Bring Out the Best in Your Team w/ Michael Kaiser

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Podcast

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Guest: Michael Kaiser is a humble leader who knows how to bring out the best in his team. Michael grew up working on his family farm in South Alabama. After high school, he began working on an engineering degree and completed a BS in nuclear engineering while serving in the US Navy. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Michael began working in the pulp and paper industry, where International Paper employed him. At International Paper, he frequently utilized Smith Industrial Services (SIS). as an industrial cleaning contractor. SIS eventually hired Michael to run a division of the company, leading him to his current role as Executive Vice President. He enjoys time with his wife, visiting friends and family, deep sea fishing, college football, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and helping others.

Episode Insight: Be intentional in the value you place on employees by engaging with them deeply and inspiring them to work as a united team.

Background: Michael Kaiser is the Executive VP at Smith Industrial Services (SIS), based in Mobile, Alabama and is a customer of StoneAge. After getting to know Michael and being inspired by his servant leadership, I wanted to bring him on the show so you could learn a bit more about the very niche industry that StoneAge serves and the exceptional leaders in it.

During the episode, Michael and I discuss how SIS lives its company values and invests in people, such as building strong relationships that create powerful teams. He shares how they have dramatically reduced turnover (we are in a high turnover industry because the work is hard and dirty) by creating a mentorship program aimed at helping teammates make it through their first 90 days. Michael tells us about growing up on a farm in South Alabama and how his parents instilled a deep work ethic at a young age that has carried throughout his career. Michael is the true epitome of servant leadership and he absolutely knows how to bring out the best in himself and his team. Have a listen, and let me know what you think!

How to find Michael:

Website: https://smithind.com/

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kaiser-b29603119/

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