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Lynn Friesth is an advanced manufacturing strategist and leadership consultant who is on a mission to show manufacturing leaders how to improve their current operations while preparing for a digital future. He's a productivity coach, industry 4.0 blogger, and future workforce developer for forward thinking leaders who are struggling to find the workforce I need, the time to work on improving their business, and need "small" solutions to get started finding new success. Leading the Factory Fo ...
 
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While you may be a company of one, you still can’t do it all. Every one of us needs other people to come alongside us and help us throughout our entrepreneurial journey. The Kaufman Foundation puts it this way: “Innovation thrives in dense networks.” Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy emphasize “Who, Not How” in their new book. Finally, my good friend…
 
Today, we are revisiting the concept of emotional intelligence and the entrepreneur. Whether you’re on your own in business, leading a small to mid-sized company, or operating as a leader in any capacity, emotional intelligence plays a role in your life. In this episode, I will be discussing exactly how it impacts you as a leader. However, there ar…
 
The key to success is taking charge. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee, you have to take full responsibility for everything you think, say, and do. That is the only way to show up, step up, and live up to this one-and-only life you’ve been given. I'm honored to have my friend Ann Vertel on the show today to talk more about this. Ann is …
 
Most businesses operate at the expense of the owner’s sanity. Entrepreneurs burn themselves out because they try to do it all. What’s the solution to this problem? Build teams you can trust. This is something that Trivinia Barber experienced firsthand. As a result, in 2012 she founded her company, Priority VA, which is now one of the world’s leadin…
 
This episode is a little different. It’s not about running your business, but about how to make a transition. Joining us to discuss this is Dan Allen. Dan had a wide-ranging career from which he retired last January. He is experienced in Human Resources, Labor Relations, partnering with senior leaders, collective bargaining, and supporting both man…
 
Michael Simmons is an author who has done extensive research on the topic of accelerated change in the workplace. He studied the work of 10 different authors who had written on this issue of the acceleration of digital capitalism and the acceleration of time. Simmons spent over 100 hours reading these top 10 books and articles and provided a summar…
 
The pandemic has affected each of us. The impact has been felt differently depending on our place in life, but nobody has emerged unscathed. One segment of the population that has been especially burdened is working moms. Working from home, virtual learning, and continuing motherly duties have made the past year extremely hard for these women. In t…
 
A big part of leadership is coaching. As a leader, you are likely going to coach others and be coached yourself. An important key to coaching is having good listening skills. This skill will not only help you through challenging conversations you are bound to have but will also contribute to your success as a leader in general. I’m so excited to di…
 
There is a crisis in the manufacturing workforce. To put it simply, there just aren’t enough workers to meet the workforce demands. Across the country, unemployment is high, and yet there are more than enough jobs in manufacturing--just not enough people. This is the topic we are discussing in today’s episode. We are diving deep into both the cause…
 
Throughout our lives, we will enter seasons of increased responsibility. In these new seasons, we may be expected to be stronger leaders or to take greater initiative for making change happen. Maybe you’ve recently entered a new company or department, moved into a new role within your company, or the expectations for your existing position were upd…
 
The current workforce is becoming more automated than ever. Jobs that were once done manually can now be done by robots. That trend will only continue to grow in the years to come. So, with that on the horizon, why are Boomers vital to the future of work? What value do they bring right now? When workers retire, we often ignore them as part of the w…
 
We’ve all attended a presentation only to leave and immediately forget everything we’d learned. Why does this happen? Likely, the presenter wasn’t interactive, didn’t make the presentation fun for everyone, and didn’t tell stories. These common mistakes make the audience bored and unlikely to retain any information. On the other hand, when presente…
 
Is your business growing in a way that easy tasks you used to do now feel like more of a chore? And you feel like you can’t trust to hire anyone because you’re the only one who knows how to do it. Or you probably are the only one at your company. Sooner or later, you know you have to offload some of the work that’s been taking up most of your time …
 
As leaders, the way we communicate with our customers and employees has changed over the past year. How do you then make sure you’re able to get the right message across to the right audience at the right time? In this episode, we will be talking with Russ Walker, a communications expert who has spent over 30 years of communications experience with…
 
Whether you’re leading a manufacturing business or you’re a silver entrepreneur, it’s important to be clear on who you’re selling your products, services, or ideas to – literally. You can’t sell to just anyone and everyone. In the end, organizations don’t buy from you, but people do. Today, I’m going to discuss some simple steps to help you create …
 
What is the future of manufacturing? Think about mass customization, product and process optimization, as well as finished goods such as phone covers, dental aligners, clothing, shoes, and whatnot. Joining me today is Chris Hill as we talk about Additive Manufacturing. Chris is the Technology Assistance Program (TAP) Director at The Center for Indu…
 
I'm honored today to be talking with Lee Cockrell about creating Disney magic for your organization. Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years, Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, …
 
Start your year right as I’m sharing some ideas that I have found about getting off to a great start in 2021. Specifically, I’m sharing key insights from these four different teachers and authors and which I've always found useful: Jonathan Milligan - Your Message Matters Paul Axtell - Meetings Matter Marshall Goldsmith - Triggers James Clear - Ato…
 
After a fulfilling and exciting 26-year career at the Walt Disney Company, working 19 different jobs (including Vice-President of the Magic Kingdom), Dan Cockerell decided it was time for his next life change. He and his wife, Valerie started their own consulting and speaking business. Today, Dan talks about his journey after Disney – not without c…
 
What better way to end this year than an honest self-reflection so we’re ready to move forward in 2021. In this episode, I’ll be sharing some reflections on my journey in 2020. I'm going to answer a series of questions, which I got from the newsletter of a well-known author and business development person, Pamela Slim. Here are the questions I’ve a…
 
I am delighted to have Kurt Heiar, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Iowa Statewide Venture School Program. He will share his insights from helping hundreds of entrepreneurs develop their dreams. He works with 7 different locations in the state of Iowa with many people exploring startups in each location. Kurt has led 5 startups…
 
When a person brings a problem to us, the first instinct is we default to solving problems and providing answers. But a better move is to help people think through the problem. And this is essentially what coaching is all about. In this episode, we have executive coaches Lori Glander and Rena Gainey as they walk us through the process of the Simple…
 
Today, let’s talk about podcast magic and how silver entrepreneurs can leverage podcasting to showcase what they do. And if you've had a 26-year corporate career, you don't even know how to start, where to go, what program to use, or how to go about it. You could learn all those skills and be mediocre at them. Or you can get the resources you need …
 
In today’s episode, Jeff Allspaugh, the Regional Manager of IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center), shares his insights into the current trends in manufacturing, specifically in Illinois. In 2019, IMEC communicated with thousands of Illinois manufacturers, assisting over 800 companies with a thousand value-added projects and saving or crea…
 
How do you optimize labor hours and avoid big cost downtimes? Today, Conor Flaherty is sharing his insights into developing predictive maintenance programs to both minimize costs and to create more output. Conor runs Reliability & Predictive Maintenance Services. They're a division of one of the largest Shell distributors in the country. They offer…
 
In this episode, I’m talking with Mandy Parchert. She is a workforce development partner at HNI Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa. She has led a community effort to work on building the future manufacturing workforce in our local area. Mandy works with anyone from K through 12, to community members, politicians, and just about anyone necessary to incr…
 
One of the least favorite things in a manufacturing organization is to look for a certain stock you can't find. What would you do to eradicate that pain point? In this episode, I am going to be talking with Jaimy Szymanski about the findings she’s seeing in the Internet of Things and how manufacturing leaders can get started. Jaimy is an industry a…
 
In this episode, I am talking with Jonathan Milligan about his new book, Your Message Matters, How to Rise Above the Noise and Get Paid for What You Know. Jonathan Milligan is an author, blogger, speaker, and online business coach. He has spent the last decade guiding and directing creative professionals on how to pursue meaningful work. In his boo…
 
In this episode, DisruptHR CEO Jennifer McClure talks about personal branding and how you can effectively use your LinkedIn profile to build your brand. Jennifer has been a featured speaker at over 350 HR events both in the U.S. and around the globe. She has been sharing her knowledge on the Future of Work, Talent Strategies, and Developing High Im…
 
Whether you’re retiring or you’re looking for your next step – but you just don’t know where to put your expertise to use, there’s still a lot you can do to make an impact in our society. There are talent gaps out there. Companies are still short of talent. They're puzzled about where they can find new talent in areas where they need to help people…
 
In this episode, Paula Sparks talks about Leadership. She has a rich history of developing leaders and teams at all levels and helping them understand and shape organizational cultures. Today, Paula shares her perspectives on leadership and how it affects small- to medium-sized leaders and leaders of any type. In her 40-year experience, Paula had s…
 
Why is mindset important? Mindset is the linchpin that creates the foundation for your progress and success. Therefore, the kind of viewpoints or perspectives that you bring to your work – and your life – make all the difference in what you can accomplish and create. In this episode, I am talking about how you, as a leader, can achieve the right mi…
 
Did you know there are around 15,000 books in the business category that are released in a given year? And sometimes, the best-selling books aren't the best books. So how do you sift through all of that? In this episode, I am talking with Jeff Brown of the Read to Lead Podcast, where he reviews 50 books per year and he often interviews the authors …
 
In this episode, I am going to talk about what I’ve termed the “Silver Entrepreneur,” which is an expansion of my journey. Companies are still short of talent, and when they can find new talent from new areas, they need to help them build skills. Meanwhile, the majority of the older population are either being released or retiring in their 60’s – t…
 
As a leader, sometimes, what makes you so good can also take you down. And the last thing you want is getting hurried, stressed, or worse, burned out. In this episode, I’m talking with Bryan Paul Buckley, an experienced coach, speaker, author, and dynamic business traveler. Bryan is the author of The Elite Road Warrior: Six Energy Habits to Master …
 
Leadership is dangerous, especially when you're leading in uncertain and difficult times. You’re going to be asking people to move out of their comfort zone and move into an uncertain future. And they’re probably not going to thank you for that. So, how do you need to lead and stay alive through the danger of leading? In today’s episode, I’m discus…
 
In today's episode, I'm bringing in podcast producer and digital marketer, Danny Ozment, as we talk about how podcasting can drive your business. Danny started working on podcasts for free and five years later, he has built this podcast agency and is now working with 30 different clients each week (including me!). Especially during these challengin…
 
If you’re thinking about filling your talent needs, it’s important you understand there’s a huge reservoir of talent sitting on the sidelines. Think silver talent. As a silver entrepreneur myself, stepping out of a role where I was an expert and then immigrating into a new, different arena was quite challenging. After all, who am I to share my expe…
 
Imagine setting up your home office while your kids are doing their online schooling in another room. Welcome to the future of work! In this episode, I’m interviewing the amazing digital strategist and copywriter Maggie Rowe. Maggie works with small businesses and entrepreneurs in digital marketing, and she’s been working from home for six years no…
 
In this episode, I'm going to review an excellent book by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, called Managing the Unexpected, Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity. This 2001 book is about the time of the tech recession. It was a time of disruption, which makes this book extremely relevant today. The big concept the authors have di…
 
Especially, in today’s economic climate, having a strong online presence is more important than ever. We can no longer do in-person meetings and networking like we used to do before. And this is a challenge for many small businesses. In today’s episode, digital marketing strategist Roxanne Oates shares her knowledge and expertise as a certified Onl…
 
In this episode, we will explore what Google found out about creating high-performing teams in their project, Aristotle. Google specifically discovered five key success elements of high-performing teams as well as five additional supporting success factors. Learn how these can be translated into your team and your organization as a whole. Join me i…
 
In this episode, I’m talking about the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a national network of experts dedicated to helping U.S. manufacturers. They can be a big help at any time – but especially during these times of change, they have a lot of great resources that we can all glean from. MEP's foundation is built upon its partnerships. MEP can s…
 
Today, I’m continuing on with some ideas to help you move through this crisis and hopefully begin your recovery. I offer some additional perspectives on using this time to learn and plan your recovery. I will share why I believe NOW is a great time to think deeply about your value proposition. And then finally, I'll talk about how to actually get s…
 
Today, I continue the conversation about how we, as manufacturing leaders, can work through this pandemic we’re currently facing. This is the 5th episode of this series. First, we'll talk about some of the internal work that you can do right now. And then I’m sharing a few ideas for you to consider as to how you can approach leadership during this …
 
We are here to help you create a compelling future for yourself, your teams and your organization. This is the 4th episode to help you deal with our current crisis around the COVID-19 virus. This series of episodes will be around how I see things at the time of the recording, but clearly, things can be changing quickly as the crisis moves forward. …
 
Today I continue the conversation about how manufacturers can lead their team and organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders are asking questions like, 'How can I support my organization?" In this episode, I will further explore why now is a great time to stay connected with your employees, stakeholders, customers, or supply chain. I also o…
 
This week I continue my discussion on how manufacturers can lead their team and organization through this time of crisis. In this episode, I will be discussing three phases that we should be considering right now: how to survive and support our team, planning for business recovery, and engaging in business recovery. We'll dive deeper into these con…
 
This episode is about our current crisis with the Novel Coronavirus. I'm not a medical or government expert. However, I wanted to offer some thoughts on how you, a manufacturing leader, might think about and approach your current way of business. In this episode, I cover five key areas you can focus on, right now, to help weather the current storm.…
 
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