COVID19

The Future of Work, and the Workplace, Post-Covid

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-05-21

The future of work post-pandemic has been much anticipated and has caused legitimate concern for many. Working conditions for some have been improved, for others, it has been stressful. As for many, working conditions have been impossible as the unemployment numbers for women while kids learn remotely have demonstrated. Companies

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Lean Whiskey Episode 24

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-05-21

Episode 24: “Homemade whiskey cream and vaccination (not to be mixed up)” In Episode 24, Mark and Jamie return to a familiar format, just the two of them chatting over some whiskey. In this episode, they decide to make homemade whiskey cream (more popularly known as Irish cream or just

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Rethinking (beyond COVID) Your Training Strategies

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-15-20

“For too long, L&D has focused on creating day-long training programs where employees are all on the same path, regardless of their individual knowledge or experience” states this article in Chief Learning Officer.   Covid-19 has forced us to test and challenge many of our assumptions, such as whether or

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Lean Whiskey [Episode #21]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-23-20

Episode 21: “What is the point of lean during a rare pandemic?”   In Episode 21, Mark and Jamie return to our regular casual format of open discussion over a drink, this time joined by Tom Ehrenfeld, well known to the lean community for his writing and editorial work with

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Do You Delay, Adjust, or Redesign?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-27-20

The COVID pandemic has delayed and deferred many important activities from projects to learning to networking. Many companies and individuals are facing decisions about what to do with those important but on-hold items. In this video, I provide a framework for sorting through options and making decisions, with the criteria

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Lean in a Post COVID-19 World

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-14-20

The world has changed, how should lean change with it? If you’re a lean professional or lean practitioner, how are you adding value now? How has it affected your lean work? Hear a few of my thoughts on how we must change.  

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Advice during COVID19 for Internal Lean Resources

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-07-20

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve had numerous conversations with internal lean resources with all sorts of titles, struggling with how to support lean during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some are shut down, others are on work from home restrictions. Some companies are at full tilt, supporting the crisis

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What questions do you have about strategic thinking?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-20-20

A brief message for those who have the opportunity to work on self-improvement during the COVID19 distancing measures. I will be working on a video course on strategic thinking. What questions do you have about strategic thinking, business model canvas, etc.? I will use those questions to help shape my

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Perspectives and Reflection in Hard Times

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-19-20

I stumbled upon something I wrote 18 years ago, and I thought it was relevant for current times. I wrote it on behalf of an equipment manufacturer who was marketing to manufacturing companies. Manufacturing, in particular, was in deep recession and times were tough. Today, some of your lives are

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Complimentary Access to Lean Learning Platform (JFlinch Learning Lab)

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-16-20

Many companies are responding appropriately to the COVID19 pandemic, restricting travel and reducing large groups. This means lean conferences and training are mostly canceled, even those which didn’t involve travel. But that doesn’t mean that lean learning has to, or should, stop. With that I mind, I am making the

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