A monthly leadership blog focused on transformational leadership, and winning together, courtesy of and authored by Phil Henderson.

The holiday season should be an uplifting and happy time; perfectly positioned at the end of the year, it’s a time for us to pause, reflect, express appreciation and give thanks. Who could argue the benefits of closing the year with positive thoughts, and beginning the new year with excitement for the possibilities of what the next year will bring?

This is exactly the feeling amongst leaders and employees at Trenton Forging as they close 2019 and begin in 2020. How do I know? I’m part of the team! I’ve been part of this milestone year with them.

I’ve seen the culture change from the inside out, and it’s a real thing. I got to see it, feel it, and more importantly, hear it myself in early December from leaders and employees during a visit as they described the culture change to, and amongst, one another.

Culture: The collective accepted, and expected, actions, activities, and behaviors of a team or organization; how we operate and get things done.

This “to and amongst one another” portion is significant. Hearing appreciation from leaders and employees one-on-one is one thing, but true validation is seeing, feeling, and hearing it expressed throughout the workforce.

Trenton Forging won in 2019. Across the board, they won. Sure, they’ve won before; I’ve seen the business results. 2019 was different. There’s a prideful feeling amongst the entire leadership team and workforce that can best be described as…

The only thing better than winning is being the reason we’re winning.

Trenton Forging leaders and employees believe – no, they know – they’re the reason Trenton Forging is winning!

taking action; organization; leadership; Phil HendersonPhil Henderson is a former Regional VP of Manufacturing Operations at Harland Clarke Holdings. He is a Designer of Self-Directed, Team-Based Work Systems in manufacturing environments over the course of 26 years. He served 8 years as an Air Traffic Controller and Officer in the US Army, and with distinction as a Captain in the First Gulf War. He currently provides leadership development and self-directed work team design assistance to Trenton Forging. For inquiries, Phil may be reached at (210) 316-3212 or at pizzobe@yahoo.com