Three Questions for Changing Behavior

September 16, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership, Productivity No Comments

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

Think & Grow Rich

September 5, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Book Reviews, Leadership

Think & Grow Rich | Author: Napoleon Hill, 1937 What’s It All About? Can a book written in 1937 still be relevant today? At first, I was skeptical that a book written so long ago could still have lessons for today’s leaders. But after I read another book, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, … Read More

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

July 5, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership No Comments

“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

June 23, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership, Podcast Preview No Comments

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

May 24, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership, Podcast Preview No Comments

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

April 29, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership, Podcast Preview No Comments

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

What Keeps Women Out of Manufacturing Leadership Roles — and What We Can Do to Break Down Barriers

March 28, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview No Comments

Did you know that women only make up 43% of the total workforce? As this recent statistic shows, the numbers are even smaller in manufacturing industries, with female employees rarely making it to higher-up leadership positions. This means that women in manufacturing are a massively untapped market, even in the midst of ongoing worker shortages. … Read More

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

March 25, 2022By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Empathy, Leadership, Podcast Preview No Comments

“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