Is the Business Model Canvas a Template, Method, or Mindset?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-09-21

The business model canvas, and its sister format the lean canvas, has become cemented in the lexica of entrepreneurship, strategy, and innovation. While its form is familiar to many, its use is quite varied. The relative experience and skill with which it is wielded is a significant factor, but just

Read More

Problems across boundaries require a different approach

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-01-10

How do you engage other departments in problems? Most organizations do this at the wrong time. This is why efforts like value stream mapping exist. People we don’t engage across functions on an ongoing basis, we need over-the-top efforts to break in and start to solve those cross-boundary issues. But

Read More

“I disagree” should be celebrated, not stricken

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-27-10

In today’s politically correct world, conflict is avoided seemingly at all costs. But without active conflict management, good decisions cannot be made. I propose we need more tolerance rather than more sensitivity. As a sign of how overly far sensitivity has gone, we were once told not to use the

Read More

Collaboration at a Local Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-17-09

How do you learn from other companies in your area? How can you help each other? Professional societies and their local member chapters often filled that void, but only within the narrow silo professions in which memberships are formed. Collaboration on a broader level, around topics such as performance and

Read More