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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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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From Skeptic to Believer, Ji Hye Kim Pt 3 Ep 86

In the first 8 months Ji Hye, founder and managing partner of Miss Kim, has learned the great responsibility of being a leader especially in regards to: the importance of personnel energy in the workplace, the   impact of the hiring process, and gratitude (even in the smallest of details.) In this final last episode with Ji Hye, you will hear about the results of her work thus far in her new restaurant. Continue reading From Skeptic to Believer, Ji Hye Kim Pt 3 Ep 86

Intentional Actions, Ji Hye Kim, Part 2 Ep 85

In part one with Ji Hye Kim, Managing Partner and founder of the new Zingerman’s Korean restaurant, Miss Kim we learned about her origin story coming to the US at 13 to being a new managing partner and founder of Zingerman’s newest restaurant.

In this episode we’ll look at what intentional actions she’s taken to bring the Zingerman’s ethos to life in a new venture. In her case, Visioning (something she once viewed as new-agey or just some warm and fuzzy),  Bottom Line Change, Open Book Management, and Servant Leadership. Continue reading Intentional Actions, Ji Hye Kim, Part 2 Ep 85