5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Where does the time go? It is already Spring, but last night we had snow.

Meanwhile, our team has been reading a great book lately by Patrick Lencioni, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

Lencioni really stresses that the fundamental element of a team is trust. Everything goes back to “vulnerability based” trust- inattention to results, fear of conflict, lack of commitment-it all results from a foundation of distrust. Continue reading “5 Dysfunctions of a Team”

Be Sure to Vote in the Primary


Don’t forget to go out and vote today if you live in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida.

 We must never forget the beautiful right that we have to vote! Instead of complaining about the problems that we face on a political level, I implore you to get involved and vote.

We need your voice.

Vote! Vote! Vote!


Conflict Resolution in Precision Machining

Conflict effects every area of life; transcending language, industry, and professions. Yet, how many of us have had the opportunity to study the tools for effective conflict resolution?

 Below I have jotted down some principles for managing conflict resolution taken from my recent exploration into the books“Difficult Conversations” by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen and “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher and William Ury. Continue reading “Conflict Resolution in Precision Machining”

International Women’s Day Spotlight – Malari

precision machining womanToday is International Women’s day and I wanted to highlight one of our wonderful new employees Malari.

It is always exciting to see women in manufacturing and we are happy to profile a new machinist at E. J. Basler. Growing up, Malari loved “getting her hands dirty” which led her from wood shop classes in junior high to machine shop class in high school. Her favorite aspects about manufacturing are the precision and the chance to make things that are used every day within the automotive and other industries. Continue reading “International Women’s Day Spotlight – Malari”

Precision Machined Products Association Conference

Over the past weekend I was at a Precision Machined Products Association conference in Orlando, FL. One of the sessions was a look at how Improv techniques can be used in business to get your team to think outside of the box and to open people up. Izzy G led a great seminar pushing peoples boundaries with improv games. My main takeway was to incorporate “ Yes.. And” instead of saying “Yes.. But” in conversations.

My Experience at the Precision Machining Conference

We are sitting in a big ballroom with about 350 precision manufacturers when Izzy, the speaker, asks for a volunteer. This is a group of skilled business and technical individuals mainly men who don’t want to volunteer to do Improv. A hand goes up and collectively the entire crowd breathes a silent sigh of relief because they were not called on. Then Izzy, the speaker, began to comment on how the person who volunteered was walking as a leader because it is leadership when you are able to bring “relief to so many people in the room” to him leadership is being able to set people at ease and be an example.

So then Izzy asks for another volunteer for another Improv game and still no one raises their hand, even after all the conversation of how volunteering in that setting is a form of leadership. Of course, my hand goes up and he calls me up on stage. I was motivated to go up because I wanted to show my fearlessness; even though my heart was beating so fast and I was so incredibly nervous.  Yet, for a moment I was able to bring relief to the 350 other people in the room because they did not have to go onstage. I was motivated by the opportunity to show leadership in that moment even if I thought I was going to die of stage fright.

EJ Basler Leads the Way

In the Precision Machining industry and at home we are constantly confronted with opportunities to show leadership. Be it volunteering in a group or being a good example to the people around us. We always have choices the hard part is to notice them. Basler strives to be the best in our manufacturing industry, we lead the curve with technology and environmental stewardship.