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Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders

MakingChips is hosted by a set of multi-generational manufacturing leaders who are on the factory floor everyday, living their lives in the world of manufacturing—they know first hand that manufacturing can be challenging. Founders Jim Carr and Jason Zenger released their first podcast in late December 2014—releasing over 300 episodes to-date, reaching more than 650,000 downloads—all while striving to deliver on their mission, to “equip and inspire the metalworking nation.” In 2019, Nick Goellner, another multi-generational manufacturing leader, joined the MakingChips hosts, bringing a third generation of manufacturing leaders to the table. Join the hosts as they work through industry challenges with leaders such as Titan Gilroy (Titans of CNC), John Saunders (NYC CNC), Mark Terryberry (Haas Automation) and more.
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Jan 27, 2016

An important part of what makes a manufacturing leader successful is their ability to think outside of the box. This line of thinking should also extend to the hiring process. Successful companies are good at bringing the right people into their team, but it isn't always so easy. What if you had the ability to see candidates in action before you made a decision about who to hire?

“Manufacturing has always been sexy... It just needs a generational communications facelift.” - Elena Valentine

This week on MakingChips, we welcome back last week's guest Elena Valentine. Elena walks us through Skill Scout's process of screening, assessing, and recommending candidates through hands-on manufacturing activities. We also discuss the Crain's Midwest Manufacturers Summit, the consequences of declining oil prices, how Skill Scout got involved in manufacturing, the "new" old way of doing things, and steps to finding the right candidate for your business. 

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:00] - Crain’s Manufacturing Summit
  • [03:15] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:40] - Welcome Back Elena
  • [06:15] - Why Manufacturing?
  • [09:40] - How Companies Experience Candidates
  • [10:11] - Skill Demonstrations and Work Samples
  • [14:15] - Learned Interview Behaviors
  • [17:00] - Finding the Right Candidate
  • [20:00] - Virtual Meaningful Conversations
  • [22:50] - Outside of the Resume
  • [24:30] - Elena’s Call to Action for Listeners
  • [25:50] - Conclusion of Episode

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Jan 20, 2016

Finding the right person for your company is crucial for building a thriving business. When recruiting for open positions, employers look for candidates with the skills, experience, and demeanor they believe will benefit their company. That said, it isn’t always easy to identify candidates who understand the needs and expectations of the job. What can an employer do to capture and relay their company's culture to a prospective candidate, while showing them exactly what the job entails? How can you more meaningfully connect a candidate to your company?

"This is not just about building your employer brand, this is about getting quality talent in the door, so that you can get them on-board right away and build your business."          - Elena Valentine

On this episode of MakingChips, we have a conversation with Elena Valentine, CEO and Co-Founder of Skill Scout. Skill Scout uses an innovative and fresh approach to connect potential employees to companies. Elena shares some of the methods the company uses to match candidates with employers, most notably in the form of video job postings. Also discussed in this episode is the Crain’s Manufacturing Summit and Jim’s recent trip to Jackson, Michigan.  

Episode Outline:

  • [00:14] - Episode Preview
  • [01:20] - Crain’s Manufacturing
  • [03:30] - Jackson, Michigan
  • [05:40] - Welcome Elena Valentine
  • [08:58] - Attracting Talent
  • [10:20] - Bringing Job Posts to Life
  • [13:45] - Better Hiring Results
  • [16:00] - Logistics Behind the Video
  • [20:52] - How to Shoot a Good Ad
  • [23:45] - Authentic Window
  • [25:20] - Success Story
  • [27:30] - Conclusion of Episode

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Jan 14, 2016

For many manufacturing leaders, the idea of delegating tasks can cause a feeling of uneasiness. Maybe you think you’ve got everything under control, or that things always have to be done your way. In reality, doing everything yourself is simply impossible, and can cause you unnecessary stress. To be an effective leader you must be able to rely on your team by learning how to delegate strategically.

"Any task that really exhausts or pulls energy from you is not something worth doing." -Jason Zenger

In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason share some simple strategies that can help you effectively delegate tasks. Also discussed in this episode is the upcoming IMTS trade show, task management in Evernote, learning to let go, and managing expectations.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] Episode Preview
  • [02:19] Manufacturing News
  • [05:10] Delegating
  • [09:10] Simple Ways to Delegate Tasks
  • [11:50] Task Management in Evernote
  • [15:04] Delegating at MakingChips
  • [17:40] Expectations
  • [21:50] Conclusion of Episode

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Jan 8, 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year, which for many is a time to start following through with resolutions and goals. Unfortunately, many people come to find that many of those resolutions don’t always pan out the way we would like them to. If you’re serious about making a change, it’s important that you put specific, time-bound goals in place to help you achieve success.

"You've got to work on the big rocks before you work on the pebbles in the sand."

In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason discuss their main goals for the new year, goal setting for your manufacturing business, a story of priorities and a jar, and manufacturing news. Using the purchase of a new CNC machine as an example, Jim and Jason show you different methods that will help you get one step closer to achieving your short, and long-term goals.

Episode Outline:

  • [0:07] - Intro
  • [1:55] - Manufacturing News
  • [06:30] - Call to Action for Listeners
  • [07:10] - MakingChips Website
  • [08:45] - Our Main Goals
  • [10:20] - Rocks
  • [14:45] - Complexity in Today’s Business World
  • [16:10] - SMART Goals
  • [20:55] - Goals for Zenger’s
  • [22:30] - Key Motivations
  • [25:00] - Jim’s Goals
  • [28:44] - Conclusion of Episode

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