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Lean Whiskey Episode 33

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-20-22

Episode 33: “Back to Normal, and New Firsts”  In Episode 33, we recognize some of the back to normal which includes Mark heading out on the road to do consulting again. That brings Mark close enough to Jamie for a new first: an in-person recording of Lean Whiskey. Mark Graban

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Select the Third-Best Solution

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-18-22

Problem-solving is ultimately about developing solutions, or better said, implementing solutions that work. This means that what actually works is an important filter on all the potential solutions that we may become enamored with. I cam across this interesting quote, thanks to The Economist’s daily Espresso Briefing, from the inventor

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3 Under-Appreciated Lessons on Entrepreneurship

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-12-22

Recently I was giving a very, very brief speech at Lehigh University at an event with the Baker Institute honoring entrepreneurs and the teaching of entrepreneurship. It wasn’t originally meant to be a topic of any substance, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to speak to some students and

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4 Mistakes in Establishing Clear Roles Through RACI

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-04-22

RACI is a well-known tool for helping to establishing clear roles, but it is often either avoided, or produces an underwhelming impact. RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consult, and Inform. I believe the lack of effectiveness in using the RACI framework often comes down to 4 mistakes which I outline

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Happy Heuristics Podcast Episode #7

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-03-22

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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Abstraction and Precision in Standardization

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-27-22

Standardization is good, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. We should standardize something because it helps us solve a problem, as I wrote about in Chapter 3 of People Solve Problems. Two variables in finding the RIGHT solution of standardization are the level of abstraction and the level of

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Breaking Down the Problem

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-19-22

Problem-solving is always a battle to get more focused and specific in what gap we are trying to close. Both the capabilities of problem statements as well as breaking down the problems help us do this, but they are more than just steps in a problem-solving tool. I write about

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Be Responsive, Not Reactive

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-12-22

Many organizations lost most of their momentum of continuous improvement and proactive problem solving throughout the pandemic, ending up forced into a stance of reactiveness. Many of those same organizations are struggling to climb out of that hole, especially where they are still fighting fires, such as those managing supply

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Happy Heuristics Podcast Episode #6

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-05-22

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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Happy Heuristics Episode 5

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-01-22

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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