Why Your Values and Company Culture Must Align with Jim Mayer, Host of the Manufacturing Culture Podcast

In every manufacturing organization, company culture is key to success. But what does company culture really mean? And how can manufacturing leaders ensure the culture in their organization is the best it can be? 

Jim Mayer, founder of TCO Strategies and host of the Manufacturing Culture Podcast, joins Manufacturing Happy Hour to share his thoughts. He provides a super-simple definition of company culture, describing it as the alignment of values between employees and the organization. 

In the episode, we also look at what got Jim interested in manufacturing culture to begin with and how he caught the podcasting bug, sharing insights into industry culture on his weekly show. Jim tells us how his podcast guests have shifted his perspectives of the industry and provides actionable advice for budding podcasters in manufacturing. 


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. A lot of companies aren’t afraid of automation. But they’re not culturally ready for automation.  
  2. Identify who you are now and who you want to be in the future as an organization.  
  3. A job candidate can be an incredible fit on paper, but not be a cultural fit for your organization 

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “There’s a lot of ways people can get the podcast exposure they’re looking for, without having to take the time, money and effort to do it on their own.” 
  • “If you start talking about culture and engagement and what you want that to be, then you don’t do anything with it, your culture is going to plummet.” 
  • “When it comes to podcasting – if you’ve got that niche, give it a go.”

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What We Discuss with Jim Mayer

  • What got Jim interested in manufacturing 
  • What he has learned from carrying out engagement surveys 
  • Something Jim has learned since starting his podcast 
  • His thoughts on the automation culture paradox in SMB manufacturers 
  • How companies can become culturally ready for automation 
  • The stories that shifted Jim’s perspective of manufacturing culture 
  • Jim’s favorite comedy movies 
  • What to do if you think you’re late to the game with your concept or idea 
  • Jim’s advice for budding manufacturing podcasters 
  • Jim’s questions for Chris 

Recommended Resources

  • Manufacturing Culture Podcast, every week, Jim Mayer interviews a different leader in the manufacturing industry, and they explore where the culture was, where it is now, and where they want to get it
  • Wild Roots, a cozy American restaurant in West Allis ,WI offering seed-to-table cuisine, including their should-be-legendary duck fat burger
  • Chelsea’s Kitchen, a bustling, industrial-chic comfort food eatery in Phoenix’s Uptown neighborhood with great cocktails and an awesome patio overlooking a canal
  • Bourbon & Bones, a cocktail-forward chophouse in Old Town Scottsdale serving bone marrow shooters, steak, and seafood with a large bourbon selection

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