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Don’t Hand Over the Keys to Outside Lean Resources

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-21-19

While engaging outside resources for your organization certainly has its benefits, you need to be careful not to fall into the pitfall of over-reliance on these lean resources. Believe it or not there can be too much outside help. Watch the video to find out what happens when you rely

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Lean Lessons from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ [Lessons From The Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-08-19

What do your lean journey and The Wizard of Oz have in common? More than you might think. In my latest Lessons from the Road column, I take you down the Yellow Brick Road of lean and share with you the similarities in the two journeys. In the article we

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Why Genericizing Lean is a Problem

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-05-19

We use the word lean as a descriptor for many things, the problem with this is it becomes very generic and becomes attached to anything positive or good within the organization. In this video, I explain why putting everything good you do as a business under the umbrella of lean

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Avoid These Three Lean Pitfalls

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-20-19

I have worked with hundreds of companies on their lean journeys and want to share with you some of the pitfalls and challenges businesses experience. Here are three things to avoid as you continue or start your lean journey.  Watch the video for a deeper dive into each pitfall. Lean

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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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