You Can’t Proceduralize Everything: Using Connection and Curiosity to Improve Safety and Reduce Errors

May 15, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

In a high-hazard industry like manufacturing, procedures and policy play a critical role in promoting safety, reducing errors, and ensuring the job gets done. But when you only focus on strict procedures, it can prevent you from rooting out the deeper issues in your organization. With a background as a firefighter, EMT, and military paratrooper, … Read More

Navigating a Crisis with Confidence and Curiosity: Lessons from “The Miracle on the Hudson”

May 1, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

In 2009, barely a few minutes after takeoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, a flock of birds collided with the engine of US Airways Flight 1549, causing a total engine failure. Faced with a harrowing situation, the pilot made the decision to land the plane in the Hudson River… and thanks to his calmness … Read More

How To Get Your Core Values off the Walls and Onto the Floor

April 17, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

Your organization’s core values might be seen in plaques on your walls, but are they showing up on the shop floor? Even when you think your organization has strong core values, they might not be clear through actions, behavior, and language—or if they’re outdated, your core values might actually be doing more harm than good! … Read More

How to Use Positivity to Unlock Stronger Connections

April 3, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

If you want to improve safety, quality, productivity, and results, the first step is looking toward improving connection. With more mindfulness and connection, your entire organization can thrive. But from “energy vampires” to negative self-talk, there are many factors that can stand in your way of creating a more mindful, positive organization. How can you … Read More

Why Hope Is Not a Strategy—And How You Can Replace it on the Manufacturing Floor

March 12, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

There’s a four-letter word you shouldn’t use on the manufacturing floor: hope! While hope plays a valuable role in life, relying on hope can slow productivity, increase the risk of safety issues and other problems, and negatively impact the way you show up for your team and organization. But how can you eliminate hope from … Read More

How to Use Curiosity and Compassion to Become a Self-Awareness Champion

February 21, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

Do you want to improve relationships at your organization and change the way you show up for your team? It all starts with self-awareness . . . and “self-awareness champion” Zovig Garboushian is ready to help. With years of experience in brand marketing, management consulting, and leadership development, Zovig now puts her passion and experience … Read More

Manufacture Your Own Greatness: 3 Lessons From Our New Name

February 12, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Productivity

Last month, we made a big announcement: Operations Kickstart is now Manufacturing Greatness! This new name symbolizes our mission of guiding manufacturing teams into greatness by bridging disconnect, fostering curious dialogues, and sharing the tools for finding stronger leadership and more productive outcomes. Are you ready to manufacture greatness in your own organization? Here are … Read More

Passion, Purpose, and Perseverance: Powerful Lessons from Dragons’ Den

February 7, 2024By Trevor BlondeelArticles by Trevor, Leadership, Podcast Preview, Productivity

Have you ever wanted to pitch your great ideas on a show like Shark Tank or its Canadian equivalent, Dragons’ Den? Canadian entrepreneur Tonia Jahshan had the experience of a lifetime when she and her husband pitched their loose-leaf tea company, Sipology, on Dragons’—and Tonia recently came onto the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast to give a … Read More