change

Change at the Right Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-10-20

Many, if not all organizations (including governments and non-profits) are having to change to deal with the multiple crises of 2020. Some of those changes are positive, some negative, and some a matter of life and death. But, are you trying to change at the right level? Many are only

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Creating aspiration for change, and my time as a clown

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-03-14

I was a clown. Some might think I still am. Let me return to that in a moment. When trying to create change in the organization, we often struggle with ways to motivate people to change behavior. We certainly often aspire to ignite the intrinsic motivation of individuals, and for

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The Lean Starting Line [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-02-14

It’s time for another installment of Lessons from the Road, my column for IndustryWeek. In the next few installments, I will talk about the lean roadmap, or how to handle the change management of the lean journey. This month, I am talking about the beginning of the journey, The Lean

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Build a deliberate culture, not an accidental one [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-13-14

In my last Lessons from the Road column, I introduced the the idea that culture is the most important element of lean transformation. I was fortunate to have the opportunity early in my lean journey to see just how important the correct behaviors would be, regardless of how well you

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KAPOW! A lesson on change management from Batman?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-02-13

  There is a line in the movie Batman Begins that reminds me a lesson we teach in lean quite often. When Bruce Wayne returns and is planning his new role as Batman, he tells his butler and confident Alfred “people need dramatic example to shake them out of apathy.”

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What we can learn from a giraffe about dealing with change

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-23-12

For a Friday humor, here is a giraffe stuck in quicksand. A client is using this video to help introduce what people go through when dealing with change, through the classic stages of grief. Of course, there’s also a lesson here. Management, and leaders at all levels, sometimes forget that

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The ability to change… personally and in business [Guest Post]

by Kurt Woolley on 08-24-11

Guest Post: Kurt Woolley is Lean Champion within Intel’s Fab/Sort Manufacturing (FSM) organization, and founder of Atmos Industries. See more on his LinkedIn profile. The other day, as I was scrubbing the dishes with the same old brush that we’ve used for years, I glanced at the crusty, worn, bent

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Spreading Ideas Across Your Organization

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-06-11

How do you spread good ideas across your organization? My fellow blogger Jon Miller wrote a great post on Yokoten, or lateral deployment, a couple months ago. It’s a great post, both because of it’s content but also because of it’s importance. How much is an idea worth to your

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