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Leadership & Teamwork

What's your best advice to gain the trust, comittment and participation of all associates in the shortest time possible?

In my opinion, between 25 and 50 percent of variable pay must be directly linked to “hard” Six Sigma goals – throughout the organizational hierarchy.  This tactic usually gets everybody’s attention and quickly sounds the alarm to “align goals and objectives.”  It also sets the mood for “win-win” and generates a lot of leadership energy. …

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How do you handle Six Sigma skeptics?

As humans, we often seek insight by way of reasoning.  In this case, we are concerned with the reasoning of a “skeptic.”  Referencing the standard dictionary (Excel version), we define a skeptic as “somebody who questions the validity or truth of things that most people accept.”  Of little surprise, it would be generally accepted that…

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How can employees be motivated to do projects?

From my perspective, this is not a Six Sigma problem.  However, it does seem to be a management problem.  The motivational issue will likely disappear with some proactive leadership.  The difficulty you are have in relating your issues to the bottom line is likely due to the nature of your accounting system (i.e., a mismatch…

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How can I drive successful Six Sigma projects in sales and marketing?

There is a wide array of stereotypical reasons that potentially explain why people are not willing to “do” six sigma projects.  For example, in some situations, there are no incentives to offset the added risk and responsibility.  As yet another example, it is well known that a lack of dedicated resources can deter seasoned veterans…

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How can I determine if Six Sigma will work in my organization?

Determining if some initiative can “fit” an organization is much like buying a pair of shoes – you can know the exact size of each foot, but sooner or later, you must put the shoes on and walk around a little.  There is no substitute for experience. Six Sigma is an idea-centric, tool-based, fact-driven, top-down,…