Kieron Hales: Family, Lean, and Failure Equal Employee Engagement

Great story of an English kid, a prodigy really, in music and cooking that has found a new family in the town of Dexter, Michigan and his business that is part of the Zingerman’s Community, Cornman Farms.

Creating a work family.
Lean and it’s importance to business and employee engagement.
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Create Amazing Work and Change the World, Ep 90

I spent a few minutes with Valentina Silva, Communications Specialist at the Zingerman’s Service Network. Our talk ranges from her day to day to what her challenges and opportunities are for the future. She offers an employee perspective on a company that practices open book management and one that is known for it’s positive company culture.

Todd Reed and Valentina Silva

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Failure is the Best Way to Move Forward, Kieron Hales Ep 89

In the first episode we learned that Kieron Hales, Managing Partner of Cornman Farms, is multi-talented and is moved to creating a family. He intentionally looks to garner the input of his team through lean and open book practices. This week we look at the results of this inspiration and intentionality. The biggest lesson, he didn’t know anything when he started and failure is the best way to move the company forward.

Listen into the end of my conversation with Kieron and I’ll catch you on the other side.

The Big Board at Cornman Farms – Open Book Management at Work

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Lean Begins at Home, Ep 88

In this episode Kieron Hales, Managing Partner of Cornman Farms, will go into more of the philosophies of running an event space and working farm. It’s cool to hear his passion to run a purpose, people, profit driven business that equals his passion for food.

Cornman Farms Main House

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13 Yr Old Prodigy to Business Owner, Kieron Hales Ep 87

At 13, Kieron Hales was a classically trained bassoonist and on his way to chef school and apprenticeship in London.  He would go on to serve the Queen, 3 US Presidents, and live in 27 countries. After all that he finds himself managing partner (owner) of Cornman Farms, the Zingerman’s Catering and Event Space located near Ann Arbor, MI.

Kieron Hales (l) Managing Partner of Cornman Farms

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