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    GB
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    Once upon a time, There was a kingdom. This kingdom was ruled by an oft-abesnt Lord. Serving this Lord was a black belt who wanted to rise through the ranks at the expense of others. Her ladder-climb involved the maiming of many and eventually, she rose to the level of section lead. Since her method of rising through the ranks worked for her, she continued to do the same things and hurt people in the same way. This time however, she added another arrow in her quiver. This time, she began to steal credit for projects worked from her charges, the whole time, never acknowledging their hard work and sacrifice.Eventually, she rose to the level of “master”, though she executed zero projects during her tenure as lead. and was discovered to have only really done an initial BB project. Her monthly metrics told a different story though, once, even including a project docket, in which the name of the BB had been removed and her name put in their stead. This went on and yet fell on deaf ears, as her direct Leader was the same way…A box-checking credit thief and consumate user. A con-man of epic proportions.Finally, one day, the “master” decide that she wa so good, she would hang out her own shingle and dazzle the masses. Now gone, there was a period of peace in the land. New faces and new hopes sprang forth and the world-view seemed to have shifted towards true north.But then one misty morning, the errant BB had returned, this time as a highly-paid Consultant and was discovered to be wandering the halls with a sly grin and a knapsack full of hurt, ready to rehash old battles and new conquests, albeit at almost 3x her previous rate. She even went so far as to approach one of the Grand masters and ask for work. Luckily, the Grand Master was acquainted with a servant who knew of this BB’s treacherous past and thusly a tragedy was narrowly averted.

    How could this happen? Where was the Lord of the Fiefdom, to ensure justice and ethical conduct?
    Absent.-The Moral of the story?
    1) Leaders…WAKE UP! and know what is happening in your ranks. Sniff out the charlatains that breed contempt and ultimately, reflect poorly on you, your Company and Six Sigma as a whole. Roll up your dang sleeves and engage!2) our world is a small one and people know people. So if you are like the BB and are making your way at the suffering of others, be ye warned that your rep will precede you and you will be found out and appropriately ostracized.

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    #186109

    Darth
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    A strange tale you tell oh mighty HeeBee. Unfortunately, I heard a similar tale of woe yesterday. Seems Mr. X was let go from Giganto Consulting recently and ended up as the prime consultant at another of Giganto’s clients. Now is payback time for the hurt inflicted on Mr. X. He has stolen the majority of the work since he can now bid at about 1/3 the rate of Giganto, is fully familiar with the approach and content as a former peon and is starting to bust bxxls of the Giganto folks currently on the account. So, I second your warning about Hacks (as Deming called them), incompetents, charlatans and others interested in the bucks and not the results. The community of practice is small and there is no excuse an astute leader can’t find out about who they are hiring.

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    #186110

    GB
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    Wow Darth, that is appalling.Unfortunately, the tale I wove, replete with grammar and spelling gaffes, really is happening in real time here. Oh bother…

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    #186122

    Mikel
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    The good news is the community is getting smaller everyday.

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    #186124

    Severino
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    Is there a history of slander and libel suits from this site that prevents you from using real names? 

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    #186133

    Darth
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    That is his real name. Not sure I agree with Stan that the community is getting smaller. With all the recent layoffs in the SS community, more and more are turning to consulting as a fallback. This creates pricing pressure and actually increases the number of hacks in the business. And as history has shown, the buyer doesn’t know/care. Recently, one of the best consulting practices in the industry lost a major bid to a consulting practice that has announced its assets are for sale on the courthouse steps. Yet, the company went for the lowest bidder. Go figure.

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    #186138

    Rucker
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    I would take the lowest bidder, heck, I’d take any bidder. I’m supposedly going to be the expert at my place, as an ASQ Green Belt no less. Guess how many projects I’ve run…zero…guess how many projects I’ll get to run…zero. Guess what I really know about Six Sigma…now quite zero but pretty close.It’s sad that some leaders want only a show of quality improvement; I’ll have a certificate so we’ll be able to say we are a Six Sigma company and doubtful anyone will probe further.Where’s that bad consultant when I need her?Douglas

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    #186139

    GB
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    One can never be too careful…

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    #186141

    GB
    Participant

    Stan, That is true…
    Thanks for the silver lining.

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    #186142

    Mikel
    Member

    I’ve never had more good resumes to choose from. Most are without
    work and will get a real job when the house is getting foreclosed.Pricing pressure? – people who buy consultants for price deserve
    what they get. I’ll go clean up their mess.

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    #186143

    Mikel
    Member

    Darth has a list.

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    #186144

    Mikel
    Member

    Whose name do you want me to use?

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    #186145

    Darth
    Participant

    Stan is a much better name than your real one….all those consonants one after another is unpronounceable. I did like when you pretended to be Reigle and DogSxxt. Those were classics.

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    #186147

    Mikel
    Member

    You didn’t like when I was Joe BB, Brandon, Les, or Don R.?It hard to keep coming up with this dullard personas. B. Johnson is my
    latest.

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    #186148

    Darth
    Participant

    I suspected as much. Who is this StuW guy? His responses are pretty good. I know it can’t be you.

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    #186150

    Taylor
    Participant

    I since a disturbance in the force

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    #186151

    Mikel
    Member

    Can’t be me if the responses are good.

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    #186153

    luke skywalker
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    Sweet. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve paid attention here, including the whole crash and recovery. What do I see? The same guys, cracking the same lines.
     
    Nice to know that not everything changes. Rock on, crusty old dudes.
     

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    #186154

    Crusty
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    Crash? Ludes will help with that.

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    #186156

    Darth
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    Hey Luke, hope all is well in the new job and new life. Spoke with Red Leader at the beginning of the week and couldn’t keep from chuckling the whole conversation. Regards to Obiwan.

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    #186949

    GB
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    If you see Wedge, tell him to pay up! Those darn Antilles…always welching on bets!

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