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    Sinnicks
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    Like many embarking in Six Sigma, my company is recruiting strong leaders to be pulled from their current position, become trained Black Belts, and lead the culture change to Six Sigma.  On one hand, I view this as a great opportunity to improve my skill set, and make major contributions to the company.  On the other hand, I’m concerned about walking away from a manager role I’ve worked very hard to achieve over the past 20 years.  It appears I’m being asked to move back into the engineering role for which I was hired “way back when.”  Further, given the rapid pace of leadership and ownership changes, I fear being a “special projects” guy leaves me out on a limb relative to job security.  Has anyone else ever found themselves in this dilemma, and if so, how did you reach a decision you were comfortable with?
    Thanks,
    Mark  

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    #148939

    jtomac01
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    Change & time are always the chance…the rewards are sometime not very appreciative.  If you truly want to make a change at your company for the better, take the BB position, get certified.  If they let you go, trust me your street value will have gone way up, not to mention your opportunities for higher roles will have increased.

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    #148940

    BTDT
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    Mark:Make sure you talk with HR and find out what the process is for moving BBs back into the business. This will depend a lot on the health and strategic status of Six Sigma within the company.It sounds like you have an opportunity to ride the wave of transformation.Best of luck,Cheers, BTDT

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    #148943

    OLD
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    Mark:
     
    Some good advice received. In addition, it might be of value to you to do a pro/con comparison of each position. There truly are pro’s and con’s and short-term and long-term implications. Also, add an item on your comparison parameters: “what happens if I say no?”
     
    It really boils down to WHAT you want/like to do and WHAT skill set combination keeps you employable for the long-term. One thing for certain, change will happen in either position.
     Good Luck!  OLD

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    #148949

    old dog
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    Six sigma has been the fad for the past few years.  It has had its day and will fade into obscurity to leave the more solid foundations of quality set by Shewhart, Juran, Deming.
    The time will come when your company hires a new CEO. He will want to make a mark for himself and programs such as six sigma will be quickly dropped, and perhaps you along with them.

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