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Forget the New Year’s Resolution..

01.03.2016

6 years ago, I wrote this post Forget the New Year’s Resolutions. As many of you are busy preparing your goals for 2016, or setting New Year’s Resolutions, I wanted to share this for your consideration along with a few additional thoughts. My key additional thought is that as you develop either goals or resolutions, […]

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Gemba Academy podcast: Getting the Board on Board with Lean with Jamie Flinchbaugh

11.30.2015

While attending the Summit on Lean Leadership by Lean Frontiers in partnership with the Lean Leadership Academy, I was leading a discussion on the lean board of directors. Coming out of the conference, I will produce a paper outlining some of the key thoughts. We discussed 3 aspects of the lean board: 1. Educating the […]

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The relationship between trust and lean

04.07.2015

Lean doesn’t happen just because you want it to. There are enablers that make it possible. Trust is one of those enables. In this brief conversation between Andy Carlino and myself, we explore the relationship between lean and trust.  

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Gemba Academy interviews me

07.25.2014

Our friend from Gemba Academy, Ron Pereira, recently interviewed me for his Gemba Academy podcasts. Here’s a brief synopsis of what is covered. Jamie’s lean career history (2:42) The quote that has inspired Jamie for over 15 years (4:08) Jamie’s definition of a Lean Leader, and why it’s a verb, not a noun (6:07) Why […]

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The difference between tension and stress

04.28.2013

Although I’m a bit behind on many things, The Lean Edge asked a question that I’m just now getting around to answering. Is highlighting problems stressful and increased pressure on workers? There is a major difference between tension and stress, and this difference when not understood causes tremendous problems. Leaders trying to create tension end […]

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Presentation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Lean

03.21.2013

Tuesday I was the featured speaker at Morris Midwest‘s Morris Madness customer open house. Morris features Okuma and Tsugami machine tools. Although many of the slides won’t mean much without the words that go with them, here is my presentation. The show was well done. It was almost like a mini-IMTS. Here’s a picture of […]

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Embracing the scientific method

01.03.2013

This post originally appeared on the blog at Lean Learning Center.  I read plenty of disturbing statements about lean, but I read one recently that really caught my attention because it seemed to rip the core of lean out of lean, and then almost claim credit for putting it back in. I was reading a […]

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Decisions about Making Decisions [Lessons from the Road]

08.20.2012

My latest column for Industry Week, Lessons from the Road, titled Decisions about Making Decisions has been posted. Here is the intro:   One of the most important domains within organizations that lean too infrequently injects itself is decision-making. The who, what, when and how of decision-making is ultimately one of the most fundamental elements […]

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Standardization, or high agreement (on The Lean Edge)

06.18.2012

This post originally appeared on The Lean Edge: The question asked is “Are work standards individual or collective?” Standardization is a very difficult topic for most people in lean. The difficulty starts with a past practice and perception that standards are something we give people to force them to do work in a way that […]

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Aesop’s Fables: Hercules and the Waggoner

01.04.2012

Many of you know that I love Aesop’s Fables to present timeless lessons, and write about how they connect to lessons in the lean journey. This fable is titled: Hercules and the Waggoner “A Waggoner was driving his team along a muddy lane with a full load behind them, when the wheels of his waggon sank so […]

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