A Practical Podcast

For results-driven manufacturers that want to become even better leaders and problem solvers anytime anywhere. Updated regularly with new episodes.

Influencing without Authority

Matt Kanz
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #62

Old school leaders would dictate, demand, and often be very demeaning. The new school of leadership is all about influence. On this week’s Podcast join guest Matt Kanz, Sr. Vice President of HR for Jack Links Protein Snacks as he shares what it means to influence without authority.

Hiring when you are desperate 

Dana Stump
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #61

Join Dana Stump, the corporate recruiting manager and HR business partner with the oil and natural gas division of Graco, as she and Kirby discuss how to hire the right candidate and avoid the temptation to just hire someone.

Gaining Buy-in To Change

Chrissy Peloquin
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #60

What would it take for you to get buy-in for change? Join Chrissy Peloquin and Kirby Sneen as they discuss how you can maximize the good from change and minimize unintended consequences.

Measures of Success

Mark Graban
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Episode Ep. #59

Your metrics should guide you in getting better results not leave you feeling like you’re on a rollercoaster. If you’ve ever jumped to conclusions, wanted to get to the root cause and never found one, or want to lead your team so they use data to make improvements then this episode is for you.

Improve Retention with Stay Interviews

Tom Goettl
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #58

Stay interviews are growing in popularity for good reason. They can help you better understand the unique needs and interests of everyone on your team and do exactly what the name implies – help you retain talent.

Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Rick Bernett
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast #57

Rick Bernett shares how to improve your overall equipment effectiveness.

How Connected Products Increase Capacity

Mark Stevens
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #56

In this episode, Mark Stevens shares from his 25 years of experience in guiding companies through technology integrations and operational experience.

Preventing Problems From Happening

Ryan Fleser
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #55

In this episode Ryan Fleser, the Director of Quality and EHS at Uponor North America, shares how to take yourself and your team from fighting fires, to preventing problems from happening.

How to Eliminate Variation

Kirby Sneen
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #54

In this episode, Kirby shares a few tips and meaningful approaches to eliminate variation, so you can improve product quality, increase customer satisfaction and have fewer frustrating days.

Creating a Unified Team: Peer Group Panel

Kacinda Ruiz, Meg Hanaman, and Jill Zoschke
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Bonus Episode

In this bonus episode Kacinda Ruiz, Meg Hanaman, Jill Zoschke, and Kirby Sneen share how they have gone from an “us vs them” culture to a unified team.