A must-read leadership book: Leadership Without Excuses

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on February 15, 2015 · 0 comments

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 be condensed to one topic…leadership. […]

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Valuing the small improvement

02.12.2015

This post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. Small improvements matter. Yet, organizations often de-value them because they are small. They don’t always do it intentionally. They may simple OVER-value the big improvements, through recognition and reward. Here are three important reasons to value making small improvements: 1. It’s how you learn and […]

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Losing Control of Your Lean Journey [Lessons from the Road]

02.11.2015

Do you feel a little out of control of your lean journey? Good. The lean journey is not one that can be so self-contained that one person or team can keep their arms around it. If they can, it either hasn’t reached that important transitional point, or you are choking it off. In this month’s […]

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The Lean Strategy Video Series Summary

01.14.2015

A few years ago I develop a short video series on Lean Strategy. Given my last post challenged you not to start the year without a clear strategy and purpose, I thought it was worthwhile to dust off this video series and re-release it. I had a lot of offline comments about it, and I’m […]

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How did you spend the first week of the new year?

01.11.2015

How did you spend the first week of the new year? If you were like many people, you spent it doing some pretty common things such as catching up on emails and going to some standing meetings, many of which probably began with people trying to remember why we have this particular standing meeting. It’s […]

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One of my least favorite questions

12.16.2014

I get a lot of questions – during my coaching and advisory visits, after delivering a speech, by email, by phone, and sometimes from conversations started in airports. I try to answer every last one of them, which could be a full time job all by itself. But there is one question that is one […]

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Reflections on coaching (from Andy Carlino)

12.11.2014

My friend and co-author Andy Carlino had a great idea for his blog site. He shares Reflections in 3 columns – What’s good? What’s bad? What do I think? – on different topics. At this time he is covering coaching. I encourage you to visit the home page at AndyCarlino.com to read it for yourself. […]

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Control is overrated…and a myth

12.10.2014

Management has long been based, although not necessarily by design, on a basis of control. For much of time, that control worked, but at the same time it did not allow for great organizations to be built. It at least did not allow organizations to be build on the capabilities of the people in that […]

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Creating aspiration for change, and my time as a clown

12.03.2014

I was a clown. Some might think I still am. Let me return to that in a moment. When trying to create change in the organization, we often struggle with ways to motivate people to change behavior. We certainly often aspire to ignite the intrinsic motivation of individuals, and for the “big” stuff, that is […]

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Building a Strong Lean Foundation [Lessons from the Road]

11.30.2014

Organizational transformation is a tricky challenge. Many, if not most, of the questions I received have to do with how to transform an organization. And a small organization is just as challenging as a large organization, but for different reasons. In the last installment of Lessons from the Road, I addressed some key issues in […]

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