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Making Problem Solving Personal, with Jamie Flinchbaugh

Making Problem Solving Personal, with Jamie Flinchbaugh

October 1, 2021

It's Episode 72, and today’s highlight is our interview with Jamie Flinchbaugh, author of the new book, People Solve Problems. He’s got a different take on the crux of problem solving, it’s not PDCA, it’s not tools, and it's not methods. Jamie’s an engaging raconteur so Tracy and Elisabeth enjoyed a spirited discussion about his book, Lean Whisky, and the nature of success. Next up it’s an app that can turn the average presenter into a super trainer with the ability to detect what's of value to participants. And for Q&A, we reached out to our community for advice on dealing with tough issues—how to address problems without stepping on people.

 

There is a colorful fall turning all things orange at the Cafe!

 

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Solving the Supervisor Leadership Puzzle, with Hugh Alley

Solving the Supervisor Leadership Puzzle, with Hugh Alley

September 1, 2021
It's Episode 71 and Tracy & Elisabeth get some time with Hugh Alley, author of “Becoming the Supervisor: Achieving Your Company’s Mission and Building Your Team.” They get insights on how organizations can better tap people's innate love of doing worthwhile work. For "Hot Apps" it’s an app that turns even hopeless scribblers into artists. And for Q&A, we asked our community how they avoid crushing the spirits of others when what they want to say is, "are you kidding me?!"
 
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Cutting Diamonds to Create Great Leaders, with Debbie Barnard

Cutting Diamonds to Create Great Leaders, with Debbie Barnard

August 2, 2021
It's Episode 70 and today’s highlight is Tracy and Elisabeth's interview with Debbie Barnard, a 20-year process improvement veteran in the healthcare industry on assignment in Dubai—she’s got a surprise project you'll find out about. We’ll let you in on an App that turns you into a presentation superstar. And for Q&A, we asked our community how they got their best ideas. We found new techniques and some wild answers. It's another great day at the cafe!
 
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Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn, featuring Katie Anderson

Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn, featuring Katie Anderson

July 7, 2021

It's episode 69 and the highlight is Tracy and Elisabeth's interview with Katie Anderson, author of Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn chronicling her conversations with former Toyota leader, Isao Yoshino. We're celebrating the book’s one-year anniversary and a lot has happened since then. We’ll let you in on a fun App that united a remote work team better than when they worked in person. And for Q&A, we asked our community how they retained what they wanted to know. Journals, phones, drama, and digital pens are just a few of the techniques we heard about. It’s a great day at the cafe!

 

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Winning Customers by Keeping Promises, featuring Jeff Toister

Winning Customers by Keeping Promises, featuring Jeff Toister

July 7, 2021

It's episode 69 and the highlight is Tracy and Elisabeth's interview with Katie Anderson, author of Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn chronicling her conversations with former Toyota leader, Isao Yoshino. We're celebrating the book’s one-year anniversary and a lot has happened since then. We’ll let you in on a fun App that united a remote work team better than when they worked in person. And for Q&A, we asked our community how they retained what they wanted to know. Journals, phones, drama, and digital pens are just a few of the techniques we heard about. It’s a great day at the cafe!

 

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Inventing a Lean Vaccine Super Station, Featuring Lilly Angelocci and Brian Hand

Inventing a Lean Vaccine Super Station, Featuring Lilly Angelocci and Brian Hand

May 6, 2021

It's Episode 67 and Tracy and Elisabeth get the scoop from Brian Hand and Lilly Angelocci of UC San Diego Health. We'll get details of what drove the success of the vaccine super stations and how they've been improving healthcare with Lean. We'll let you in on an App that allows you to do real-time polling and cutting edge audience engagement techniques, and for Q&A, We'll address the fact that reading a book doesn’t guarantee you’ll remember anything from it...and what you can do about that! We're double-vaxed and ready for anything at the cafe!

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 • 2:18 Hot Apps: "Mentimeter" uses word clouds and innovative interactions to drive engagement
 • 6:17 Q&A: What's the best way to remember the books we read?
 • 12:36 Featured Guests: Interview with Lilly Angelocci and Brian Hand of UC San Diego Health
 • 49:42 Upcoming Events:
 ◦ Webinar: How To Solve Complex Problems in a Virtual Lean Environment
 ◦ Next Podcast Episode: Debbie Barnard of the Joint Commission International
 ◦ UC San Diego Course: Lean Six Sigma Leadership
◦  Workshop: In the Moment: Using Improv as a People Skill

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Care for People & Animals Drives Award-Winning Improvement, featuring Audrey Lang and Tina Nguyen

Care for People & Animals Drives Award-Winning Improvement, featuring Audrey Lang and Tina Nguyen

April 8, 2021

It's Episode 66 and Tracy & Elisabeth find out how the San Diego Humane Society won the "Top Workplace" Award. Organizational leaders Audrey Lang and Tina Nguyen describe how their care-centered culture improves their ability to rehabilitate animals while simultaneously driving improvement efforts with employee "bliss." We’ll let you in on an app we’re using to jazz up learner engagement and for Q&A we’ll dig into a paradox: The opposite of talking isn’t listening, it’s waiting to talk. Come enjoy spring at the cafe!

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 • 2:00 Hot Apps: "Kahoot!" amps learner engagement with competition
 • 6:45 Q&A: “Is the opposite of listening waiting to talk?”
 • 16:57 Featured Guest Interview: Audrey Lang & Tina Nguyen of The San Diego Humane Society
 • 49:42 Upcoming Events:
 ◦ Webinar: How the Shingo Model Can Revolutionize Your Culture
 ◦ UC San Diego Course: Lean Six Sigma Leadership
◦ Next Podcast Episode: Brian Hand and Lilly Angelocci of UC San Diego Health

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The Toyota Way Brings Kata Into the Mix, Featuring Jeff Liker

The Toyota Way Brings Kata Into the Mix, Featuring Jeff Liker

March 9, 2021

It's Episode 65 and 16 years later, The Iconic Toyota Way gets a remodel. In this month’s interview, author Jeff Liker discusses his coffee talks with former student Mike Rother that led to a second edition. Tune in for Jeff’s take on artificial intelligence, Toyota Kata and grit. For our In The News segment, we’ll highlight how Lean Six Sigma supported UC San Diego Health’s collaboration with the San Diego Padres to hit the goal of getting the entire city vaccinated. For Q&A we’ll answer a question about the impact of COVID-19 on productivity: Has it gone up or down? And then we’ll tell you all about upcoming webinars and courses. It’s warm at the cafe—so stick around!

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 • 2:20 In The News: UC San Diego Health and the San Diego Padres create a vaccine superstation
 • 4:40 Q&A
 ◦ “Has productivity decreased during the pandemic?”
 • 10:40 Featured Guest
 ◦ Interview with Jeff Liker, Author of The Toyota Way, second edition
 • 49:42 Upcoming Events
 ◦ Webinar: How Lean Six Sigma Problem Solvers can Hone their People Skills
 ◦ UC San Diego Course: Lean Six Sigma Leadership

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Turning Problem Solvers into Innovators, Featuring Bella  Englebach

Turning Problem Solvers into Innovators, Featuring Bella Englebach

February 18, 2021

It's Episode 64 of the Just-in-Time Cafe Podcast! Is creativity seen as "fluffy?" Is Six Sigma seen as "old hat?" Are you struggling to reconcile creativity with Lean problem solving? Check out this month's interview with Bella Englebach, who’s new book, Creatively Lean, guides problem solvers to be better innovators. For our “Hot Apps” segment we’ll cover one of the virtual white boards that people are buzzing about since they can’t gather around a flip chart. And for Q&A, we’ll answer a question about alternatives to a controversial word, “countermeasure.” Okay, we started that controversy, but it's true--people want alternatives! There's a line out the door, but if you put something in a mug you can join us from your couch!

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 • 1:55 Hot Apps: Virtual White Board—MURAL
 • 5:58 Q&A
 ◦ “How do you feel about the word, 'countermeasure'?”
 • 10:40 Featured Guest
 ◦ Interview with Bella Englebach, Author of Creatively Lean
 • 41:41 Upcoming Events
 ◦ Webinar: How to Apply Visionary Planning to Personal Goal Setting
 ◦ Webinar: How Lean Six Sigma Problem Solvers Can Hone their People Skills
 ◦ Next Podcast Episode: Interview with Jeff Liker, Author of the new second edition of The Toyota Way
 
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Solving the People Problem

Solving the People Problem

February 11, 2021

It's Episode 63 of the Just-in-Time Cafe Podcast! Come join Tracy O'Rourke and Elisabeth Swan for a relaunch of their beloved Continuous Improvement gabfest. The highlight is their interview with Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan, Co-Founders of Integris Performance Advisors where they discuss their new book, “The People Problem”. They've come up with some tactical steps we can take to improve our EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and solve one of the biggest problems in organizations today.

 

For the "In The News" segment, Tracy describes what’s happening at Kitchens for Good. A San Diego nonprofit that is both feeding and employing those in need. They are attracting a lot of local Lean talent who are applying process improvement so this nonprofit can make the most of its resources. And for Q&A, they'll answer a question about the success of the recent trend toward remote Lean events. Come join them for a jolt of Lean caffeine. It's a great day back at the cafe!

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