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On the Learnings and Missteps Podcast, Jesse and Rene dig into the stories of the men and women who have built careers in the construction industry. Each guest, from front line installers to Executives, intimately describes their earliest career aspirations to the current day and how they intend to impact the world going forward. Let us bend your ear and join us in our efforts in Enhancing the image of Careers in Construction.
 
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Being a little too careless on the job site or not having the proper gear can mean big consequences… or at the very least, a major reality check! In this episode, I speak with Pete Zeppetella, a licensed journeyman carpenter and CEO of Zepps Gear. Before getting into the trades, Pete actually dreamed of being a clothing designer. Fortunately for hi…
 
One thing the trades industry needs more of is support. Support for one another’s success, support for a better work/life balance, support in achieving goals and promotions, and frankly, more support for women. In this episode, I welcome Carole Raftrey, a 30-year iron worker based in New York City and President of Iron Workers 197. Carole has exper…
 
If one thing’s certain about working in a non-traditional role, it’s that you’ll never retire without a learning and misstep. Thankfully, we have people like Angela Gardner to empower women to build non-traditional careers, despite how dirty or unconventional it might be, and to create supportive communities for women in the trades so they can trul…
 
In a world that’s so demanding and fast-paced, it’s important that we slow down and connect with ourselves and each other. That’s the main lesson this week’s guest has learned (and is still learning) along her career path. In this episode, I welcome Christi Powell, Co-Founder of Women Confidence Builders, WBE-certified Sales Representative for 84 L…
 
With the recent influx of technology and digital innovation, every business in every industry has the opportunity to become more efficient, sustainable, and optimize their processes. People in the trades are no exception! So, what happens when you mix digital innovation, financial education, and the trades? Here’s a hint… it involves SUCCESS. In th…
 
Female and minority contractors need more representation, compensation, and respect in their industry. There’s no doubt about it! But how do we make that happen? This week’s guest is a prime example of that mission coming to life. In this episode, I welcome Demetria Bivens, Managing Member at dlb Consultants and Senior Executive Director of Busines…
 
Gabriel Garcia shares some the recruiting secrets Marek uses to engage High School students in accessing fruitful careers. With early dreams as a Rockstar he found an environment he would thrive in on the jobsite. Understanding the value of giving back to the community, Gabriel took a leadership role as the Build Competition Rockstar with Texas Con…
 
As professionals in the trade industry, we have the power to do more than just pour concrete, weld metal structures, or build an elevator car… we have the power to build people and create a sense of depth, or deeper meaning, in our industry. In this episode, I welcome Edward A. Rivera, also known as Your Elevator Pal. Ed is a Modernization/Construc…
 
This one’s for the gals out there! From the construction industry to the petro-chemical industry, women have the power to find success, empowerment, and fulfillment in industry careers. Whether you know what you want to do after high school, you can’t figure it out, or you’re an adult who wants to pivot in your career path, this week’s guest may be…
 
We’ve all heard about the importance of integrating more STEM into children’s education, but could STEM magnet schools be the future of education in America and around the globe? Is it the best way to get more women into the trades and construction industry? In this episode, we welcome Kate Gause, a Project Engineer at ISEC, Inc. Kate attended Cons…
 
What are the best ways to avoid job site conflict? Why is it important to invest in your employees? What if there was a leadership and professional development course created by tradespeople for tradespeople? Well, get ready because this week’s guest has tons of insights on job site management and being a leader… PLUS, he’s creating that leadership…
 
We need to bring love and meaning back into the construction industry. Like a relationship, if your life and your career are built on a strong foundation of love, care, and compassion, it’s going to take something tremendous to tear you down. So, how can we start pouring these elements into the foundation of the construction industry? In this episo…
 
Although there’s an immense lack of skilled tradespeople, there’s still tremendous investment going into our nation’s infrastructure. It’s great that the US has the money to improve infrastructure, but if you don’t have the people to do the work, it can’t be done. That’s why Rock the Trades was born. In this episode, we have Christopher Brenchley, …
 
We’ve all heard the term “starving artist” … In fact, it’s a phenomenon that often deters creatives from pursuing their talents and turning them into a career. Today’s guest has completely busted the “starving artist” archetype to smithereens and turned her passion into a lucrative full-time career. In this episode, I speak with Barbie The Welder, …
 
When we cross the finish line together, we can celebrate together. Teams that don’t recognize that are painfully missing out on the beauty of collaboration and humanity. At the end of the day, you can choose to make your work painful or you can choose to make it collaborative, creative, and rewarding. So, which will you choose? In this episode, I s…
 
As professionals in construction, we often focus too much on hard skills, or the specific knowledge and capabilities we need to complete the job. Too often, we forget about soft skills, like communication, adaptability, and teamwork. Both are needed to be successful in your career, so let’s dive into the power of developing soft skills in construct…
 
Blue is the New White: The Value of Skilled Trades for the Youth Today Do you know the value of skilled trades for you as a young person and society at large? The skilled trades industry has many opportunities and possibilities that can lead you to some of the most lucrative jobs out there and a fat check. In this episode, we have Josh Zolin, CEO o…
 
Wouldn’t it be great to bring back the honor in the trades and eliminate the stigma surrounding the sector? Now is the time to change the narrative about the trades and bring back the deserved honor to the industry. In this episode, we have Steve Turner, a custom upholstery small business owner and the founder of Bring Back the Trades organization.…
 
What does it take to find a fulfilling career that makes you completely happy? Finding a career or owning a business that fulfills you even when things get difficult should be an ultimate goal. In this episode, we have Lisa Payan, the owner of Mastermind Plumbing in San Antonio Texas, a mother, and a community contributor. Lisa left her accounting …
 
Are you ready to start embracing lean construction principles and processes as a leader in construction? By adopting lean construction principles and processes in your construction projects, you will enhance everyone’s experience and work as an integrated team. In this episode, we have Brian Winningham, Field Driven Lean owner, and has over 20 year…
 
How to do more in your work while still managing to deliver value with efficiency? By intentionally balancing your flow with resource efficiency, you’re enabling yourself to live an amazing and balanced life. In this episode, we have Felipe Engineer- Manriquez, a construction scrum expert, national director of lean construction, and the host of the…
 
In this episode Rene Duron comes back from a long summer of overtime and he didnt skip a beat. His heartfelt vulnerable questions invite Spencer Easton breathe some accountability into Rene. Spencer came into construction intending to be a field engineer which turned into him being a Scheduling Manager. His experience as a scheduling expert ignited…
 
Get to know Program Coordinator / Project Manager Miss Krista Ackles. Krista studied finance and when seeking employment she decided the construction Industry was more suitable and went out and made that happen. The recession hit which caused her to seek work elsewhere, thank goodness!! Since then she has been changing worlds at Construction Career…
 
We managed to get some time with Celebrity Influencers Keyan Zandy and Joe Donarumo, Authors of The Lean Builder. Felipe and I get to unearth several truths behind them writing this book. As usual, you best have your notepads ready to capture the secrets to unlocking a new level of performance with the Lean efforts on your Jobsite. The tips they do…
 
Felipe and I wrap up our whining and war stories around Chapter 7 of The Last Planner, which is around the charged subject of PPC. Those 3 letters stand for Percent Plan Complete and have been the subject of much confusion and discontent. Which of course spills out the entire episode. And there is some good stuff too we give away the best method fo…
 
Get to know Mr Adam Hoots: Construction Professional, Entrepreneur, Trades Advocate, Author and the list goes on. His story takes us from his entry into the workforce as the result of a gift he received on his 17th birthday. The experience he had as a plumbers helper informed the way he serves the Construction Community today. His purpose and visio…
 
Jesse & Felipe are rounding 3rd base as they cover Chapter 6 of The Lean Builder. Catch a heavy dose of collaboration cheat codes with a side of attitude from Jesse the grouch. This conversation touches many of the necessities for achieving positive outcomes with LPS, some of which will take practice to master. And many you can apply today. Connect…
 
Get to know Mr Kevin Chase an exemplory Construction Professional and father. He will walk you down his career path which helped him hone his skills of introspection and humility. If youre looking for some powerful examples of leadership behavior and breakthroughs for leading change, Mr Kevin Chase has got your flavor. Support the Mission at: https…
 
On the 5th Calabosession between Felipe and Jesse there are a whole bunch more war stories, interstingly there are new stories every single Calabosession. In this conversation they touch on the "Big Room" concept, trade partners being in business to make money just like General Contractors and they finally show some love to the Men and Women that a…
 
Miss Jennifer Lacy unleashes her energy in sharing her experience in building a Sustainable Culture with a National Organization. As a leader focused on supporting Building Forward across the organization she flexed the non-traditional skills developed as an Educator & Athletics Coach. The uncontainable Jennifer reflects on the ripples of impact we…
 
Felipe Engineer Manriquez and Jesse keep the momentum going into Chapter 4 of The Lean Builder. They start off with Constraint Management and true to form they vere off into their war stories which touch on a new set of KPIs, keeping trade parnters engaged and unsustainable success. And they didnt stop there somehow they came up with the hashtag #y…
 
In this episode Jake emparts years of experience with Leadership and Continuous Improvement. Jakes layed back personality disguises his ferocious drive for personal development. You may be surprised that our understanding of Leadership is largely derrived from working for weak leaders. Clearly Jake is committed to creating a better space for the pe…
 
This episode is a perfect example of Inventory and Excess Processing due to Felipe and Jesse going through their memory banks, but it is entertaining. These Lean Maniacs do share their years of experience around learning, coaching and combating the 8 Wastes. Access the Lean Builder book at: https://theleanbuilder.com/ Connect with Felipe at: https:…
 
Join in for a positive and energizing conversation with 3rd generation plumber Mr Bob Baker. He is a social media influencer, bee keeper and cinematographer that share his gifts and talents in an effort to make this world a better place. Not only is he a 3rd generation plumber but his boys will carry the torch as the 4th generation of Bakers in the…
 
Jesse and Felipe (Host of The EBFC Show) are at it again, this time covering the topic of Visual Communication on the construction site. They cant keep themselves from telling their personal experience with both the great and not so great applications of Visual Communication. There is plenty of value for all stakeholders in the Construction Industr…
 
In this conversation Jesse and Rene get to know Gage's path from a non-profit faith based career to building a life as a Journeyman plumber. Gage tells us how he found a way to merge the leadership skills he's been blessed with earning a healthy living as a Journeyman plumber. Gauge brings the inspiration of his faith and support of his amazing wif…
 
We have a treat for you! Your Host Jesse Hernandez and Felipe Engineer Manriquez (host of The EBFC Show) team up and share their Lean wisdom as they review Chapter 1 of the Hottest Last Planner Book in Construction The Lean Builder. This Calabo - Session is the first of 8; we will provide you with the perspectives of the Trade Partner, Coach and Ge…
 
This conversation is a bit of a party. Doug, Jeremy, Noah and our Host Jesse Hernandez stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about the days they worked together. They talk about the first time they met and how far they have come as professionals in the Construction Industry. These guys arent just fun and games they also dive into the growing generat…
 
In this Coaching session Rene seeks council about making a significant Career choice, a problem we have all been faced with. It takes some digging but the conversation reveals that Rene truly values his team and the role he plays in influencing their environment. Along the way, Jesse and Rene, discuss how decisions in the past play into the conflic…
 
Jillian Hubbard (Mother, Healer, Electrical Apprentice) brings her "A " game in this conversation with Jesse. She holds nothing back as they discuss many of the ugly truths that exist in the construction Industry. Jillian exhibits real leadership qualities as she goes beyond pointing at a problem and gives her blueprint for correcting these problem…
 
Jesse and Rene get Ryan Taylors advice on what it takes to work your way out of humble beginnings. Ryan, Superintendent of a Leak Detection team in San Antonio, shares his view on the value of Social Intelligence and the role men need to play in repairing our communities. As the conversation builds Rene "Caterpillar" Duron takes us down a path of g…
 
This conversation with Miss Dee Durant will take you back to them younger days when you felt like any wrong decision meant the end of the world. Dee advocates for Careers in the Trades as an ambassador for Kick Ass Careers and her story is a solid example of what a young adult should do to discover what it is that drives them. She also gives us som…
 
This episode covers Stacy's story from "glorified" laborer to Craft Training Superintendent. Jesse and Stacy have an in depth conversation about trade based internships for high school students and the commitment to Workforce Development her organization is displaying. Jesse trys really hard to get Stacy to brag about herself to no avail, but they …
 
Rene and Jesse have a conversation about what they have learned and what their view of the future is. You will hear how you (the audience) has impacted their life and how much your words of encouragement drive them. Contribute to the mission at: https://www.patreon.com/learninsnmissteps Connect with us at: https://www.facebook.com/learninsn.misstep…
 
Listen in as Jesse discusses what's holding individuals back from the next level with Jarrod Tomassi, a safety director and veteran of the U.S. armed forces. Growing up Jarrod developed steely courage that he combined with skill to open doors. Discover how he transitioned from the mean streets to putting his life on the line to living a life above …
 
Listen in as Jesse and Rene discuss investing in people, making career moves, and working in the trades with Alexander Trevino, an electrical apprentice. After serving family and youth in the non profit world, Alexander now challenges himself with becoming an electrician. Here, Alexander transparently highlights critical elements to "staying in the…
 
Listen in as Jesse and Rene enter the mindset of Jim Olmstead, a structural concrete Project Manager / Superintendent. As a concrete professional, Jim has built a foundation on respectfulness and timeliness. These three discuss the lessons of painful failure, identifying priorities, creating an environment of loyalty, and more. Ownership, leading c…
 
Listen in as Jesse and Rene discuss decision making and vulnerability in the context of leadership. Rene listens intently to strategies which transcend outcomes and Jesse shares the magic formula for being remembered well. Support the cause: https://www.patreon.com/learninsnmissteps Contact us at - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/learnins-n-m…
 
Listen in as Jesse discusses how to craft a career change with Darci Spiteri, an electrical apprentice. Once detoured from a downtown career, Darci now lights up the trades. Here she conveys the boon of her powers in problem management and the value in relishing the growth process. Other priceless character values have been the conduit to animate h…
 
Listen in as Jesse and Rene "set the form" of respect for tradesman with Jason Schroeder from Elevate Construction. Starting as a cement mason, Jason was unexpectedly launched into construction management. Today, Jason leads with a paradigm of elevating and celebrating craftworkers. In this episode, he shows how the right balance of tools, training…
 
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