Jun 17, 2020
Enjoy part 2 and pick up where we left off on episode 14!
- 1:12 Do something small. Horst talks about being a Plant
Manager and you are behind financially and on resources, do
something small, take a small step and this is not expensive and is
better than doing nothing.
- 2:59 You can’t be a spreadsheet manager. You can’t drive
results from a spreadsheet, you have to help people hands on and be
an inspired manager and help build the teams. I cannot
promise anyone it is easy, in manufacturing as a leader it is
challenging but very rewarding.
- 4:26 How did you manage your ego? Scott explains they
helped each other keep it in check, talking and having frank
discussions. Even though he is my boss I had to more than
once have a heart to heart and kick each other in the butt.
It goes back to our relationship and having different skills, we
could move mountains and we did. Horst talks about bringing
some ice cubes and cooling down, honesty and saying what you need
- 7:40 A lot of it is around empathy. Scott tells a story
about Horst. Horst didn’t get angry much but when he did we
knew it and we called it, “you used to lose your lips” your
lips would tremble, we would talk about it and joke about it but
that was always a cue for us and we would refocus. It’s your
job as a team to tell the leader when he is losing his lips or
becoming angry, or driving off the cliff, if the leader is open
minded and mindful, they will listen. This is key to a
- 13:23 Alignment. Horst talks about alignment and you as a
leader being aligned with the organization, shareholders and your
boss that's basically ownership. If you are not you will
eventually run into trouble. This applies for
everybody. I would also focus on work life balance; I was
mostly working so I would do that differently. Scott talks
about work life balance and his experiences with this.
- 15:40 What is important for you? Horst discusses the
importance of each of us truly knowing what is important to us “The
purpose of life is happiness” so you should ask yourself are you
happy? If you are not you should change it, it’s your
life! Do what make you happy!
- 19:54 Go slow to go fast. Sometimes you need to slow down
and consciously make good decisions. Horst shares his
experiences on the importance of stepping back when under stress,
step away and make good choices. Most of the time we don't
need to react right away, get all the facts and then make the
move. You have to “Go slow to go fast”!
- 24:10 The 3-legged stool. Horst explains his vision and
the analogy of “The 3-legged stool”. We used this analogy of
having 3 parts of your business, your customer, investor and
people. It’s important that all 3 legs are successful and to
focus on each of them. One can be very strong but if the
other legs are shorter or not as strong than your business is not
balanced. Each of them needs attention and balance. The
bottom line is you need a balanced business. There will be
times when one leg is stronger or shorter but over time the
responsibility of the Manager is to balance these. This
applies to any business.
- 31:04 What are you guys doing now? Horst and Scott talk
about their lives today and what each of them are busy at and enjoy
If you would like to learn more about Horst and his daughters
business, check it out at https://dancingspirittours.com/.