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Diagnostics and Lean Practices with Jamie Flinchbaugh

The Leaning Edge
February 16, 2018 2:00 PM

jamie-flinchbaugh-headshot.jpgIn this segment of The Leaning Edge Debra Levantrosser talks with Jamie Flinchbaugh, owner of JFlinch about Diagnostics and Lean Practices.

You'll find the interview below, but first, let's get to know Jamie Flinchbaugh some more! He is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, and Board Member with more than 20 years of success spanning finance, manufacturing, automotive, and management consulting. Leveraging extensive operational experience, Jamie is an invaluable asset for a company seeking expert guidance with process improvements, lean strategies, and leadership coaching in order to transform operations, reduce costs, and drive profitability. His areas of expertise include continuous improvement, entrepreneurship, coaching and training, process transformation, business strategy, and organizational design.

Throughout his executive career, Jamie has held leadership positions with JFlinch (Founder), Qorvo, Inc., Old Dutch Group LLC (Founder), Lean Learning Center (Co-Founder), Rev! Motorcycles (Co-Founder), DTE Energy, and Chrysler. As the Founder of JFlinch, Jamie helps teams accelerate their journey by solving their challenging problems and providing the resources, education, and tools needed to make lean leaders successful. Through Old Dutch Group, Jamie invests in organizations ranging from traditional manufacturing to startups and real estate organizations. He is also concurrently tenured as the Corporate Vice President (part-time) of Qorvo’s Lean Journey.

During his time as Co-Founder of the Lean Learning Center, Jamie built the organization to become one of the premium providers of lean transformation and advisory services, with their educational programs earning the highest marks. In 2006, Jamie co-authored the lean bestseller, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road. he has worked with clients spanning manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, the government, and professional services, including Harley-Davidson, Intel, Mars, Amazon.com, Crayola, and Whirlpool, among others.

Over the last 20+ years, Jamie has helped build nearly 20 companies as a co-founder, board member, advisor, and, or angel investor, and he has advised more than 300 companies around the globe in lean transformations. In addition to his executive career, Jamie is a board member of Robinson Fans, and he is a former board member of York Container Company, S&S Cycle, Orion Fleet Intelligence, and the board of advisors for the Pawley Lean Institute at Oakland University. Jamie holds the Leadership Fellow designation from the National Association of Corporate Directors. Proving his thought leadership, Jamie is a Contributing Editor for IndustryWeek and as a blogger at JFlinch.com. Jamie obtained two Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan, respectively, and he attained his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

To hear the interview click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared below. 

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The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser, she speaks with leaders, implementers and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their lean journey.

The show focuses on the fact that lean is a mindset and a culture, not a set of process improvement tools, and shows how this approach can make your city, state and country an even stronger and more successful, stable place one organization at a time and one person at a time.

The “Lean” philosophy refers to engaging and involving all levels of employees in development of ideas to provide value to customers by aiming for high quality, low cost and short lead time. A specific kind of leadership style is seen in successful lean organizations which includes rewarding experimentation and developing people into problem solvers.

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