A Practical Podcast

For results-driven manufacturers that want to become even better leaders and problem solvers anytime anywhere.

Writing Problem Statements That Attract Resources

Jeremy Blake & Kirby Sneen
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #92

Enjoy this week’s conversation with our Leadership and Development Coach, Jeremy Blake, as he shares his expertise on how to write the kind of problem statements that attract resources!

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Using Data to Make Better Decisions

Ryan Swiderski and Kate Brown
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #91

On this week’s episode, Ryan Swiderski and Kate Brown share how you can use better data to optimize inventory, effectively communicate price increases, and counteract labor shortages.

What it takes to be a great team leader

Jessica Lyons, Kelly Hansen, & Diane Bartels
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #90

A lot of people think that the fastest way to increase their income is to take on a leadership role and although a raise will likely come with the promotion how do you know that you’ll really like it and be successful at it? Enjoy this week’s conversation with Jessica Lyons, Kelly Hansen, and Diane Bartels, as we discuss the challenges leaders face around communication, delegation, running meetings, engagement, ​and cross-functional collaboration.

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Becoming a Professional Team Leader

Kirby Sneen
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #89

Becoming a successful team lead hinges on your ability to lead yourself. The challenge most leaders at this level face is balancing leading a team while accomplishing hands on work. That’s why on today’s bonus episode, we share some things you can start doing and some things you should stop to help you become a more successful team leader.

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The Real Cost of Neglecting Safety

Tim Sheehan
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #88

Enjoy this week’s conversation with Tim Sheehan, the owner of OECS, as we discuss his new book Building a Safety Culture and how it can help you ensure safety really is number one for your company!

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How to Acquire a Leadership Mindset

Paul Langlois
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #87

Paul Langlois, Vice President of Enterprise Learning, careers and engagement for Ecolab discusses the four traits that will help you acquire the mindset of a leader.

Creating a Kaizen Culture

Mario Calvo
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #86

Getting people to want to change can feel impossible at times, but with a few practical tools you can be on your way to developing a Kaizen (change for the better) culture!

Reducing Rejects and Rework

Chad Moertl
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #85

On this week’s episode Chad Moertl shares how you can build quality at the source and give the customer exactly what they want!

Coachability: The Leadership Superpower

Kevin Wilde
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #84

In this special bonus episode, Kevin Wilde discusses his new book Coachability and how it will help you minimize your blind spots and maximize the positive impact you can have on others.


How to Decrease New Hire Turnover Rates

Dan West
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #83

In this week’s Podcast episode, Dan West with Blue Key Media discusses how having a realistic job preview video can help you attract the right people for the right role, and decrease turnover.