A CIRAS podcast to help Iowa businesses and communities prosper and grow.
The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) at Iowa State University.
The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) at Iowa State University.
Episode 42: Mitch Matthews, Entrepreneur, Success Coach and Podcaster.
Steve Wilson and guest Mitch Matthews discuss how we are all salespeople. Mitch shares his zig-zag journey to how he became an entrepreneur, success coach, and podcaster. Learn more about Mitch's philosophy of how the ability to ask powerful questions is the key to being an effective leader and successful salesperson. Listen to Mitch and Steve discuss the power of the question and its impact on all relationships. See Mitch live in Ames at the May 17th Ivy College of Business Sales Innovation Summit co-hosted by CIRAS and the Ivy College of Business. More information and tickets for the Ivy Sales Innovation Summit: https://www.ivybusiness.iastate.edu/event/ivy-sales-innovation-summit/ * Deadline to register is May 12th, 2022. Mitch Matthews, https://mitchmatthews.com/
May 06, 2022
Episode 41: Mike O'Donnell, CIRAS Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program Director
Every two years the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), conducts a needs assessment process to better understand the needs of manufacturers in Iowa. Join me on this episode of the Industry Iowa podcast as Mike O’Donnell, shares some of the highlights of the recently released 2021-2022 report, the value it brings to Iowa manufacturers, and the work that CIRAS is doing to partner with these companies to close the gaps that were identified. To view the report: https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/files/publications/2021-2022_Iowa_Manufacturing_Needs_Assessment_Report.pdf Contact Information: www.ciras.iastate.edu, 1805 Collaboration Place, Suite 2300, Ames, IA 50010
April 05, 2022
Episode 40: Iowa's Workforce Shortage- is there an answer?
According to the most recent quarterly survey conducted by the Iowa Business Council and reported on in a February 2022 article by the Iowa Capital Dispatch, Iowa faces its worst ever worker shortage. Executive Director Joe Murphy stated, “Companies are at a tipping point with respect to their workforce. They need people more than ever”. In this episode of the Industry Iowa podcast, Brenda Martin, CIRAS Workforce Program Manager, addresses not only the concern, but more importantly the work that CIRAS is doing, along with many of the state’s economic developers, to identify and work towards solutions, both short-term and long term. I also encourage you to read “The Iowa Workforce Skirmishes” , an article written by CIRAS Director Ron Cox.
February 28, 2022
Episode 39: Bruce Hansen of the Iowa Area Development Group, IADG
Join host Steve Wilson for this entertaining and educational conversation with Bruce Hansen, V.P., Business Development for the Iowa Area Development Group(IADG). Bruce’s primary focus is supporting Iowa’s existing industry by identifying company needs and connecting them with the resources needed to foster growth. Since they began in 1985, the IADG has assisted with over 2,250 projects, over $13.2 Billion in investments, over 54,500 new and retained jobs, and 95 Industrial Parks covering over 7,329 acres of industrial land. Tune in and learn how the IADG can help your business and your community prosper, grow, and thrive
February 01, 2022
Episode 38: Melissa Burant, CIRAS Supply Chain Project Manager
What started as a response to the pandemic has grown into a movement - a formal supplier scouting movement across the country. Listen in on our conversation with Melissa Burant, Supply Chain Project Manager, CIRAS, as she talks about the intentional development of a nationwide effort to leverage connections designed to increase the availability of needed materials here in the US. Melissa also shares news about the Supplier Connection Portal that the Iowa Economic Development Authority is developing. This portal will not only be a place where suppliers can showcase who they are, where they are, and what they provide but it will also provide a way for them to connect with other manufacturers in the state. If you’re listening and not from the great state of Iowa, be sure to reach out to your state’s MEP by visiting the MEP National Network website to learn more about their supplier scouting program.
January 03, 2022
Episode 37: Jill Lippincott of the Iowa Economic Development Authority
Our guest on this episode of the Industry Iowa Podcast is Jill Lippincott of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Jill has many roles at the IEDA and most recently has been the point person for the Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Grant Program. While our main focus was the grant programs, Jill also shares some exciting news about a new supply chain resource initiative as well as manufacturing trends and what’s needed in our educational systems to support the increasingly important role technology is playing in manufacturers across the state. Did you know: There are two grant programs currently available for Iowa Manufacturers 3-75 employees - https://www.iowamfg.com/technology-investment-program/ 76-250 employees - https://www.iowagrants.gov/insideLinkOpps.jsp?documentPk=1634306143520 – Deadline to apply is 12-31-21 Manufacturing accounts for 18% of Iowa’s GDP 53% of Iowa’s manufacturers are in rural areas of the state
December 02, 2021
Episode 36: Supply Chain with Joseph Paris
Industry Iowa Host, Steve Wilson sits down with Joseph Paris. Joseph is a recognized thought leader on operational excellence; an international entrepreneur; a prolific writer; and a sought-after strategist, consultant, and speaker with engagements around the world. His book, “State of Readiness” (May 2017) has been well received and endorsed by business leaders from highly respected companies – with operations around the world and across industries – and promises to be a definitive work on the field of Operational Excellence. With over 30 years of experience in international business and operations, he is routinely called upon to offer guidance to C-suite and senior executives and business-operations and -improvement specialists who wish to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations.
October 28, 2021
Episode 35: Special Guest John "GUCCI" Foley, ILC Annual Conference Keynote Presenter
Join host Steve Wilson in great conversation with John Foley, one of Keynote Presenters for the upcoming ILC Annual Conference. John Foley is a former Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels, "Top Ten Carrier Pilot," a best-selling author and an expert on high-performance teams. As a keynote speaker, John has inspired over 1,000 organizations to increase trust, elevate execution and build a culture of excellence. No other speaker in the world shares John's life experiences. Through keynote presentations and hands-on workshops, John clearly applies his lifetime of discovery to real-world situations. He has delivered his extraordinary message at over 1,000 events, to over 1 million people worldwide. John's keynotes, workshops, and programs inspire individuals, teams, and organizations to reach and operate at their highest potential. His high-performance framework is vital for leaders reaching for the next level of success, and his Glad to Be Here® Mindset is a fundamental tool for maximizing possibility and achieving goals. John Foley's message goes above and beyond expectations. With engaging stories and electrifying videos of Blue Angel aerobatics, his presentations will give your organization a renewed spirit, purpose and energy. John’s events inspire, motivate and align teams to improve performance, strengthen teamwork, and thrive with a Glad to Be Here Mindset. Listen to John live or virtually at the 2021 ILC Annual Conference! Find out more here: https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/iowalean/ilc-learning-opportunities/ilc-annual-conference-2021/
September 22, 2021
Episode 34: CIRAS Services Showcase, the Iowa Lean Consortium
Episode #34 Hear from Tracy Schuster , Program Director of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC). The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow. Our individually tailored strategy Engage. Educate. Embed. means we work with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs. Hosted by Steven Wilson
August 31, 2021
Episode 33: Organizational Culture – What Is It? And What Can I Do About It?
Episode #33 Hear from James Mayhew , America's Chief Culture Officer on how to build culture, improve communication and boost engagement. The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow. Our individually tailored strategy Engage. Educate. Embed. means we work with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs. Hosted by Steven Wilson
July 22, 2021
Episode 32: Troy Crow on Leaning into your ERP System
Episode #32 Hear from CIRAS Project Manager, Troy Crowe about Leaning into your ERP System. The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow. Our individually tailored strategy Engage. Educate. Embed. means we work with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs.
July 02, 2021
Episode 31: ILC Mentoring Program – Part Two
Episode #31 is part two of our segment on the ILC Mentoring Program which is a members only benefit and is designed to enhance the professional experience and development of both mentors and mentees. During my conversation with Angie Steffen, Process Optimizer with Far Reach and, Danielle Roecker, Delivery Lead with Accenture Industry, we talk about why they got involved, how to make the most of the experience, the matching process used to help ensure the best fit, how it works being competitors, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about the ILC you can visit their website at https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/iowalean/or contact ILC Program Director Tracy Schuster at email@example.com
December 22, 2020
Episode 30: Is The ILC Mentoring Program: Is It For Me?
If you google the term "mentoring" you'll see that there are over 379M options to choose from. Eventually you'd find what it means to be mentored or to be a mentor but through the ILC Radio Network Podcast, you'll now have the opportunity to hear from ILC Members who are currently participating in the ILC Mentoring Program as either mentors or mentees. This episode featured Shannon Soupiset, Senior Director, Genesis Systems Group, and Justin Pedersen, Quality Manager, ALMACO. My guests discussed why they got involved in the program and the benefits they’ve received. They also share insight into how to get the most out of the experience as well as some practical how to’s.
December 14, 2020
Episode 29: Jamie Parker on Change Management in Our Unpredictable Climate
Join me as I talk with Jamie Parker of Process + Results Lean Leadership Development, on change management and what that looks like in today's unpredictable climate.
November 20, 2020
Episode 8: Jeff Dahm: The ILC - It's Progress and Vision for Growth (2017)
Jeff's passion for the ILC and it's future shine through as he gives us additional insight into the vision of the Iowa Lean Consortium and the progress that has been made since its creation in 2009. He issues a challenge to the ILC members by responding to the question, "what do we need from the members of the ILC?". Episode # 8 features Jeff Dahm, current ILC Board President and Deere and Company Factory Advisor. Jeff has 23 years of manufacturing and business improvement experience in various leadership roles and in his current position at Deere & Company as Factory Advisor, he provides guidance and coaching for the Turf & Utility and Hay & Forage product factories. He is also responsible for the development of a company-wide lean manufacturing strategy to be deployed across all of its global factories and integrated into the John Deere Quality and Production System. ***Please note, our auto-record malfunctioned and we are missing the first 12 minutes of the interview***
October 29, 2020
Episode 28: Jesse DePriest
Jessie DePriest, an Operational Excellence Coach at First National Bank in Omaha, NE and independent consultant joins me for this episode of the ILC Radio Network for a discussion on Processes. During this high energy discussion we cover such topics as process thinking at both the macro and micro level, the impact of systems on our ability to do our work, inputs and outputs, process mapping, the use of the SIPOC tool, and many, many more topics.
October 28, 2020
Episode 27: Candice Frost
In any environment, personal or professional, trust is what we refer to as a “must have”. It’s even more critical when the times and conditions are uncertain, as they are today. Join me for an informative and engaging conversation with Colonel Candice Frost, Director of Foreign Intelligence for the Army G-2 United States Army where we trust, as well as the value of mentorship and leading with purpose. Colonel Frost will be giving the keynote address at this year’s ILC Conference and this episode of the ILC Radio Network is a little taste of what she’ll be sharing.
August 28, 2020
Episode 26: Supply Chain Disruptions and What We Are Seeing
During the final episode of a three part series on the subject of COVID-19 and it’s impact on businesses across the state, Marc Schneider, CIRAS Project Manager and lead for our Industry Disaster Management Response Team, discusses and answers such questions as: Are there still supply chain issues from China? Why type of supply chain disruptions are we seeing within the US? What can we expect moving forward? What can I do if my current suppliers can’t fill my orders? Who do I talk to if I think I can start making PPE?
June 10, 2020
Episode 25: How to Protect Your Business During This Time of Uncertainty
During the second episode of a three part series on the subject of COVID-19 and its impact on businesses across the state, Marc Schneider, CIRAS Project Manager and lead for our Industry Disaster Management Response Team, discusses and answers such questions as: How do I determine if I am an “essential” business? What should I do if I suspect there has been a COVID-19 exposure at my facility? How can I practice social distancing at my facility? What steps should I be taking now to protect my business and employees?
June 08, 2020
Episode 24: What is CIRAS Doing to Help Iowa Businesses
My guest on this episode is Marc Schneider – CIRAS (Center for Industrial Research and Service) – COVID 19. During the first episode of a three part series on the subject of COVID-19 and its impact on businesses across the state, Marc Schneider, CIRAS Project Manager and lead for our Industry Disaster Management Response Team, discusses and answers such questions as: What is CIRAS doing to help Iowa Businesses? How can Iowa businesses access this assistance? Is there a cost for these services
June 08, 2020
Episode 23: Becky Halstead, Fundamental Leadership Truths, Part 2
Join me for part two of my interview with Becky Halstead, retired Brigadier General, United States Army, and founder of leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership. We will cover truths 3-5 from her book "The First Person You Must Lead Is You". Becky specializes in inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising.Becky has over 15 years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician.
January 24, 2020
Episode 22: Becky Halstead - Fundamental Leadership Truths, Part 1
Join me as I interview Becky Halstead, retired Brigadier General, United States Army, and founder of leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership. In her recent book, "The First Person You Must Lead Is You", Becky presents her five fundamental leadership truths- part one of this interview will cover the first 2 truths. Becky specializes in inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising.Becky has over 15 years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician.
January 16, 2020
Episode #21: Drew Dudley - Day One Leadership
Join me for this fast paced, interactive, and value packed interview with Drew Dudley, Founder & Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, Internationally-Acclaimed Leadership Speaker and The Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author. Drew will be a keynote speaker at this years ILC Fall Conference. Over the course of 30 minutes we talk about his book, This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters, dive into such statements as "leadership isn't in the big things, it's in the consistent things" and "live your leadership - not someone else's", and shed a little light on what attendees at this years conference can expect.
September 26, 2019
Episode 20: Jim Morgan - Lean Leadership Institute
Over the course of our discussion, Jim and I discuss such things as his role at LEI, what a Matched Pair Strategy is, practical steps to design quality into the development process and if you stick around long enough, you'll learn the "trick" to check the quality of your A3. Jim, a PhD, senior adviser for Product and Process Development at the Lean Leadership Institute, and author/co-author of two books - Designing the Future and The Toyota Product Development Systems will also be one of the keynote speakers at this years ILC Conference. Unfortunately, we had some technical issues in the booth on the day of our recording so some of my discussion with Jim was lost. However, what we were able to capture is nothing short of fascinating.
September 25, 2019
Episode #19: Joseph Paris: Operational Excellence - State of Readiness
Our guest on this episode of the ILC Radio Network Podcast is Joseph Paris, a recognized thought leader on operational excellence; an international entrepreneur; a prolific writer; and a sought-after strategist, consultant, and speaker with engagements around the world. His published book, “State of Readiness” (May 2017) has been well received and endorsed by industry leaders from some of the most respected organizations in the world and promises to be a definitive work on the field of Operational Excellence. Joe took time to expound on what Operational Excellence is and we discussed the September 12 -13 State of Readiness Workshop that he and ILC Radio Network Host Steven Wilson, will be conducting in Omaha.
August 02, 2019
Episode # 18 - Tommy Chance- Lean Journey
Tommy Chance currently serves as a Continuous Improvement Expert with Danfoss Power Solutions where he has worked for over 21 years in various roles. Tommy shares from his many years of experience allowing us to join him on his journey - what worked, what didn't and what he learned along the way. Tommy is a deep well of knowledge on "all things continuous improvement" and so you'll want to be sure and check out this episode of the ILC Radio Network. Tommy is a strong advocate for collaboration and the ILC and welcomes members to reach out to him with questions.
May 16, 2019
Episode #17: Brion Hurley: Lean Six Sigma for Good
After a career of almost over 18 years at Rockwell Collins, with much of that time in the role of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Brion Hurley founded Business Performance Improvement – an organization committed to helping for-profit and non-profit organizations alike become sustainable. And that by that, he means that they achieve “Triple Bottom Line” result. This Triple Line = People, Planet, and Profit. On today’s episode, Brion and host Steven Wilson discuss Brion’s book, Lean Six Sigma for Good, his passion for helping non-profit organizations through the use of Lean and Six Sigma, as well as how individuals can begin to insure that their companies improvement efforts see the value of adding the environment and planet to the list of stakeholders. Be sure to download a digital or audio copy for free or order the paperback.
August 28, 2018
Episode #16: Cory Kerndt - Everyone. Everyday. Go Beyond
Pella Corporation recently celebrated a milestone - 25 years of leveraging the Continuous Improvement Mindset to deliver results and develop people. Join me for an insightful discussion with Pella’s very own Sr. Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager, Cory Kerndt, as he shares lessons learned, what is needed to develop and sustain a strong CI culture, the importance of the leadership support, as well as Pella’s sense of responsibility to spread Lean thinking outside of their company.
August 09, 2018
Episode #15: Tracey and Ernie Richardson- Solving the Engagement Equation
Listen in as Tracey and Ernie Richardson, co-founders of Teaching Lean Inc and co-authors of The Toyota Engagement Equation, give us a glimpse into their own “lean journey”, speak with us about the role of culture in lean, and share their insights into what lies ahead for those traveling on this path we call Lean.
July 31, 2018
Episode #14; Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria
Join me as I interview Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria from ModusCooperandi. We will talk about their book "Personal Kanban" and all things Lean.
May 22, 2018
Episode #13 - Ellen Domb: Using Your Resources to Optimize Problem Solving
Join me as I speak with TRIZ expert Ellen Domb (www.trizpqrgroup) as she provides practical advice on using your resources (i.e. materials, information, energy, people) to optimize your problem solving efforts.
March 20, 2018
Jim Bowie - Lean Acres
Jim Bowie, dynamic Thought Leader, Speaker, and Author of "Lean Acres", joins me for what I know will be a great discussion on our shared belief that CPI (Continuous Performance Improvement) is intended to be accessible to EVERYONE. We'll also be discussing his book, "Lean Acres", which he says was written to facilitate the translation and the transfer of ownership of each of the core methodologies (including strategic planning) to EVERYONE. Jim believes that "consultants and subject matter experts will always be in demand to serve as mentors/advisor, but the spirit of CPI cannot be contained within individual Master Black Belts. It is intended to spread amongst the populace, as demonstrated on Lean Acres Farm."
February 12, 2018
Episode #11: Respect for People...The Harada Method - Norman Bodek
Everyone can set a life goal to be successful at work. Known to some as "Mr. Productivity", "Mr. Lean" and the "Godfather of Lean" teacher, author, consultant, speaker and founder of Productivity Plus. Norman Bodek joins me on this episode as we discuss the people side of Lean, respect for people and the Harada Method.
February 05, 2018
Episode #10: Lean Service Design, Sales and Marketing...a visit with Joe Dager.
To say that Joe is a practitioner of Lean is an understatement. With an extensive manufacturing background and now specializing in Service Design and Sales and Marketing, most of his recent work has been working with organizations in the Business Development area to acquire, onboard new customers and retain, create advocates of the existing. He believes, the simplification of these external practices holds the key to future growth for most companies. Join me for a fast-paced, down-to-earth information, packed podcast with one of Lean's strongest advocates and leaders in how to pay it forward.
October 27, 2017
Episode #9: Family and Friends Can Be Much Better Than Medicine...a discussion with Matt Garcia of Western Home Communities
The title of this episode came from a story that Matt shared about how he "got started" in the world of Lean and how the concept of respecting people was at the heart of it. ILC Board Member and Western Home Communities' Chief Business Development & Process Improvement Officer, Matt talks about his own personal lean journey, lessons learned along the way and also gives hiring advise for those looking to hire with Lean in mind.
October 13, 2017
Episode #7: Jamie Flinchbaugh - Build A Lean Leadership System
Jamie Flinchbaugh (www.jamieflinchbaugh.com) was my guest for Episode #7 of the ILC Radio Network Podcast. Jamie is an accomplished author, executive coach, consultant, and entrepreneur and has been practicing lean for over 27 years. He has been a frequent speaker at ILC events and so many of our audience will be familiar with his work. For this episode, I asked Jamie to share with us lessons he has learned on his lean journey (see Hitchhikers Guide to Lean) and to give us an overview of how to Build a Lean Leadership Operating System. As you listen, make sure that you have pen and paper at the ready as there is a lot of practical and sensible advise shared in these 30 minutes.
September 06, 2017
Episode #6: Joseph Paris and Rick Hulse: State of Readiness & Operational Excellence - Taking CI to the Next Level
State of Readiness & Operational Excellence - Taking CI to the Next Level: An interview with Joseph Paris and Rick Hulse Are the current Lean and Six Sigma efforts sufficient to give companies a sustainable advantage in today's volatile, competitive, and ever changing marketplace? Author, international entrepreneur, strategist, consultant and speaker Joseph Paris joins me and Rick Hulse, his longtime wingman and Executive Managing Director of Xointek, the company JP founded in 1985, as we discuss the pros and cons of today's current continuous improvement processes and programs and the necessary next steps companies must take to prepare for the harsh realities of the twenty-first century. Jonathon Taurman, director of global Lean/Operational Excellence @ GE Healthcare said it this way in his comments about JP's book, State of Readiness, "This is next -level thinking, moving from isolated standards and abnormalities, to creating a proactive organization that is developing predictive-outcome systems". To learn more about Operational Excellence and how your company can be in a constant State of Readiness, grab a copy of JP's book, State of Readiness at https://state-of-readiness.com/ and register for his 4 part Online Master Class: State of Readiness scheduled to kickoff on September 11th. Zoned Strategies will be attending and the investment is only $250. If you are interested in discussing how your business can achieve this state of readiness and would like some assistance in getting there, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-310-3019 and he'd be happy to talk with you.
August 30, 2017
Episode #5: Tom Lawless: Lean Transformations - What Lean Is and Isn't
On this episode of the ILC Radio Network Podcast, my guest Tom Lawless, president of LeanTAC and partner at the Lean Enterprise Institute, shares his experiences with lean transformations and talks about what lean is what it is not. Don't forget that he is offering all ILC Members a special discounted rate for the upcoming Leadership, Performance, Results 2017 Summit being held in Hoffman Estates, ILL September 18 - 22, 2017.
August 24, 2017
Mark Graban: Practicing Lean, Lean Healthcare & Lean's Current State
Mark Graban, Author, Speaker and Consultant joined me for a very frank discussion on the current "state of lean" during which we discussed his recent Practicing Lean project, cultural constraints to deploying CI, and Lean in Healthcare. Mark also shares some of the mistakes and lessons he learned over his 20+ years of practicing Lean. Mark will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Lean Consortium's Lean Healthcare Exchange on August 8th in Ankeny, Iowa.
July 26, 2017
ILC - Teresa Hay McMahon
Interview with Teresa Hay McMahon, Executive Director of the Iowa Lean Consortium.
May 18, 2017