The Lean Strategy Video Series Summary

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on January 14, 2015 · 0 comments

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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If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

11.07.2014

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Put up a knocker. Add a sign. And put a doorman out to steer opportunity your way. Where am I going with this? I see too much victim mentality and it drives me crazy. The worst kind is the jealous kind, seeing other organization’s success as simply a […]

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Should price be the primary metric of supplier management?

11.05.2014

Are you treating your suppliers right? General Motors, a company historically adversarial with their suppliers, long outlasting their 800-pound gorilla status, is working towards mending and building relationships with its suppliers. Some of their playbook is the same old GM. They are looking to consolidate their supply base so that they can have better pricing […]

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If we’re going to fight fires, do it like the pros

11.03.2014

This post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. Email comes in. React. Issue gets raised at a meeting. React. Customer calls. React. What do we call it when we spend all day reacting to the events around us? FIREFIGHTING! We all do it. It’s how most people spend the majority of their day. […]

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