcome Mindfulness Manufacturing community!  Today enjoy some great discussions with Andrew De Haan.  He is a culture builder in automotive manufacturing.  A toolmaker with a love for people and leadership.  He touches on aspects of emotional intelligence, discusses his mistakes and successes, and shares a few laughs.  Including his mantra of -Do what is right, … Read More

The “Who, What and Why” of Productive Meetings

The “Who, What and Why” of Productive Meetings

January 14, 2020

I am busy, lots of meetings, can’t get anything done!  A surefire way to know a drastic change is needed. There was a standard production meeting in comfy chairs that usually ran over an hour every day.  We had lots of data to review and had interesting discussions on what happened the previous day and … Read More

Does Emotional Intelligence Improve Safety?

Does Emotional Intelligence Improve Safety?

January 10, 2020

Results from one large manufacturer bear further study. Trevor Blondeel JAN 08, 2020 At the 2019 Genos Annual Global Conference in Hawaii, participants from 17 different countries heard speakers around the theme of “Emotional Intelligence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.” I was surprised to find that a session on the relationship between emotional intelligence … Read More

Episode #2 Bill Priamo Part 1

Episode #2 Bill Priamo Part 1

November 30, 2019

Exciting interview Part 1 with the one and only Bill Priamo.  It is not often Bill shares his leadership insights on social media, Mindfulness Manufacturing had the privilege of going deep with Bill on many of his leadership perspectives.  Not your typical leader with a maintenance background. 1/ 2:30 Technology development verses the connection with … Read More

Episode #3 Bill Priamo Part 2

Episode #3 Bill Priamo Part 2

November 27, 2019

Part 2 with Bill Priamo – more great discussions! 1:00 – The fear of dealing with people 5:00 Try harder – does not work – those who Bill used to think were soft, actually had a lot to offer 9:00 Timing on when to send your message, positive or negative 13:50 Awareness of others 17:20 … Read More

An Introduction Mindfulness Manufacturing

An Introduction Mindfulness Manufacturing

November 21, 2019

Episode 1:  Mike Hillman and Trevor Blondeel are excited to launch their new manufacturing podcast.  This episode provides information about how and why they decided to develop this resource.  Each episode will feature an interview with manufacturing leaders on the topics of leadership challenges.

How are You Showing Up?

How are You Showing Up?

July 17, 2019

Turn Missed Targets into Better Results with Feedback. It was a typical day in high-volume manufacturing. Our $100 million+, 300-person operation had a new task at hand, one that needed to be completed right away. To get it done, I gathered the leadership team together and explained the task that we needed to accomplish. I … Read More

A Kickstart Edge for the New Year

A Kickstart Edge for the New Year

January 15, 2018

One of my mentors Brian suggested I check out this guy Andrew Neitlich and his Center for Executive Coaching to build on my 3 Cs; Competency, Credibility, and Confidence. It exceeded my expectations and put me into turbo drive! First of all, Andrew is a unique coach and trainer, and I learned an incredible amount … Read More

Breaking the Golden Handcuffs

Breaking the Golden Handcuffs

April 12, 2017

I didn’t even know I had them on. Just over a year ago, a recruiter called me about a very interesting opportunity which could have been a good fit. Through the conversation, we discussed what my salary was at that time.  He sensed my concern in what the future position compensated. He then said to … Read More

‘I Believe In You’, and 4 Key points That Make it Real

‘I Believe In You’, and 4 Key points That Make it Real

July 19, 2016

A man almost lost his career and confidence in himself. My direct influence was pushing him one way or another. We may not be saving lives on the operating table, but I know we are shaping one’s worth. It takes two:  Leader and the student; both have to have the courage to bounce back. I … Read More