Aesop’s Fables: Hercules and the Waggoner

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-04-12

Many of you know that I love Aesop’s Fables to present timeless lessons, and write about how they connect to lessons in the lean journey. This fable is titled: Hercules and the Waggoner   “A Waggoner was driving his team along a muddy lane with a full load behind them, when the

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Jamie’s Fables: The Peacock and the Thorn

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-15-11

Those of you who have followed me for some time know that I like Aesop’s Fables. They are great ways of encapsulating lessons of life. I’ve been writing on how these lessons apply to lean transformation. You can see all of these examples here. I decided instead of just borrowing

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The Bee and Jupiter

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-10-11

  I have used Aesop’s Fables before, and here are some lessons from The Bee and Jupiter. A Queen bee from Hymettus flew up to Olympus with some fresh honey from the hive as a present to Jupiter, who was pleased with the gift that he promised to give her

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The North Wind and the Sun

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-04-10

I’ve enjoyed connecting the fables of Aesop to lessons in lean and leadership. You can read my previous posts here. Here is a lesson about change management. How do you get engagement? How do you get compliance? The North Wind and the Sun A dispute arose between the North Wind

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Finding the hidden "mouse" skills in every team member

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-22-10

It’s too bad everyone isn’t just like us, isn’t it? Wouldn’t the world be a better place? Of course not. But our behaviors often suggest that we do hang on to this belief. We are far more likely to recognize the skills and talents of others if those skills and

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The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-12-10

  Aesop’s Fables present timeless lessons. As my mind thinks, I related these back to organizational lessons and to lean transformation, as I wrote about The Mice in Council before. One of the most famous phrases, even if people don’t really know the story, is The Goose That Laid the

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An idea is not always enough.

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-24-10

A useful fable from Aesop, one of my all-time favorite writers, The Mice in Council. Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse

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