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    Dave P
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    Hello!Most sigma people I see in my company are “bucketed” ie., they are seen only as project people and not line managers. this seems true especially if they have put in over 4 years in this field.they seem to grow into senior positions and find out lateral move to a line role becomes impossible. Soon they are burnt out and leave.I want to get into six sigma myself, but am concerned about career choices in a few years.
    I have a choice of getting into six sigma BB role in my company or join a leading consulting company in operations management. (my company is not a big fan of sigma but there are many BB roles available)Which is better in the long haul? any thoughts?
    I am in the electronics manufacturing industrythanks for any advice
    P

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    #141479

    Ang
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    dear dave
    do you like to work with people or with processes?
    if you like to work with people, do operations management
    if you like to work with processes, do 6 sigma.
    Regards Peter, BB

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    #141480

    Hans
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    Dave,
    Take the advise and run with the consulting firm. One thing that has never worked out in the many, many years I have been with six sigma is the idea that somehow black belts become leaders in an organization. You’ll be stuck as a project lead or become a disgruntled MBB like so many on this site. Up and on!

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    #141505

    Mike Carnell
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    Peter,
    I have never seen a successful Black belt that didn’t have to work with people. If you are doing this thing without some type of people involvement you must have some seriously long implementation cycles.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #141510

    Mike Carnell
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    Dave P,
    I seem to be walking right into Hans everytime I post something.
    If you are young and do not have a family I would go for the consulting option. You get to see a lot of industries and countries (maybe) and it can be a huge growth opportunity. The down side is jet lag will kick your butt on a regular basis. If you hit it hard (200+ days on the road) this will burn you out as well.
    If you have a family particularly a young family you need to seriously consider the impact on your home life. This not a life style that is conducive to long relationships and you will miss a huge part of your childrens lives.
    Without the consulting and just working the job? Get the training and if your company doesn’t think enough of its employees to create career paths after they have invested in you – go somewhere else. On our current deployment the BB careers are managed at the CEF level (Chief Executives Forum). He places value on the Black Belts.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck
     

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    #141521

    Dave P
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    thanks all! appreciate the helpbtw, what happens after one has been an MBB for 3 years or so? are you all experienced folks, finding opportunities to move to line roles?I assume one doesn’t want an MBB job forever.thanks again

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    #141524

    Hans
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    Become a deployment leader, consultant, operations manager or retire gracefully into academia and annoy the hell out of everybody who does or doesn’t want to listen to what you have to say about six sigma … unless of course you have a dog, who will listen to anything you have to say for some extra food …  

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