What's the proper election rotation of board members, annual or classes?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-01-11

Bad boards have been in the news lately. The ongoing debacles at HP and Yahoo seem almost comical, to the point that you can literally imagine clowns running around in the board room. Of course, the easy thing for many people to assume is that they are just made up

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The Farmer and the Field [Guest Post]

by Donald Sweigart on 07-20-11

Guest Post: Donald Sweigart worked with “The Body Shop @” which developed the “Star-Link Certified” Lean business model improving Profitability, CSI, and Cycle Time in the Collision Repair Industry. This model is now licensed by a Fortune 100 in it’s Industry-wide Lean Training. His passion is implementing Lean solutions in

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Prioritize to Finish, not to Start

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-11-11

There’s a lot of focus on prioritization and rightly so. There are so many things I can get you distracted, not prioritizing can generate a great deal of waste. However, when individuals or organizations decide to prioritize, they often focus on the wrong factors. What everybody wants to prioritize our

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Lean Strategy: First, Understand the Current Condition

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-01-11

[viddler id-ee972578 h-370 w-437] In this next installment of the Lean Strategy video series, we will explore a bit about the early part of the strategy building process which is more about how do we gain the knowledge of the current reality, the situation, the market, the field, the technology,

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Lean Strategy: Focus on the How

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-24-11

[viddler id-5df79ab0 h-370 w-437] In our continuing video series on Lean Strategy, I want to talk about the “how” of the strategy. Not the “how of strategy building” but the “how of strategy execution.” Show Notes and Approximate Time 00:27 : So often we talk about the “what we’re going

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Reflection

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-03-11

[viddler id-98d12765 h-370 w-437] In our continuing Strategy Friday video series on Lean Strategy, I explore how reflection as part of  lean thinking can also be an integral part in building or planning your business strategy, as well as adjusting as you move along.. Show Notes and Approximate Time What

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What is the purpose of waste elimination? And the natural law of gas

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-31-11

Waste elimination seems pretty straightforward, right? Of course waste elimination is good, so why do we need a purpose? Because when we free up waste, most organizations don’t know what to do with it. To be clear about this, you first need to be clear about the strategic direction or

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Ideal State Thinking

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-27-11

[viddler id-b6d6c583 h-370 w-437] In the second Friday Strategy session on Lean Strategy, I explore how we can incorporate and apply lean thinking, specifically the use of the ideal state, in building or developing your business strategy. Building the aspirational models of the ideal state for the business helps provide

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Forget the Annual Budget, "Let it Roll"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-25-11

I’m always perplexed and frustrated by the annual budgeting process. The waste I see it creating, even from outside organizations, is incredibly large. People start planning things financially before they have any idea of what to do. People postpone things that they shouldn’t because it’s not yet in the budget,

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Competition

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-20-11

[viddler id-8f69771f h-370 w-437] Today we are beginning a new video series on the topic of strategy. I will be sharing these videos on Fridays. Why Fridays? I think the weekend is a great time to be thinking about strategy, because it allows us to step back from the business

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