MakingChips Reviews Our Own Performance Reviews, 343
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner
2d ago
Are you conducting performance reviews in your business? Have you found a way to structure them to be useful? In this episode of MakingChips, Jason and I talk about how we structure our performance reviews, why we do them consistently, and why they matter. Your teams need to be performing at a high level. Why? If they’re not achieving their goals, they’re not MakingChips, and if they’re not MakingChips, we’re not making money! BAM! – Nick Segments [0:16] Get 25% off an annual Thomas™ subscription with code CHIPS25 [2:33] Jason’s favorite manufacturing memory from 2022 ..read more
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MakingChips Interviews ChatGPT about Manufacturing Leadership, 342
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Nick Goellner, Jason Zenger
1w ago
ChatGPT is a chatbot that is making waves in artificial intelligence. It’s not your typical chatbot that produces canned robotic answers. So in this episode of MakingChips, we put ChatGPT to the test. We asked the bot five questions about manufacturing and its answers will surprise you. Plus, we share how this AI can be useful to the manufacturing nation. Because if you're not taking advantage of technology, you’re not MakingChips, and if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM! – Jason Segments [0:20] Get 25% off an annual Thomas™ subscription with code CHIPS25 [3:45 ..read more
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Are Dogs a Manufacturing Leader's Best Friend? 341
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by Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner, Mike Payne
3w ago
Are you looking for a way to give back to your local community? We started MakingChips as a way to serve the manufacturing nation with no strings attached. Mike Payne—the President of Hill Manufacturing & Fabrication—found a unique way to do just that. He and his team started fostering dogs last year as a way to give back to their community. How has it gone? How has it also benefited his team? We share his unique story—and why giving back is so important for manufacturing leaders to embrace—in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not giving back, you’re not MakingChips, and ..read more
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A MakingChips Farewell to a Classic Carr, 340
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by Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner
1M ago
It’s official: Jim Carr is leaving MakingChips. He’s stepping back to take more time to focus on Carr Machine & Tool. Jim has been an integral part of the success of MakingChips. So in this episode, I’ll share six things I’ve learned from Jim that are impactful in both business and  life. We’ll sure miss our banter, but we’ll keep MakingChips, because if we aren’t MakingChips, we aren’t making money. BAM! – Nick Segments [1:58] A MakingChips farewell to Jim Carr [4:58] Manufacturing news: Automotive manufacturing shifting south [7:14] Lesson #1: If you need time to think about someth ..read more
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Social Media in Manufacturing Part ll
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner
1M ago
In this special episode of MakingChips, we are taking my journey with MakingChips full circle by recording a follow-up episode to our very first episode, “Social Media in Manufacturing,” which aired in December 2014. This episode will cover why we still care about social media in manufacturing and what platforms you should leverage. Because if you aren’t leveraging social media, then you aren’t MakingChips. And if you aren’t MakingChips, then you aren’t making money. BAM! — Jim Segments [5:32] Why am I leaving MakingChips? [8:14] Do we need social media marketing? [9:46] What’s ..read more
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Extreme Ownership for the Manufacturing Leader, 338
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jim
1M ago
Have you read the book, “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin? The book talks about the mindset of Navy SEALs and how the techniques they employ in and out of combat can be embraced by leadership. So in this episode of MakingChips, we break down some of the facets of extreme leadership and share how they’re applicable to the manufacturing nation. Because if you’re not taking extreme ownership of your business, you’re not making chips. And if you’re not making chips, you’re not making money. BAM! – Nick Segments [3:02] What the end of the year lo ..read more
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Using Discretion in Your Collection Tactics: It May Cost You the Customer
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jim Carr, Jason Zenger
2M ago
When do you ask customers to pay their invoices? How do you ask your customers to pay their invoice(s)? Collecting on a debt that’s owed is an art and a science. You have to be careful so you don’t lose a customer. In this episode of MakingChips, we cover a recent frustrating situation I dealt with that should have been handled differently—because they just might lose me as a customer. Don’t miss this episode to hear the whole story! – Jim Segments [3:06] What’s happening at ZENGERS and Carr Machine & Tool [7:12] Using discretion in your collection tactics [9:10] Manufacturing n ..read more
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People, Process and Performance (CV Manufacturing Conference)
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner, Mike Allison, Ryan Howard
2M ago
We believe that there are three components to running a great manufacturing company: People, process, and performance. And properly managing each of these areas will drive the success of your business. In this episode of MakingChips, we moderate a panel at the CV Manufacturing Conference with special guests Mike Allison and Ryan Howard. We cover everything from finding and retaining top talent to achieving and sustaining high-output results. Don’t miss this special edition of the MakingChips podcast! Segments [1:20] How MakingChips got its start [4:28] Introducing Mike Allison ..read more
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Are Sleepy Leaders Better Leaders?
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jason Zenger, Jim Carr
2M ago
Do you struggle to sleep at night? Do you lay in bed and think about work and show up in the morning exhausted? Guess what—sleepy leaders are NOT better leaders. I’m going to share why I think that and how manufacturing leaders can get higher-quality shut-eye in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s like being drunk on the job. And if you’re drunk, you’re certainly not MakingChips, and you’re not making money. BAM! Segments [2:39] What’s happening in our businesses [5:23] What’s keeping you up at night?  [7:04] Why sleep is important to your overal ..read more
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Manufacturing a Successful Business and Marriage
The Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders
by Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, Nick Goellner, Jamie Marzilli, Lee Marzilli
2M ago
I met Jamie and Lee Marzilli at ProShop ERP’s happy hour event while we were at IMTS 2022. When I heard how they founded and grew a machine shop as a married couple, I knew we needed to have them as guests on MakingChips. So in this episode, Jamie and Lee share their background in machining and how they built Marzilli Machine from the ground up. Don’t miss hearing about their grassroots success story!  Segments [2:35] A husband and wife team on MakingChips! [5:31] The definition of teamwork (makes the dream work) [6:05] Recruiting and hiring in our businesses [9:12] The Hawkeye Community ..read more
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