Author Archives: Jamie Flinchbaugh

There's Always Another New Approach

Last year I saw a comment from a respected entrepreneur who was claiming “all the big ideas have already been created.” I was highly disappointed, because it’s reeks of pre-1492 attitudes about the Earth. You can’t argue what the next big idea will be until it’s created. All I can argue is that every time people have claimed such a ...

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3 Key Skills that Enable Innovation

Innovation is obviously a major attribute in the competitiveness of a company (or a government, or a school, or an individual). There are many ways to achieve innovation, and no one aspect will be enough. There is no question that sometimes one very smart person can generate incredible innovations. However, this isn’t very replicable or sustainable. Being innovative is not ...

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Leveraging Constraints for Creativity

Creativity remains one of the most nebulous and elusive capabilities for organizational performance. Yet there is more knowledge and science available today than ever to help us through the challenge. Creativity comes from more than just issuing a challenge. One of the most counterintuitive aspects of the creativity process is the adaptation and leveraging of constraints. Most of us don’t ...

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If you're not frustrated, then you're not working on the right problem

In my coaching, many of my conversations begin with a source of frustration by the individual. The source of frustration could be rooted in another person, or a team problem, or in their own abilities. But nonetheless, the frustration is there. This is a good thing. The philosophy that I’ve embraced is… If you’re not frustrated, then you’re not working ...

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