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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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Jul 20, 2016

It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work at the same business.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the relationships give rise to suspicions of favoritism or unfair treatment. We see this a lot in family business, government, everywhere.  After all, it’s in our human nature to help those we love and who are like us but is it good for the business? What should your company do to avoid nepotism?

"Growing up [in the family business], you were very cognizant of the fact that employees thought you were being treated in a different way." - Jim Carr

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim & Jason share their experiences with family in the business and lay out 7 different ways to avoid nepotism in the workplace.

Episode Structure:

  • [02:15] - Sandvik Coromant Video
  • [03:22] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:56] - Listener Email
  • [10:00] - What is Nepotism?
  • [13:36] - Seperation
  • [19:00] - Evaluation
  • [20:02] - Hiring Process
  • [24:30] - Conclusion of Episode
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Ways to Avoid Nepotism:
  1. Reinforce that being a part of the family or a friend may get you in the door, but you have to perform - and probably to a higher level and without as much praise.
  2. Owner separation from job role - starts at the top.
  3. Clear and consistent manner of evaluation backed up by data and multiple examples as evidence.
  4. Job description that includes specific goals.
  5. Stated hiring process.
  6. Exclude family members from awards & contests.
  7. Family members should work somewhere else first - in relation to younger workers.

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jul 7, 2016

How is digital manufacturing going to affect the modern machine shop?

On this episode of MakingChips, we are joined by Jeff Rizzie, Senior Manager of Business Development at Sandvik Coromant. Jeff talks with us about the next phase of digital manufacturing and what changes we can expect to see in the future in terms of process improvement and efficiency. He also shares some key steps to help you start digitizing in your manufacturing shop. In manufacturing news, we talk about open-book management and what one firm is doing to help implement that system. Also discussed is the highly anticipated Mastermind Series and Workshop, as well as the upcoming IMTS 2016.

Episode Structure:

  • [01:35] - Audio/Video
  • [02:45] - Manufacturing News
  • [07:53] - Mastermind Series and Workshop
  • [11:11] - What’s Going On at ZENGERS
  • [14:55] - Welcome Jeff Rizzie
  • [16:30] - What Is the Future of Manufacturing?
  • [21:45] - Process vs Discreet Manufacturing
  • [24:40] - Key Steps to Start Digitizing
  • [29:01] - Extracting Information from a CNC
  • [31:38] - Process Improvements / Efficiency
  • [37:05] - Sensors and Extra Technology
  • [41:20] - Conclusion of Episode

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We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
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