Want to hear what I have to say?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on September 23, 2016 · 0 comments

Maybe you don’t, but I presume you wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. Here are some of the upcoming opportunities to engage with me and hear some of what I have to say. Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, September 25th, Philadelphia, PA I was a keynote speaker and the very first LPPDE. This year, the […]

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The 5 Frequencies of Leadership, and how I apply them to coaching soccer

09.20.2016

I recently had the opportunity to give a speech for a different audience that I’m used to – the Centennial National Convention for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. The majority of the audience were university undergraduates, either in leadership roles at their sorority or planning to take leadership roles. As I was planning on talking […]

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My contribution for Practicing Lean

09.06.2016

Mark Graban has been editing a book titled Practicing Lean: Learning How to Learn to Get Better…Better. I recently wrote a chapter which I have included below for everyone’s reading, but I recommended you pick up the book. The proceeds benefit the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Here is my chapter: What’s wrong with […]

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My latest podcast with Mark Graban

08.31.2016

It has been far too long since I’ve recorded a podcast with my friend Mark Graban, as this short history from his post indicates: Jamie was previously a guest on episodes #5, #6, #10, #50 (where he interviewed me), and #64. We were long overdue for another one. This episode is intentionally more conversational than […]

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Give authority to those closest to the information

08.17.2016

The following video was recently shared with me, and it reminding me of hearing the speaker in person. It’s a great story. It is the story of Captain David Marquet, Commander of a nuclear submarine, which is an environment that is perhaps least tolerance of leadership failures, and therefore a difficult place to try something […]

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Solving (or embracing?) conflicts of interest

08.15.2016

I’ve had to resolve many conflicts of interest over the years. I’ve always felt uneasy about them, and often went to extremes just to avoid the impression of a conflict of interest. Then someone said something to me that really got me thinking: “If you don’t have any conflicts of interest, you’re not doing anything […]

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How do you determine your core competencies?

08.11.2016

I was recently asked how someone should go about determining their core competencies. I had actually never thought about that question deeply. Any time it has come up, it either seemed obvious, or we just hacked our way to a determination based on some informed argument. So I gave it a lot of thought, and […]

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Stop saying you’re busy

08.08.2016

“How are you?” someone would ask. “Busy” was my natural response. But over 100s of repeated responses, it seemed insufficient to describe just how busy I felt. So the response would vary from “very busy” to “extremely busy” to “a bit overwhelmed at the moment.” Was I looking for pity, or trying to impress people […]

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Never leave in silent disagreement

08.05.2016

Whether a longer kaizen event or just a long meeting, it is commonplace to establish ground rules for the meeting. Some companies have standing ground rules that apply to all meetings. Others make it the facilitators’ job to establish them with the group before the meeting starts. There are some standards such as phones on […]

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Make money or make meaning?

08.03.2016

Every company can have a mission and a vision. What are we about? What are we good at? But if you really want to think about your company’s direction, ask this very hard question… If my company did not exist, why would the world be not as good a place? This doesn’t mean you have […]

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