Three Steps for Staying Curious

January 31, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership

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

Good Intentions, Wrong Outcome: Stop Focusing on Changing behavior and inspire changes in thinking

January 17, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership

“Put on your own mask before assisting others.” If you’ve recently been on a plane, you probably heard this phrase during the pre-flight safety instructions. If there is an emergency that requires oxygen masks, you’re encouraged to put on your own oxygen masks before helping others. If you lose consciousness from a lack of oxygen, … Read More

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

January 3, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Culture, Leadership

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

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

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