Getting to Aha! with Darshan Mehta
Critical Thinking with Jamie Flinchbaugh, Author of “People Solve Problems"
April 1, 2022
In this episode of Getting to Aha!, Darshan Mehta is joined by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Author of “People Solve Problems." They talk about Jamie’s aha! moments and pivotal moments that led him to become an author. They discuss critical thinking, the problem-solving process, lean learning, learning to challenge one’s thought process and decisions, honing one’s critical thinking skills, keeping one’s drive alive, and improving one’s intuition.
Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean thought-leader, an entrepreneur, a senior executive, and a consultant. He assists teams with accelerating their journey by creating solutions to their problems and providing the tools and education needed to make lean leaders successful. Jamie is a board member,  co-founder, advisor, or angel investor to multiple companies and has 30 years of learning-oriented experience in various industries. He is also the author of “People Solve Problems: The Power of Every Person, Every Day, Every Problem,” and the founder of JFlinch.


👉 Strategic thinkers are good problem solvers
👉 “…Tools sometimes get in the way of the thinking”
👉 Cultivate the right mindset to engage with a problem with a sense of curiosity, exploration, and humility
👉 Develop a thirst for knowledge  
👉 It is impossible to teach a person to be a critical thinker if they are satisfied with who they are and unwilling to open up their minds
👉 “...You learn through discovery…”
👉 Get comfortable with challenging your thought processes and decisions
👉 You need to create an inflection point for yourself or have it created for you. This inflection/feedback provides you with a new perspective to try again in a different way 
👉 If you can develop and maintain your sense of purpose and the drive to grow, your critical thinking and problems solving skills will only continue to improve exponentially  
👉 Practice deep reflection through deep structured thinking 
👉 Integrate both analytical thinking and intuition into your problem-solving process
👉 “...Get it out of your head and make it real.” Write your thoughts and conclusions down, as this simple act solidifies the idea you have conceived 
👉 The problem-solving process starts with asking yourself first what you don't know, what you need to learn, and how to learn it 
👉 Think beyond the template. “The template is just a job aid. It's just a starting point. It's not the goal itself.”
👉 We constantly look for formulas to get things done, but the ultimate formula is thinking, exploring, and continuous learning 
👉 “There's a lot of things you can't control. Roll with it, always be curious, and move forward.”

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