Do We Need a Unified Theory of Problem Solving?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-24-24

Do we need a unified theory of problem solving? It sounds compelling, but that doesn’t mean it would be useful. Here’s my answer to that question.  

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W. Henry Yaeger of Banner Group LLC on Commitment and Risk

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-23-24

On this episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomed W. Henry Yaeger, the Managing Principal of Banner Group LLC. Henry brings over 30 years of experience as an executive at global and Fortune 500 companies, and as an entrepreneur. He has held significant roles at major

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What Is OpEx?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-21-24

OpEx, a common shortening of the term Operational Excellence, has gotten plenty of traction in both program names and job titles. But what does it mean? The quick answer is…it means whatever you want it to mean. Let’s first look at the origins of OpEx. There are two primary driving

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Lean Whiskey Episode 46

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-17-24

Episode 46: “AI Takes Over Lean Whiskey, Including the Role of Bartender”  In Episode 46, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh spend a lot of time talking about AI, but that still, as always, begins with the whiskey. We both asked ChatGPT to consider all our ingredients for making a whiskey-based

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Stop Benchmarking Unicorns and Giants

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-14-24

Unicorns are companies that reach a $1B valuation while still being privately held. Giants can often be summarized originally as FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google) and now MAMAA (Meta, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet). These companies are often referenced as examples to follow. Learn from their success. After

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Jamie Flinchbaugh Reflects: Lessons from a Problem-Solving Journey

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-09-24

        In this unique episode of the ‘People Solve Problems’ podcast, Jamie Flinchbaugh takes on the role of guest to offer listeners a special reflection on his podcast journey and the valuable lessons he’s gleaned along the way from the many special guests. He discusses the importance

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Rethinking How To Utilize an Assistant

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-07-24

The Administrative Assistant has been often referred to as a perk, rather than a crucial resource to help an organization’s effectiveness. This shift in thinking, and language, really began with the adoption of email, where communication from person to person didn’t have to be managed. This continued to evolve as

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How to Understand an Argument

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-30-24

A good question is one of the most valuable of my possessions, and I am always looking to add to my collection. I discovered, or rediscovered, a powerful question from commentator and author David Brooks. He was giving a talk at Lehigh University for the Hagerman Lecture from The Center

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What We Learned: Expertise and Episodes from Three Years of ‘Factory Talk’

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-26-24

On IndustryWeek: What We Learned: Expertise and Episodes from Three Years of ‘Factory Talk’ The video series Factory Talk began as a collaborative project between me and IndustryWeek to bring voices of leadership from the factory floors to all of you. These interviews were meant to focus on practical techniques

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Jeff Grimshaw of MGStrategy: Cultivating Agile Cultures Through Risk

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-25-24

      In this episode of People Solve Problems, host Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomed Jeff Grimshaw, Principal at MGStrategy, for a thought-provoking conversation. Jeff Grimshaw, who has dedicated over 25 years to assisting leaders worldwide in aligning their organizations’ people, strategy, and culture for better business outcomes, shared his insights

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