We Enjoy the Comfort of Opinion without the Discomfort of Thought

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-11-24

I recently rediscovered a great quote from President John F. Kennedy. It was during Lehigh University’s commencement, where I was observing my daughter Emma’s graduation. The original quote is from Kennedy’s commencement speech at Yale University on June 11th, 1962, and was echoed by Lehigh’s President Joseph Helble in his

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Qorvo’s Lee Moore on Mastering Problem-Solving and Leadership

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-06-24

  In this episode of People Solve Problems, host Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomes Lee Moore, Director of Foundry and Fab Materials at Qorvo. With nearly 25 years at Qorvo, Lee is deeply committed to developing a culture of proactive problem solvers within the organization. His role not only involves negotiating capacities

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When The Big Picture Can Be Counterproductive

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-04-24

On Forbes: When The Big Picture Can Be Counterproductive Sometimes, the big picture can be overwhelming. When it is, it leads to doubt, delay, overthinking and other counterproductive behaviors. Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, who we could call Marcus the Practical, offers some helpful advice in this regard:

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Adopting a Tool-Agnostic Approach to Problem Solving (

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-29-24

When someone utters the phrase “problem solving”, what is the first image that comes to mind? For most people, those words immediately take you into problem solving tools and templates. This is because many of us have gone through training program after training program to learn various tools. For myself,

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Improve Your Attention Management With Three Strategies

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-28-24

On Forbes: Improve Your Attention Management With Three Strategies In my previous article, “Forget Time Management—Manage Your Attention,” I outlined why attention management is a powerful mechanism for effectiveness. The goal is to allocate our attention to fewer things, whether tasks or decisions. Do fewer things better. Go deeper on

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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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