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The Art of the (im)Possible podcast - EPISODE 2

Creating the next generation of manufacturing leaders

Explore what leadership truly means and how we can create the next generation of digitally empowered manufacturing leaders.

Identifying, hiring, and supporting leaders is critical for the long-term success of any organization. But how do you find the right leaders? How do you make sure you are giving these leaders the support they need? In this episode, Nick Hussey, CEO of The Manufacturer, and Jason Cole of Jonathan Lee Recruitment talk about what true leadership looks like in a way that might surprise you. Listen to our podcast to find out more.

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Check out this fascinating conversation on how can you find the best design and manufacturing leaders with The Manufacturer and Jonathan Lee recruitment.

To explore what it truly means to be a leader in the 21st century and how we can create the next generation of digitally empowered manufacturing leaders, we spoke to Nick Hussey, CEO of The Manufacturer, and Jason Cole of Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Being a leader isn’t an easy task, you need to have a vision and be able to inspire and motivate others. Traditionally, companies have appointed the best workers in their fields for leadership positions. In this episode, we debate whether this is still the right choice. 

We also touch on the concept of servant leaders – those who focus on the needs of their employees before their own, a triple bottom line that considers social, environmental, and impact on others. With Digital Transformation accelerating changes in the manufacturing industry, we explore how the figure of a leader has changed over time and why “servant leaders” are the leaders of the future.

Furthermore, we argue why a great leader, instead of knowing everything, should have a broad perspective and be able to trust and rely on their teams in order to make bolder decisions, making the most of the data now available thanks to Digital Transformation. 

Leadership can be a lonely place to be, but the best leaders are those who empower people to effectively take ownership of the role that they perform. We conclude the episode with a strong idea of how leaders in the design and manufacturing industry can empower their employees and deliver work to their optimum level.



Nick Hussey 

Nick is an Economics graduate with an MBA from Surrey University Business School.

He started his career with Midland Bank (now HSBC), then moved into publishing and in 1994 established Ark Group. He built Ark Group into a $30m business operating through offices in the US, Asia, Australia and the UK and this business in 2005 to a FTSE quoted media company.

In 2008 he purchased The Manufacturer Magazine and set about turning around a loss making business into something of real value. Hennik is now highly profitable, growing fast and deeply passionate about all aspects of making modern advanced manufacturing as efficient, sustainable and profitable as possible.

Jason Cole

Jason is part of the business development team working with clients across transportation sectors to develop value added partnerships. Jason was previously responsible for the day to day operational management of the automotive commercial division. Leading a team of 5 consultants to support OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers and SMEs in their commercial recruitment needs covering purchasing, supply chain, logistics, sales, marketing, human resources and administration.