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

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-04-24

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 of problem-solving and collaboration. The conversation focuses on Steve’s new book, co-authored with Gene Kim, titled Wiring the Winning Organization: Liberating Our Collective Greatness through Slowification, Simplification, and Amplification.

Steve shares his unique approach to collaborative problem-solving, emphasizing the value of diverse perspectives to forge robust solutions. Drawing from his experience with the Toyota Production System and as an educator at MIT, he underscores the significance of creating learning organizations.

A key aspect of the conversation is Steve’s focus on intentional problem-solving. He stresses the importance of identifying and addressing critical moments thoughtfully, a practice crucial for sustainable and effective solutions.

Steve also explores the sustainability and scalability of solutions in various contexts. He advocates for adaptable solutions that can evolve with changing scenarios, a principle central to his consulting work and teachings.

Further, Steve reflects on the learning aspect of problem-solving. He views each challenge as an opportunity for individual and organizational growth, a perspective that has shaped his contributions to industries like healthcare and energy.

For further insights from Steve Spear, visit and connect with him on LinkedIn. Additionally, explore a detailed discussion between Gene Kim and Steve Spear on “Wiring the Winning Organization” here. The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition Wiring the Winning Organization