President of Magnetrol International discusses values-driven company culture

first_imgJohn Heiser, president and chief operating officer of Magnetrol International, Inc., discussed his leadership journey and creating a values-driven organizational culture during his lecture Wednesday night in the Mendoza College of Business’ Jordan Auditorium. The talk was the second lecture of the 2017 Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics.Heiser began his career as a maritime litigator after graduating from Tulane University’s law school. His decided that law was not the right career choice during one case where he listened to a four-hour debate on the definition of “perishable” when he was waiting to obtain a motion for his client’s case.“At that point, I had this intervention that said I don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing this,” he said.Upon the realization, Heiser decided to move to the chemical production company DuPont. His career move led him to his first lesson in leadership, which was being open-minded about taking new paths.“You’ve got to be open to exploring new opportunities,” he said. “You’ve got to be open to saying, ‘You know what, this isn’t want I expected. Maybe I should try this; maybe I should try that.’”Here, Heiser realized his second lesson of leadership, which was the power of stakeholder engagement.At DuPont, Heiser was responsible for launching a product to help people affected by HIV and AIDS. Heiser described how the activist community at the time spoke against pharmaceutical companies producing the HIV and AIDS drug products due to pricing and other concerns, so he wanted to take steps to embrace this community, including by hiring several activists.“We were not only going to understand the patient community that we were dealing with, but we were going to work with the activist community and engage them in how we were going to price this product and go to market,” he said. “… This is when I first realized and learned the concept of shared value where we could do things that would maximize profit for the organization. … But we also recognized that we could actually make a different for society.”Other lessons Heiser learned during his leadership journey included the powers of perseverance, resilience and internal and external feedback.“As a leader, I would tell you there’s nothing more important than your ability to receive feedback from others and process it, and more importantly, for me, to do self-reflection,” he said.Heiser also talked about his time at Magnetrol, which is a company that manufactures radar and radar equipment to measure levels of fluid. Though the company had grown considerably from its roots in a garage, Heiser said it had lost its way by 2015 when he took over as president. He attributed this deterioration to the fact that the company rewarded employees based on years of service and attendance as opposed to merit.Heiser said he sought to fix the problem with a more values-driven approach.“We had to change the culture, and we had to start at the senior level,” he said.Today, Heiser said Magnetrol has several core values including the idea of “performance [and] no excuses,” which Heiser said means the company needs to be action-oriented, especially with the commitments it made to its stakeholders.Heiser said another core value is “everybody deserves special treatment.”“What that means is we don’t leave the human condition at the door,” he said.The final Magnetrol value, according to Heiser, is that business is a social institution, which means Magnetrol has an obligation to multiple stakeholders and that it will deliver on those obligations.Magnetrol’s culture change has not been without its struggles, Heiser explained. Under Heiser, Magnetrol implemented a “Giving Voice to Values” program, which had the lowest participation rate company-wide with the U.S. management team.“How am I going to get a culture change in the U.S. if I’ve got a management team that [has the lowest participation numbers]?” he said. “… That’s actually been one of our biggest problems is getting managers out of this command and control situation.”Tags: Berges Lecture Series, Inc., Magnetrol International, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine garner 2 silver medals at state track meet; Wellington has no placers

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine was the biggest Sumner County winner this weekend in the State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University this weekend. Heidel finished second in the 100 meters with a 12.63 time, and second in the long jump at 17-01, taking home two silver medals at the state Class 3A track meet in Wichita Saturday.Much of Friday’s competition was rained out, so the Kansas State High School Activities Association started the meet at 7 a.m. And got the entire meet in Saturday. Heidel also placed seventh in the triple jump at 34-05.It was a rather quiet Sumner County weekend as there were no state champions crowned. Athletes from Belle Plaine and Conway Springs did the best at the state meet. Conway Springs girls finished seventh while boys finished 14th. Belle Plaine girls placed 13th thanks to Heidel’s performance.Mason Misak of Conway Springs was second in the boys’ javelin throwing at 180-07. Lucas Shaffer was fourth in the boys high jump leaping at 6-02.MaKayla Hollis of Conway Springs was third in the girls’ pole vault at 10-feet even. Also from Conway Springs, Alicia Carter was fourth in the girls shot put at 36-04. Also, from Conway Springs Skylar Misak was fifth in the girls’ javelin at 124-11.In Class 2A Oxford’s Kaleb Hunt was sixth in the high jump at 6-00. He was also eighth in the 110 hurdles at 16.39) and 13th in the 200 at 23.86.In Class 1A, Suzann Hagar of Caldwell was sixth in the girls’ 400 at 1:02.03. Colten Ward was seventh in the boys 400 at 52.58.In Class 4A, Wellington’s entries completed their events Friday with no state placers. Therefore, Wellington received any points for the boys or the girls. In the Girls’ 4×100 relay, Wellington placed 13th in the preliminaries and did not move to the finals on Saturday. The team members of Taylor McGlothlin, Jaycee Schettler, Dietra Sober, Camryn Ricke, Taryn Stoddard and Sierra Rademacher ran in at 51.84. Four of the six ran the race.Taylor McGlothlin placed 11th in the Girls 400 at 1:01.87 and will not advance to the finals.In the boys’ pole vault, Wellington athletes Matthew Mason and Lukas Soria did not place.Below are the final results for Sumner County athletes at the state track meet for Classes 1a through 3A.Class 3AGirls 4×100  6 Conway Springs 51.55          (Jera Wolke, Madelyn Koester, Makenzie Curry , MaKayla Hollis, Emma Barkley)     Girls 4×40011 Conway Springs                                      4:21.06   1             Makenzie Curry, Emma Barkley, Kayla Koester, Madelyn Koester, Lacey Pauly\Girls 32007 Devyn Smith ,  Belle Plaine 12:35.80   Girls pole vault3 MaKayla Hollis Conway Springs        10-00.009 Abagail Heimerman Conway Springs         9-00.00                 Girls triple jump7 Jessica Heidel, Belle Plaine   34-05.75      Boys triple jump5 Lucas Shaffer  Conway Springs        43-00.00Girls shot put  4 Alicia Carter Conway Springs  36-04.50             8 Miranda Huff   Conway Springs        34-10.00      Boys Javelin2 Mason Misak, Conway Springs   180-07       Girls long jump2 Jessica Heidel Belle Plaine   17-01.25       Boys high jump4 Lucas Shaffer , Conway Springs  6-02.00Girls Javelin  5 Skylar Misak   Conway Springs          124-11  7 Alicia Carter   Conway Springs          117-06Girls 1002 Jessica Heidel  Belle Plaine       12.63    Class 2ABoys 110 Hurdles8 Kaleb Hunt Oxford                   16.39Boys 20013 Kaleb Hunt  Oxford                   23.86Boys high jump  6 Kaleb Hunt Oxford                 6-00.00          Class 1ABoys 110 hurdles11 Jordan Schmidt Caldwell    17.44Girls 4x 100  8 Caldwell       52.95             (Emberly Blake , Hanna Stuewe, Suzann Hagar ,  Tylyn Ward,     Shelby Schmidt,           Madeline May)     Boys 4x 1008 Caldwell                                              46.12   2   1            (Dakota Volavka, Colten Ward, Jordan Schmidt, Ross Kuehny, Justin Brown, Jalen Risley)14 South Haven                                           48.87   1                (Garrett Bacon, Lucas Cully,  Zach Bacon, Dallas Anderson, Zachariah Pounds        Alex NicholsonGirls 4006 Suzann Hagar , Caldwell     1:02.03      Boys 4007 Colten Ward,  Caldwell     52.58            15 Seth Hemberger,  Argonia    54.43Girls 300 hurdles  8 Shelby Schmidt  Caldwell  48.52      Boys 300 hurdles12 Jordan Schmidt  Caldwell     44.28Boys 20016 Seth Hemberger  Argonia    25.18               Girls 4×40013 Caldwell                                            4:27.15           (Suzann Hagar, Tylyn Ward, Hanna Stuewe, Shelby Schmidt, Madeline May, Paytn Dvorak)      Boys 4×40011 Caldwell                                            3:44.08        (Colten Ward, Ross Kuehny, Dakota Volavka, Justin Brown, Adrian Arnett, Jalen Risley)South Haven15 South Haven                                         3:51.47     (Dallas Anderson, Alex Nicholson, Zach Bacon, Zachariah Pounds, Ryan Ingram, Lucas Cully)Boys 320014 Rustin Blaylock South Haven           11:42.94              15 Jaryn Halling   Caldwell              11:49.46              16 Zach Haxton    Argonia               12:01.25Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Kimmy Hagar · 219 weeks ago Shelby Schmidt is missing from the pole vault, she placed 6th for 1A Caldwell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Kelseymarie · 219 weeks ago Makenzie Curry of Conway Springs received 3rd in the 800m. 2:27:21 Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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