Leadership

The 4Cs of Trust

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-14-20

Trust in an organization is both elusive and yet vital, abstract and yet mentioned frequently. Trust is an important backdrop to help build any transformation, including a lean transformation. Few would argue with this, but also few would talk about what to do about it. How do you build trust?

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Board of Director Lessons from Theranos

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-07-20

Theranos has captured the attention of many, in part because the hype surrounding its founder reached such massive peaks, and partly because the degree of fraud is on par with 19th-century snake oil salesmen, except on a billion-dollar scale. To be sure, we’ve seen large-scale fraud or misconduct before. We

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National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Conference – a few highlights

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-07-19

I recently attended the National Association of Corporate Directors. I was an early Leadership Fellow through NACD when they launched the program, as I believe in continued learning and personal improvement. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended the conference (it conflicts with my fall soccer coaching schedule), and

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Delegating Improvement

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-28-19

Have you ever delegated a task and the team or person you delegated the task to goes down the wrong path? This often happens when management delegates a problem-solving task but have already determined what they want the answer to that problem to be. There is a time for delegation

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The 4Cs of Building Trust [Lessons From the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-03-19

Trust is an important precondition for lean success, but it’s not as easy as asking people to trust you. You must take deliberate actions to build trust. In my latest column for Industry Week, I share the systems I use to build trust-based cultures. I have developed and tested these

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My Notes from Jeff and Mark Bezo’s Rare Interview

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-01-19

 This interview was conducted in 2017  but I only just watched it (but wrote it before the news of his pending divorce). It is very unique, with Jeff Bezos’ brother conducting the interview, and at no point do they delve into the Amazon.com business model. It is really about Jeff, which

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Business Model Canvas-An Introduction

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-11-18

The business model canvas is not solely for the benefit of entrepreneurs, all businesses can benefit from it especially when evaluating changes in their business model. The business model canvas is a tool that businesses can use to facilitate a dialog around where your business model currently is, where it needs

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Drucker Institute’s / Wall Street Journal Best Managed Companies

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-19-17

The Wall Street Journey released their inaugural Management Top 250, a list of the best managed companies. It is based on the research of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, releasing a much larger list and their scoring in this table Amazon tops the list, followed by Apple and

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Metrics: It’s about more than measurements

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-14-17

We often hear “we cannot manage what we cannot measure”.  I think the better way to say it and approach improvement is that you cannot manage or improve what you cannot evaluate. As you are looking to improve something you need to ask how you are going to understand what

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Relentless Patience

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-31-17

When people talk about a lean journey, they say the word “journey” as if they understand it will take time to change a culture, however their behavior often reveals they don’t have the relentless patience will actually take to create change.  We talked about the effort required to changing a

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