Leadership

Don't Take Your Foot Off the Gas

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-01-09

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Are you stupid or something?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-13-09

This is the thought process behind the reactions from managers more often than the words are actually spoken. Even if it were true, does that thought process help you improve? Does it help them? No, it just deteriorates the situation. Of course Forrest Gump had the ultimate response: “Stupid is

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Innovation and Rewarding Learning

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-23-09

Over on the Lean Blog Mark Graban wrote a post titled Innovation Is as Innovation Does? Besides channeling Forrest Gump, this makes a great point. Innovation is an outcome, but without a process we won’t get it. And that process includes culture, skill, systems, methods, and so on. Mark makes

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Recognize For the Future, Not the Past

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-06-09

Many organizations have formal recognition methods within their organization that are used to highlight people and their accomplishments. Other organizations practice recognition more informally, in team meetings and even in hallways with simple “thank you for ____” statements. Neither of these are wrong, as long as you are practicing some

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Lean thinker Paul O'Neill

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-01-09

True lean thinkers in positions of power are hard to come by, but Paul O’Neill may be one of the best examples we have in the US. Former head of Alcoa, former Treasury Secretary under President Bush (for a very short period), and founder of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative

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Leading Lean A-Z: F for be First

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-11-09

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean[This is a continuation of a thread on Leading Lean topics from A-Z]When visiting companies that feel better about their lean journey than they probably should, perhaps the most common thin…

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Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-03-09
[amazon asin=B001JAHF30&template=iframe image] Author: Steven Spear Publication Date: 2008 Book Description: What's the key message? Steven Spear's years of observing Toyota and his studies of other companies, both successes and failures, have led him to distill a set of principles organizations can use to be more successful. Spear indicates that Read More

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-06-08

Author: Jamie Flinchbaugh, Andy Carlino Publication Date: 2006 Book Description: What’s the key message? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road does not center on one primary message. If you had to choose one, however, it would probably be that lean is about more than tools and process

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The Machine That Changed the World

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[amazon asin=0060974176&template=iframe image] Author: James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos Publication Date: 1990 Book Description: What's the key message? The Machine That Changed the World is the product of a 5-year, $5M study of the international auto industry. It was really an exploration of the Toyota Production System and Read More

The Toyota Way

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[amazon asin=0071392319&template=iframe image] Author: Jeffrey Liker Publication Date: 2003 Book Description: What's the key message? The Toyota Way is a study of how Toyota manages and improves itself. It addresses not just solutions and tools, but the supporting culture and skills as well. It is done as an enterprise-wide exploration Read More