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My Notes from Jeff and Mark Bezo’s Rare Interview

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-01-19

 This interview was conducted in 2017  but I only just watched it (but wrote it before the news of his pending divorce). It is very unique, with Jeff Bezos’ brother conducting the interview, and at no point do they delve into the Amazon.com business model. It is really about Jeff, which

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Does Your Lean Culture Measure Up? [Lessons From The Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-24-19

How do you know when you’ve shaped your lean culture effectively?  You create a mechanism to measure the results. In my most recent “Lessons from the Road” article written for Industry Week, I share the five essential mechanisms that will help you establish a management system to measure and improve

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Interview with Mark Graban, Host of Lean Blog Podcast

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-04-18

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend and host of the Lean Blog Podcast, Mark Graban, but this time instead of sitting in the chair of the interviewee I was, instead, the one asking the questions about Mark’s new book “Measures of Success: React Less, Lead

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A Deep Dive of Lean [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-21-18

Would you believe that transforming a 1,000 person organization and a 50,000 person organization uses the same strategy? It’s true, and it’s surprisingly underutilized. In my most recent “Lessons from the Road” article written for Industry Week, I share the approach to building a lean learning culture of every person;

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Business Model Canvas- Pivot Points

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-30-18

For many startups pivoting means moving away from what they are doing that isn’t working, but for larger organizations, the pivot is often about expanding and leveraging. Your pivot points come from your business model canvas, which gives you your base menu you can build your strategic plan off of.

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Business Model Canvas- Blind Spots

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-23-18

Blind spots occur in business when we naturally move toward the areas of business we are most comfortable and interested in and neglect the areas that don’t hold our focus. The business model canvas helps bring into focus neglected areas so that we can take action and improve the business.

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Business Model Canvas- Defining Who

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-16-18

Your business model helps identify who needs to be brought into the conversation when you are making a change in the company. The phrase, “I don’t know” means that you are missing key people in your conversation.

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Business Model Canvas-An Introduction

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-11-18

The business model canvas is not solely for the benefit of entrepreneurs, all businesses can benefit from it especially when evaluating changes in their business model. The business model canvas is a tool that businesses can use to facilitate a dialog around where your business model currently is, where it needs

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Serving Your Customer: Observation and Feedback [Lessons from The Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-06-18

In Part 1 of this series (Going Beyond Lean Thinking to Define Value). I challenged how the lean tenet regarding delivering value to our customer has been practiced.  In Part 2 I wrote for Industry Week, I examine how clearly understanding what the customers value and why they value it

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My interview on the Iowa Lean Consortium Radio Network

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-27-18

Last year I was invited to be a guest on the Iowa Lean Consortium Radio Network Podcast with host Steve Wilson. The Iowa Lean Consortium is a dynamic, member-driven, non-profit dedicated to advancing lean in all sectors of the economy . Driven by members needs, the ILC provides the philosophy, tools,

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