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 cocktail, and to invent an original recipe. Jamie’s is called The Bourbon Harmony, although there was a lot in there to try to reach harmony, and Mark’s was called the Spiced Cherry Rye Cocktail. The verdict for both drinks was that they were good, but probably wouldn’t be made a 2nd time. We had slightly different tactics in prompting ChatGPT to generate our recipes, which we discussed. 

We then spent a little time recognizing the passing of Don Peterson, former CEO of Ford in the late 1980s. Petersen was very different from an automotive CEO at the time, disrupting many practices whose time had come. Most notably he brought in Dr. Deming to help influence the transformation. 

The discussion then turned into a deeper dive into how a lean thinker might look at artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more. This explored governance of AI, having good standard work and workflow design around AI usage, lessons of effective delegation while treating AI like an employee, when to use it, and even a few tips and tricks along the way. We saved the discussion of whether AI will be the end of humanity for when we might have a stronger cocktail. 

Have AI design your new cocktail, make it yourself since AI can’t do that, and sit down for this interesting discussion. Cheers, or in binary… 01100011 01101000 01100101 01100101 01110010 01110011


  • Jamie’s Bourbon Harmony recipe: 2 oz Bourbon (used Elijah Craig Small Batch), 0.5 oz Lillet Blanc, 0.5 oz Aperol, 0.25 oz Drambuie, 2 dashes Orange Bitters, 1 dash Angostura Bitters, Orange peel (for garnish)
  • Mark’s Spiced Cherry Rye Cocktail recipe: 2 oz Rye Whiskey, 0.5 oz Tart Cherry Liqueur, 0.5 oz Italicus, 0.25 oz Green Chartreuse, 0.25 oz Aperol, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, Garnish: Lemon twist or a few cherries
  • News of former Ford CEO Don Petersen passing away, and Mark’s blog post adding much context including Dr. Deming
  • GrantThornton’s report on AI risks 
  • Jamie’s YouTube video linking AI and problem solving 
  • Wall Street Journal on whether AI causes job loss 
  • Wall Street Journal on how AI changes jobs
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