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Auditing Your Problem-Solving System

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-12-22

If you are an organization that does auditing or assessment, you should be looking at anything that’s important for success. This certainly should include your problem-solving. Whether you utilize Leader Standard Work, Layered Process Audits, or simply want to do an informal assessment, here are some things to think about

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Happy Heuristics Podcast Episode #3

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-04-22

Happy Heuristics is a podcast about using rules of thumb, decision criteria, or heuristics to help leaders operate with speed and effectiveness in a complex and uncertain world. Podcast partners Jamie Flinchbaugh and Jeff Grimshaw explore specific heuristics, one theme at a time, that you can either adopt or use

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Dealing with Resistance to Being Coached

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-16-21

I coach coaches. That’s obviously the only thing that I do, but I spend a significant portion of my time coaching people who are trying to coach others. One of the most common questions I receive in this domain is… What do we do when someone is resistant to coaching?

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Lean Whiskey Episode #31

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-10-21

Episode 31: “End a Year, End a Bottle; Start a Year, Start a Bottle”  In Episode 31, Mark and Jamie discuss the routines and practices of wrapping up a year and kicking off a new year. In that spirit, we either finish a bottle of whiskey or start a new

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The Power of Solving Small Problems

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-09-21

Fast Company published an article of mine, “The Power of Solving Small Problems.” I have observed even some of the most experienced and wise lean leaders struggle to get this principle correct, as I struggle with it as well. Perhaps that’s why I wrote it, to remind myself. Here’s a

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Your Legacy Is Day n+1

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-08-21

Whether you are providing a service to a client, or operating as a leader in an organization, how do you think about what you want to accomplish? I propose the most useful framing is to think about day n+1. In other words, what is there the day after you depart,

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Happy Heuristics Podcast Episode #2

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-07-21

Happy Heuristics is a podcast about using rules of thumb, decision criteria, or heuristics to help leaders operate with speed and effectiveness in a complex and uncertain world. Podcast partners Jamie Flinchbaugh and Jeff Grimshaw explore specific heuristics, one theme at a time, that you can either adopt or use

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The Role of the Leader in a Problem Solving World

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-02-21

In “People Solve Problems,” I dedicate a whole section to the role of the leader. Whatever level of people-leader you find yourself in, this section of the book helps guide you to important aspects of your role. In this short video, I walk through a little bit of the role

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Learners Operate in “Perpetual Beta”

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-24-21

The very first problem-solving behavior I explore in People Solve Problems is to Learn Deliberately (Chapter 9). Learning is more than just a skill, just as problem-solving is more than just a tool. Learning deliberately is a mindset and behavior. One way to describe this is to hold our assumptions

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I Only Know What I’ve Experienced

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-16-21

Why do people resist change? Don’t they want things to be better? Of course, they want things to be better. We all do. However, what is the snake-oil salesman really pitching? What kind of dystopian world is planned? We don’t fear change but fear that the change will bring something

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