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Practicing Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-28-17

The idea that just as doctors practice medicine we must practice lean is the premise of a book I contributed to called Practicing Lean which was edited by Mark Graban. We must be wiling to evolve our practices and learn as we move forward.   Order a copy of the book today

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A must-read leadership book: Leadership Without Excuses

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-15-15

There are 1,000s of leadership books out there. And for good reason. Leadership is one of the secret weapons of success whether it be in lean transformation in a Fortune 50 company or running a 3-person startup or running a high school science class. It’s really far too important to

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The beauty and effectiveness of simple communication structures

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-12-14

How do I get engaged communication going with my team? How do I reach them? How do we get people talking without it dragging into an endless venting session? These are questions many leaders struggle with. In an effort to engage people, they open up Pandora’s Box of issues and

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The failure of "Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions!"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-07-12

I head this approach many times, and in many different forms. Managers say “I don’t want people to bring me problems; I want them to bring me solutions.” Or “I don’t want more questions, I want answers.” I ran across this on the Harvard Business Review Blog in The No

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Building great spaces instead of great managers

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-30-12

Why do organizations build great workspaces? Get prime real estate with a great zip code? Buy the fanciest office furniture and features? We do it in an effort to be an employer of choice. We do it to recruit, and retain, the top talent. But is there a problem in

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The Fine Line Between Micro-Management and Surfacing Problems

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-21-11

Not many people want to be the victim of micro-management. And most managers don’t espouse operating that way. But not all micro-management is created equal. As organizations pursue lean effort,s I see a tension between making problems visible and micro-management. Many organizations are very sensitive to anything that feels like

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Using internal blogging as a leader

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-22-10

How do I communicate with my organization? This is a challenge for any leader particularly as their organization grows. Leaders try to communicate through their staff to the rest of the organization, but the message is often distorted or diluted. Leaders try to communicate through lots of one-on-one conversations, but

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People are not assets

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-20-10

What is an asset? By definition, it is “a single item of ownership having exchange value.” Exchange value, as in buy and sell. Sounds a bit like slavery to me, which is still this country’s most shameful part of its history. Why are assets on the balance sheet? So that

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Valid or reliable – is your culture right?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-29-10

This week I’ve been writing about the tradeoff between measuring things in a valid way or a reliable means. Two posts published so far are: Valid or reliable – take your pick Valid or reliable – trying to break the tradeoff How does this impact culture? Culture is one of

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Creating Employee Engagement, Part 4

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-08-10

This is the final part of a 4 part series on Creating Employee Engagement. You can first read Parts 1, 2, and 3. Skills Required for Engagement Skill gaps to create engagement exist both in employees and managers, although most transformation efforts tend to focus on only one or the

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