Is Your Team Hearing What You’re Saying? Four Ways to Use Behavior to Overcome Miscommunications

January 10, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

When you have a conversation with a team member on the manufacturing floor, you know what you’re saying . . . but do you know what your team member is hearing? Oftentimes, we think we’re being clear but others don’t hear exactly what we’re trying to say. When this happens, it leads to Communications breakdowns. … Read More

Three Ways Manufacturing Leaders Can Combat “Quiet Quitting”

December 5, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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

November 9, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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

October 28, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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

October 14, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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

September 21, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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

Using Everyday Language to Improve Manufacturing Floor Communications

July 28, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

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