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    nancy
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    Can somebody share with me how your life has changed being Black Belt, I need some positive experiences!!!!!

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    #75727

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Nancy,
    I get to work with a lot more people who really care about what they are doing. Delivering projects is very satisfying.
    The discussion group is lot of fun also.
    The down side is I am a lot less tolerant of bad products (service in particular) so I bitch a lot more than I used to (some will actually tell you that wasn’t possible).
    Still a rewarding trade off.

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    #75730

    Gabriel
    Participant

    Great, Mike!
    “I am a lot less tolerant of bad products (service in particular)”
    You used “service” as a particular case of “product”. That’s a good start for a corrective action in the usage of the word “product”.

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    #75735

    JMcT
    Participant

    I agree with Mike’s comments, plus having not come from a Statistical background my whole way of thinking has changed. Decisions, both personal and business, are now based on data and I tend to drive my family and friends crazy by asking them to support their arguements with something more than just gut feel or anecdotal evidence. They tell me I’ve turned into a “Stats nerd”!

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    #75741

    James A
    Participant

    Nancy,
    To follow on from Mike, yes, it’s a good life on the whole – you get some real challenges that no-one else has been able to fix, and if you’re lucky the resources with which to fix them!
    But, apart from the groups of people who really care about what they do, there are also the ones who don’t, won’t, shan’t or can’t care.  This can be unbelievably frustrating and about as much fun as wrestling with a pig in the scrap bin of a nail factory.
    The stats and the analysis show you where to go – and sometimes its very tempting to tell certain employees where to go, too!  Change management, or change empowerment is also a big part of 6S – so be prepared for some pathetic but loud arguments from those who just don’t give a fig.  The attitude of “I just turn up, do a day’s work and go home” is still alive and well – who said Neaderthals died out thousands of years ago?
    BUT – if you succeed in getting these types on your side it is a huge rush – nearly as good as adrenalin, but not quite.

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    #75743

    Tim
    Member

    No one ever said it would be easy. At least not to me. They left that part out. After two years, being certified and saving my share of money I can tell you that it gets easier. At first, I thought everyone would be as excited as I was about the program. NOT!!! The attitude was ‘Show us what you can do”. I did. Slowly at first, certainly not as fast I would have liked. I began to be ‘the agent of change’ as much as I was a Blackbelt. Winning people over to the methods of Six Sigma is a large part of being a Blackbelt, especially if the concept is new to an orginization.
    Today I find my job very exciting and at the same time frustrating. But what job isn’t! By sticking to the methods and ‘winning people over’ I can trulky say I have been a positive change agent in my orginization.

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    #75749

    billy T
    Participant

    I was drafted into the program, the CEO demanded Six Sigma implementation. Not philosophy just implementation. A Jack Welch wannabe but without the knowledge. His underlings have used the program to shower themselves with accolades and promotions. The champions do nothing and get rewards, and there have been two levels of management inserted between the Black Belt and the champion. Certificaton got me a 15 a week raise, while the folks that have aquired my old position are fat and sassy. I wish I’d never heard of this BS…..

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    #75938

    Georgette
    Participant

    I think we’ll still see messages like this from employees who do not have strong support all the way up and down the organization.
    If management believes in it,  they demand data-driven answers and root-cause fixes.  They also believe in the power of shop-floor involvement.  I have seen people on the shop floor who think it is BS,  and that negativity can be contagious.
    Billy,  I hope you find a place that appreciates the power of your knowledge.  I have been fortunate to have people EXPECT success from me as a BB,  and it made me a believer.  The measurable success of each project boosted my confidence,  and their confidence in me. Now as an MBB I expect success from Black Belts and Green Belts I mentor.  And I look to managers to support/champion each project with the same rigor.
    I wish everyone in this forum could have such positive experience, but if we can provide encouragement for those who don’t,  this forum has met my expectations!

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