Month: July 2011

The CEO Can't Champion Everything

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-28-11

In my travels from one company to another, I hear many of the following phrases… “We need executive sponsorship.” “We need this to be owned top-down.” “We need the CEO to champion our lean efforts.” These are phrases that I hear over and over as I talk to companies about

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Integrity is unrecoverable

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-26-11

Lost money can be re-earned. Lost time can be clawed back. Lost love reignited. Lost integrity is unrecoverable. I posted this phrase on Twitter and Facebook recently. I took some “feedback” for it. Some argued that time lost was lost. Truly, it is. But if I needed x hours to

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How to Train Without Training

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-21-11

This post is part of my column for Industry Week called Lessons from the Road and is now available. “Just because we don’t have training dollars to invest does not mean that we can’t develop our people. People development requires momentum; if we aren’t moving forward, we’re falling behind. There

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The Farmer and the Field [Guest Post]

by Donald Sweigart on 07-20-11

Guest Post: Donald Sweigart worked with “The Body Shop @” which developed the “Star-Link Certified” Lean business model improving Profitability, CSI, and Cycle Time in the Collision Repair Industry. This model is now licensed by a Fortune 100 in it’s Industry-wide Lean Training. His passion is implementing Lean solutions in

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Prioritize to Finish, not to Start

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-11-11

There’s a lot of focus on prioritization and rightly so. There are so many things I can get you distracted, not prioritizing can generate a great deal of waste. However, when individuals or organizations decide to prioritize, they often focus on the wrong factors. What everybody wants to prioritize our

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Jamie Flinchbaugh: “Lean won’t work in MY field”

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-08-11

I have a new post published on The Lean Edge. See the full article on that site. What is the hardest field to apply lean? It doesn’t seem to matter what field you’re in, they all think theirs is the hardest. And they can back it up with evidence. One

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Lean Strategy: First, Understand the Current Condition

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-01-11

[viddler id-ee972578 h-370 w-437] In this next installment of the Lean Strategy video series, we will explore a bit about the early part of the strategy building process which is more about how do we gain the knowledge of the current reality, the situation, the market, the field, the technology,

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