Slowly, Slowly: An Endurance Athlete’s Four Lessons for Going the Distance

January 24, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

What does manufacturing leadership have in common with running marathons or climbing mountains? Steven Pivnik is the perfect person to answer this question! Steven is an entrepreneur who brough great growth and success to his company Binary Tree during his tenure as CEO. He is also an accomplished endurance athlete, who has reached the summits … Read More

Three Lessons for Growing and Harnessing Your Infinite Influence

January 10, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

On the manufacturing floor, you influence people every day, from encouraging a valued supplier to stay with your organization to motivating an underperforming team member to step up their game. But what exactly is influence, and how can you unlock the skills you need to improve the way you influence your team? Alyson Van Hooser … Read More

A Focusologist’s Three-Step Process for Finding Your Reset Mindset

December 27, 2023By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

While you’re working at a fast-paced manufacturing plant with multiple demands on your time and energy throughout the day, it can feel impossible to find a moment to focus! When this happens, you might feel like you’re losing track of what matters most to you and your team, like improving safety, boosting productivity, and strengthening … Read More

More Than Positive Thinking: A Psychologist’s Lessons for Finding a Productive Approach to Positivity

November 29, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

“Just think positive!” We’ve all heard this saying dozens of times in our lives. It’s likely you’ve even said it yourself to a friend or coworker struggling with a challenge or setback. But is “just think positive!” really helpful, or is it nothing more than a trite motivational phase? Could we all benefit from shifting … Read More

Relationships, Realities, Results, and Authenticity: The Equation for Success

October 5, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

“How can I be my most authentic self at work?” Throughout her years working in the male-dominated auto manufacturing industry, recent Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast guest Kathy Miller was no stranger to this question. For women like Kathy, it can be a challenge to find the balance between holding their own on the floor and staying … Read More

Win the Day! Using Motivation, Engagement, and Intentionality to Find Productive Results

September 21, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

Are you winning? I love to ask this question when I enter a manufacturing plant, and it’s always interesting to see the variety of results. I recently had my own win—reaching Episode 100 on my Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast! I started the podcast in 2019, and have released an episode every two weeks without a single … Read More

“What Else Can I Do to Help?” And Other Ways to Be Relentlessly Helpful

September 6, 2023By OpKicksArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

“What else can I do to help?” When Susan Baier, a professional speaker and the founder of Audience Audit, was fresh out of college, this simple question changed the entire trajectory of her career. As she recently shared as a guest on my Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, Susan was in an interview with an advertising professional … Read More