Does innovation belong in the scope of a board of directors?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-15-14

Boards of directors are usually associated with governance issues such as risk management and financial controls. They of course have a major role in strategic direction, either in establishing it, approving, or hiring the right executives who will establish the strategic vision. But does that extend all the way into

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A presentation on innovation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-31-14

Today I am giving a presentation on behalf of the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center and hosted by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. I believe innovation is not just something a few insightful people do in a special innovation department. It happens at every level. And you don’t know where the next

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More reading on innovation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-02-13

On the same day I posted my IndustryWeek column on innovation, titled 4 Keys to Making Innovation a Capability, I just happened to come across some other stuff from my blog feeds on innovation, from quite different perspectives. First was this video on HBR titled Four Methods for Corporate Innovators

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4 Keys to Making Innovation a Capability [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-31-13

Is innovation born or built? I don’t know the answer as it applies to people. But as it applies to organizations, it’s built. My latest IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, titled Making Innovation a Capability, focuses on building an innovative organization. There are key lean skills and mindset that

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A new post on Blogging Innovation: There's Always Another New Approach

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-19-11

A new blog post on the Blogging Innovation website, There’s Always Another New Approach… Last year I saw a comment from a respected entrepreneur who was claiming “all the big ideas have already been created.” I was highly disappointed, because it’s reeks of pre-1492 attitudes about the Earth. You can’t

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3 Key Skills that Enable Innovation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-01-11

I have a new post published on Blogging Innovation. See the full article on that site.   by Jamie Flinchbaugh Innovation is obviously a major attribute in the competitiveness of a company (or a government, or a school, or an individual). There are many ways to achieve innovation, and no

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Leading Lean: Driving Innovation at Every Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-01-10

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. Every corporation wants to be innovative. But, being innovative is not a behavior. It’s not something on your to-do list between picking up dry cleaning and writing performance reviews. Innovation is the by-product of

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Lean helps drive innovation from top to bottom

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-29-10

Today I’m delivering a presentation on innovation, and how lean can help drive innovation at all levels of the organization. This is a topic perhaps worth several blog posts in the future, but in the meantime, here is the presentation: Innovation from Within View more presentations from Jamie Flinchbaugh.

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Innovation and Rewarding Learning

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-23-09

Over on the Lean Blog Mark Graban wrote a post titled Innovation Is as Innovation Does? Besides channeling Forrest Gump, this makes a great point. Innovation is an outcome, but without a process we won’t get it. And that process includes culture, skill, systems, methods, and so on. Mark makes

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National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Conference – a few highlights

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-07-19

I recently attended the National Association of Corporate Directors. I was an early Leadership Fellow through NACD when they launched the program, as I believe in continued learning and personal improvement. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended the conference (it conflicts with my fall soccer coaching schedule), and

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