the Guild - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

A Blog-Podcast about Life and Leadership in the Trades


Looking Back I like to take some time at the end of the work day to write for about 15-20 minutes to clear my head and note down what I learned that day. Reflection can bring a lot of perspective… Continue Reading →

Episode 33 – How to Become a Better Listener

How to Become a Better Listener Hope you find this helpful! If you want the cheat sheet, sign up to the guild community and I’ll send it over. The Acronym for today’s podcast…EAR (Empathy – Acknowledgement – Respond) other podcasts… Continue Reading →

Episode 32 – Eric & Lawrence – BCIT Automotive

BCIT Automotive – it’s more than just cars I had a lot of fun interviewing Eric Fry and Lawrence Potyondi from the Automotive shop at BCIT. It’s evident that these guys love their trade and love seeing students succeed.  Eric… Continue Reading →

Episode 31 – Self-Awareness – What’s the Value?

Before you by-pass this episode and think that self-awareness has no place in the Trades…think about what you felt when you first saw this picture. That’s being self-aware. What value does it have for people in the skilled trades? Take… Continue Reading →

Episode 30 – Kat Hassard – SAIT

This was such a great episode! Kat is a plumbing/gasfitting instructor at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) located in Calgary, Alb. We first met at last year’s Pipe Instructor’s Conference and she graciously accepted my invitation to be n… Continue Reading →

the Guild podcast – Cornerstone – Trades Education

In this episode of the Guild I interview the top guests from previous episodes about; trades education meta learning essential skills millenials how to get the best out of ourselves As you might be able to tell we had a… Continue Reading →

the Guild Episode 28 – Kacem, BCIT Avionics part 2

Welcome back! this is part 2 of my interview with Kacem from the BCIT Avionics program at  the ATC training centre in Richmond, BC. I really hope you enjoy this episode. I had a blast spending this time with Kacem…. Continue Reading →

the Guild Episode 27 – Kacem – BCIT Avionics (Part 1)

the Guild podcast – Kacem @ BCIT Avionics It was a real treat to interview Kacem. Just listening to his transition to Canada will inspire you. Kacem is a great colleague and an experienced educator. Kacem loves his trade, loves… Continue Reading →

Friday Shorts – Not What I Expected

Not what I expected… short episode – big take away – hold your expected outcomes loosly…things just might be better than you expect   email – Instagram – @the.guild.podcast facebook – the Guild    

Essential Skills Workshop – Paying Attention

Are you paying attention? Paying attention can also be described as ‘active listening’. As a husband, father of four teenagers, and a chief instructor to 15 piping trades instructors the topic of active listening is absolutely an essential skill. How… Continue Reading →

Welcome Back

The Guild Podcast Season 2-Episode 26 Welcome Back! What happened in December? Took a break – Why did I do it that way? Wanted to take a small sabbatical from content development Doing some research about “Inter-Collegiate Practice” Started a… Continue Reading →

the Guild podcast – Episode 22 – Respect

the Guild Podcast…Episode 21…Elmo Bryan Pinpin – Pastry Arts

Bryan Pinpin – IP Red Seal Pastry Arts Three Goals Bryan Wrote Down Before He Started Pastry Chef @ very good establishment Teach my craft Own my own business Highlights of the Episode: What’s it like to first start out… Continue Reading →

With Much Power Comes Much Responsibility

In this short chapter Greenleaf shares his speech given at a leadership conference. He remarks that one of the delegates regarded the United States as arrogant due to their wealth and political power. Greenleaf takes the opportunity not to defend… Continue Reading →

The Cult of Collaboration

Having worked on multitudes of teams, focusing on the topic of collaboration for my Master’s degree, and actively doing research on collaborative practices between educational institutions has garnered a ton of information and opened my eyes to what I have… Continue Reading →

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