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What am I?

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    John Q BB
    Participant

    Ok – if you are reading this and you are a SSBB you have probably experienced it. Someone (family member, friend, person on the street) asks you ‘So what do you do?’ and you say proudly ‘I am a Six Sigma Black Belt.’ Then come the laughs, smiles, or just confusion. Usually the next question is about Karate. So I tried Project Manager, Process Engineer. Neither of these feels right. What do you say?

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    #71334

    Jaran S.
    Participant

    “I am a quality specialist”.
    Jaran S.
    Six Sigma Black Belt Coordinator
     

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    #71337

    Anonymous
    Participant

    “I am Tiger Woods”

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    #71340

    Fernie
    Participant

    Have you tried    “Project coordinator in our Corporate Quality Dept.” ??.
    I’ve had the same experience and, this one seems to work pretty well.
    God Luck !!!

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    #71342

    Jim Johnson
    Participant

    I wouldn’t try to change anything about your title.  This is a perfect opportunity to use your elevator speech to tell the person what Six Sigma is and why it is significant and why they (a mere mortal) are not worthy to be talking directly to you without some intervention of some type! (Just kidding). 
    Seriously, use it as an opportunity to explain Six Sigma.  If we all did this, pretty soon when you said, “I am a Six Sigma Black Belt” they would say, “Oh yeah, I know about that……really great job!”.
    I hope that this helps.
     
    Jim

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    #71343

    Scott Liewehr
    Member

    I agree.  I too have found it difficult to explain at times, but I continue to use the term ‘Black Belt’ and then proceed to explain Six Sigma.  I’m getting pretty good at explaining it in 100 words or less!
    Scott Liewehr

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    #71348

    anon
    Participant

    I am Michael Jordan

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    #71361

    P
    Participant

    I go with Jim and Scott….dont ever change your title…let them know what you are and what you do

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    #71365

    vs
    Member

    I completely agree with the view of keeping the Black Belt title intact and explaining it in common simple words to all.
    Six Sigma is a movement and we all have a common responsibility to promote its awareness and interest amongst everyone we can!
    For some of us who are engaged in initiating Six Sigma for a company , explaining it to your own colleagues is no different!

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    #71368

    Anand
    Member

    I agree with Jim…Netra…
    We are the ones who should be spreading the Six Sigma culture. No point in hiding behing regular/worn out designations when our Job & designation itself entails us to be different & unique.
    We are “SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT” & NOTHING ELSE.
    Uday
     

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    #71370

    Anonymous
    Participant

    I yam what I yam and dat’s all dat I yam….I’m Popey da sailor man
    Toot, toot

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    #71371

    Golden
    Participant

    I too agree that we need to stick with our original titles. In the two years that I’ve traveled the U.S. as a Black Belt I’ve too have learned to explain the position in 100 words or less.It’s a wonderful feeling when someone’s eyes light up because they actually understand your position.Keep your chin up the word is getting out.

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    #71372

    Problem Solver
    Participant

    I tell them that I ‘Solve Problems’.
    Wherever there is a gap in performance where costs exceed $100,000 – that is a potential problem for a 6 Sigma Black Belt at our company to tackle.
    Its short and simple, and its all my mother really needs to know!

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    #71373

    O’Connell
    Participant

    Why not try responding “I’m an internal consultant for my company. I’m helping to guide my company through dramatic business trasnsformation using Six Sigma concepts. My specific role is called a Black Belt because of the structured disciplined approach we use.”

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    #71381

    Al
    Participant

    Deanna, would you care to share those 100 words with the rest of us?

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    #71385

    mn mbb
    Participant

    I don’t like to use terms like “I solve problems”.  I pride myself in the fact that I don’t “solve problems” but lead others to solving their own problems.  This is much more descriptive of what I do…. Remember, it takes a team.  

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    #71386

    T
    Member

    I usually tell people that Six Sigma is the latest in quality improvement tools and that my role as a black belt is that of a business process improvement specialist.  Most people are able to understand this concept.
    Yes, I get lots of smart remarks/ comments about being a black belt.  Doesn’t help because I also take Tae kwondo lessons…
    T

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    #71388

    Smithsigma
    Member

    I’m Jean Valjean!!!!!

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    #71394

    MN
    Participant

    It depend where you are?BB is not an international concept,if you are in USA you talk mainly about  BB,In Canda you talk about  “Lean Manufacturing”,In Japan you talk about Kaizen ,Gemba-Kaizen,JIT,TPM,TQC,TQM…etc,In Europe:it is change management,Integration,Re-engineering,ISO….etc,In middle east  you talk mainly about quality management system,ISO….some time it is mix of all that ,so why you worry?you are what you are?Universally speaking :you are a quality expert.This is my opinion,regards   MN

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    #71396

    Smithsigma
    Member

    BB: A person who methodically finds variation in processes and uses statistical (as well as subjective) tools to stamp it out.  I agree with the other post that discusses the similiarities with karate, except for the fact that it takes a lot more to be a true blackbelt in Martial Arts than to be a Six Sigma blackbelt.
     

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    #71405

    Sesh
    Member

    hi ,
    I agree with Jim/netra/uday,
    We have to take this opportunity to spread Six sigma and there can be no better platform to do this. During the training itself, we were instructed by the deployment champion to change the visiting cards to displaying SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT
    Sesh
     
     
     

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    #71408

    Shealy
    Member

    Surprisingly more and more people have heard about Black Belts.   To those that have not, we are process improvement managers that follow a systematic approach to solving problems through statistical analysis.
    That usually draws an ………OK, and a bewildered look.    Beyond this, they usually do not ask any more questions.

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    #71514

    GL
    Participant

    I disagree with Smithsigma, being a Six Sigma Black Belt is much more difficult then being a martial arts Black Belt. The martial arts type has to devote time, and self discipine to achieve results. It is an individual effort. On the other hand being a Six Sigma Black Belt is a team process. Sometimes your team mates are for you and sometimes they are against you. That alone makes this more difficult then being a martial arts Black Belt. The Six Sigma Black Belt must apply skill in leading specific teams and management in cultural change. Not every project nor environment is difficult, but very often we go against the grain to make changes happen. Our Six Sigma Champion has called us “Change Agents”. That is one descriptor that applies. Change is not easy, so we are also encouraged to “Embrace Conflict”. Change will not come without at least some conflict, therefore don’t shun conflict, be ready for it. “So what do you do?”

    I am a change agent within my company, improving the organization by leading various short term projects. That is what I do in 17 words.
    GL

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    #71551

    Patrick Waddick
    Participant

    I agree with Jim. Keep the title and give your elevator speech. Don’t short-change it with another title or combination of titles that amounts to something more mediocre. Chances are you’ll command much more attention by explaining what a Black belt does rather than a project manager/quality engineer/specialist and the like.

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    #71811

    Smithsigma
    Member

    Point taken…by the way, are you a blackbelt in some form of Martial Arts?
     

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    #71812

    GL
    Participant

    My college roomate was a martial arts black belt and my kids have had some martial art training.
    GL

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