People Solve Problems Podcast

People Solve Problems Podcast

About the Podcast

People Solve Problems is an engaging new podcast hosted by Jamie Flinchbaugh, the author of the book with the same title. In this insightful series, Jamie interviews a diverse array of guests – from thought leaders and authors to practitioners and everyday individuals, delving into their unique perspectives on problem solving. This compact, interview-style podcast offers valuable insights into what constitutes effective problem-solving, the challenges faced in the process, and the strategies employed. It aims to equip listeners with a wealth of ideas, best practices, and approaches to enhance their problem-solving skills. Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes by clicking the follow button and signing up today.

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Art Byrne, retired CEO of The Wiremold Company, on Lean Transformation

In the latest episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh sits down with Art Byrne, the retired CEO of The Wiremold Company. Art’s profound influence on the lean community is well-known, having introduced lean principles to over 30 companies from his positions as CEO and author of

Frank L. Douglas of Safe Haven Dialogues on Reframing Discrimination and Inclusion

In this episode of “People Solve Problems,” Jamie Flinchbaugh hosts Frank L. Douglas, CEO of Safe Haven Dialogues. Frank brings a wealth of experience as a former Executive Vice President and Board Member of Aventis, now Sanofi, and shares insights from his storied career in the pharmaceutical industry and beyond.

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

  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

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

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

Jamie Flinchbaugh Reflects: Lessons from a Problem-Solving Journey

        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

Jeff Grimshaw of MGStrategy: Cultivating Agile Cultures Through Risk

      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

Innovating the Future: Cheryl Stokes on Inclusive Leadership at CNEXT

        Cheryl Stokes, the CEO of CNEXT, joined Jamie Flinchbaugh on his podcast “People Solve Problems” to share her insights into corporate education, leadership development, culture change, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. With a rich background that spans over two decades, Cheryl has significantly contributed to these

Inclusive Problem Solving and Culture Transformation: Insights from Rebecca Snelling of RS Consulting

      In this episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomes Rebecca Snelling, the owner of RS Consulting. The conversation focuses on the themes of collaboration, problem-solving, leadership, and the importance of a culture that supports these endeavors within the design and construction industry. Rebecca brings

Teams Solving Problems: Sarah Tilkens’ Strategies from GE and The KPI Lab

        In a recent episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, Jamie Flinchbaugh sits down with Sarah Tilkens, Senior Manager of OpEx for GE Healthcare as well as the CEO & Founder of The KPI Lab, to discuss the art and science of problem-solving within organizations. Sarah

Unlocking Creativity in Problem Solving with Durward Sobek of Montana State University-Bozeman

        In this People Solve Problems podcast episode, Jamie Flinchbaugh engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Durward Sobek, Vice Provost at Montana State University-Bozeman. They go into the challenges and nuances of solving ill-defined and open-ended problems, particularly in the realm of product development. Durward brings his

Joshua Ehrig on Mastering Problem-Solving in Entrepreneurship – Lehigh University Insights

      In the latest episode of the “People Solve Problems” podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomes Joshua Ehrig, Professor of Practice at Lehigh University. Joshua shares insightful perspectives on problem-solving within the realms of entrepreneurship, business model innovation, and corporate innovation. Joshua begins by highlighting the critical importance of

Navigating Change with Andrea Jones: Agile Project Management at AJC

        In this episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh engages in a deep and insightful conversation with Andrea Jones, the founder of AJC. Andrea shares her extensive knowledge and experiences in project management and change implementation, particularly in mid-market companies. She introduces her

Strategic Problem-Solving in Government: A Conversation with Frank Nestore of Mathtech

      In this episode of People Solve Problems, host Jamie Flinchbaugh invites a thought-provoking guest, Frank Nestore, Vice President at Mathtech’s public sector consulting practice. The episode delves into the intricate world of problem-solving within governmental agencies, a realm where Frank has extensive experience and deep insights. Frank

Steve Spear on Collaborative Problem-Solving at See to Solve LLC

      In the latest episode of People Solve Problems, Jamie Flinchbaugh has an engaging discussion with Steve Spear, the Founder of See to Solve LLC and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. Steve, renowned for his expertise in operational excellence and leadership, delves into the intricacies

Leading Change in Manufacturing: Mel Zehnpfennig of Dynamic Improvement Group

In this episode of “People Solve Problems,” Jamie Flinchbaugh engages in an enlightening conversation with Mel Zehnpfennig, Managing Partner at Dynamic Improvement Group. With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades in lean manufacturing, Mel shares his approach to tackling complex problems in various industries, from automotive to more

John McCullough: Pragmatic Problem-Solving at Sharp Services

In the People Solve Problems podcast, hosted by Jamie Flinchbaugh, John McCullough, Director of Continuous Improvement at Sharp Services, shares his expertise and experiences in problem-solving within the pharmaceutical industry. John, a global continuous improvement leader, strategic thought partner, and change agent, also extends his lean journey expertise to various

Dr. Zacharia: Adaptive Problem-Solving – Lehigh University

On this episode “People Solve Problems” podcast, Jamie Flinchbaugh hosts Dr. Zach G. Zacharia, the Interim Department Chair (DATA) and Associate Professor at Lehigh University and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research at Lehigh. Dr. Zacharia, with his extensive background in Supply Chain Management, shares his insights on

Pam Klyn: Engineering a Culture of Problem-Solving Whirlpool Corporation

In a compelling exchange, Pam Klyn of Whirlpool draws from her experiences to shed light on the nuances of problem-solving. Her stories, rich with lessons learned from challenges faced and triumphs celebrated, provide a roadmap for those seeking to hone their problem-solving skills. As she explains her methodologies, she speaks

Cindy Hinds: Leading Through Coaching at A.O. Smith

In this episode of the “People Solve Problems” podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh sits down with guest, Cindy Hinds, the Global Director of Enterprise Excellence at A.O. Smith. Cindy brings with her a wealth of knowledge, boasting over 25 years of experience in implementing Lean principles within organizations. Their conversation explores

People Solve Problems Episode 8 with Special Guest Andy Bailey

  On this episode of the People Solve Problems Podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh engages in an insightful conversation with guest Andy Bailey, Founder of Petra Coach,, and Together, they navigate the intricacies of business, weaving in their combined expertise and personal experiences. At the outset, Andy reflects on

People Solve Problems Episode 7 with Special Guest Lorenzo Gutierrez

With a focus on actionable insights, host Jamie Flinchbaugh dialogues with Lorenzo Gutierrez, Director of Enterprise Excellence at Sandia National Laboratories. They offer valuable insights into leadership, intuition, and coaching. With over 20 years of leadership experience in diverse fields including semiconductor manufacturing and national security, Lorenzo is well-qualified to

People Solve Problems Episode 6 with Special Guest Ron Pereira

In a recent podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh sat down with guest Ron Pereira to explore various facets of leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. The conversation kicked off with the two discussing the communication challenges faced by remote teams that include both introverted and extroverted members. Ron emphasized the role of digital

People Solve Problems Episode 5 with Special Guest Elisabeth Swan

In this episode of the People Solve Problems podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh interviews Elisabeth Swan, co-founder of the Just-in-Time Café and a seasoned expert in continuous improvement with over 30 years of experience in the industry. As a consultant, coach, instructor, and podcast host, Elisabeth brings a wealth of knowledge

People Solve Problems Episode 4 with Special Guest Justin Max

In a recent podcast episode, host Jamie Flinchbaugh sits down with Justin Max, founder of Spark DSG. Spark DSG is a standout digital design and development agency, and under Justin’s leadership, the team employs their unique IDEAS process to address and solve complex business challenges with clear results. During the

People Solve Problems Episode 3 with Special Guest Jim Huntzinger

In a thought-provoking episode of the People Solve Problems Podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh has an engaging conversation with Jim Huntzinger, Founder and President of Lean Frontiers. Jim’s background is in manufacturing, engineering, and the lean enterprise. Jim’s understanding and experience provide listeners with a wealth of knowledge applicable to a

People Solve Problems Episode 2 with Special Guest Mark Graban

        In an engaging episode of the podcast, host Jamie Flinchbaugh welcomes distinguished guest, Mark Graban. The conversation provides invaluable insights into management, problem-solving, and risk mitigation methodologies, drawing from Mark’s wealth of experience and expertise. Mark begins the discussion by emphasizing the importance of failure modes

People Solve Problems Episode 1 with Special Guest Andy Carlino

In this episode, guest Andy Carlino and host Jamie Flinchbaugh delve into an intricate discussion on the complexities of problem-solving within organizations and the crucial role of precise language in defining problems and solutions. They emphasize the importance of a clear problem statement, underlining that without one, efforts to solve