Month: April 2013

Not every improvement has to be a breakthrough

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-30-13

This post was previously shared on the Lean Learning Center’s blog page. So many teams that I coach, assess, observe, and otherwise engage in are looking for breakthrough results. That makes sense, right? Desperate times call for desperate measures (and we seem to keep being reminded that these are desperate

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The difference between tension and stress

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-28-13

Although I’m a bit behind on many things, The Lean Edge asked a question that I’m just now getting around to answering. Is highlighting problems stressful and increased pressure on workers? There is a major difference between tension and stress, and this difference when not understood causes tremendous problems. Leaders

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The More of Do More with Less [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-25-13

In the last installment of my Industry Week column, Lessons from the Road, I talked about waste elimination. In it, I also explained that the commonly used phrase “do more with less” is often perceived about being about the “less” when I believe truly lean organizations focus on the “more.”

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5 Leadership Moves: Presentation at ISPE

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-03-13

Today I am speaking to the pharmaceutical industry at the ISPE conference. My topic is on the 5 leadership moves for lean from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. Like many of my presentations, I don’t use many slides but tend to tell a lot of supporting stories. 5 Leadership Moves

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