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  • #40468

    Leung
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    . . . to become the best Master Black Belt in North America? The best Black Belt in the corporation? The best Green Belt in the state? What?
    Thanks.

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    #125676

    Helpful
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    Change your name to Stan.

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    #125677

    CT
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    Here we go again…………….

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    #125679

    AB
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    The highest amount of liability insurance.

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    #125680

    Leung
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    Let’s try another approach.Of all the Black Belts you know and know about, what makes the succesful one different? Attitude? Execution? Vast knoweldge of statistics? What is it about their approach that differes from the ordinary garden-variety of Black Belt?
    Let’s get philosophical here, folks. What does it take to be a successful Black Belt.

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    #125681

    Dayton
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    In my opinion being a professional right thinking data driven unrelenting focused world-beater of a change agent is absolutely the most important criteria.   I’d rather have a BB or MBB that’s unrelenting and unstoppable, a move with me or I’ll pick you up and carry you along kind of a guy (and by “guy” I just mean person) than a world class statistician who can’t organize and lead a team or a person with all of the theory in the world who can’t drive a project to conclusion.
     
    Without a doubt in the world, give me a powerful change agent.    No other answer will be acceptable.
     Vinny

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    #125682

    Leung
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    Thanks, Vinny. Well said.

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    #125683

    Leung
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    Helpful,
    What is it about Stan that makes him a world class BB?
    Thanks.

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    #125685

    CT
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    Very well said Vinny………………………………….And to that point this person would successfull no mater what he/she was doing. 
    A good BB also has to understand the nature of the beast, and by this I mean not all corporate VP’s share the same vision as the guys in trenchs and they (BB’s) must be able to adapt to what Management is asking them to accomplish, which is not always what should be done.
    CT

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    #125698

    Tyger
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    Dedication.  Dedication.  Dedication.  Who really defines who is the best or who is the worst?  Six Sigma is a methodology.  We reach levels defined by our governing authorities, i.e. those who sell courses and inhouse so called experts.  Simply focus on projects, more precisely, successful implementations of DMAIC, and as your experiance increases I promise you that your questions about being the best will diminish.

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    #125699

    Tyger
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    Be a walking talking calculator and statistician.  Forget any useful communication skills because at this point you are far removed from the real world.  Can anyone say Champion?

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    #125705

    Jaybee
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    I would also like to add that the ‘better’ BB’s / MBB’s have excellent presentation & oral skills, are good at captivating their audience & when training people, make sure that the ‘next wave’ had a totally enjoyable experience in their training. It is also fair to say that a really good BB can talk to people & explain rationale, by this i mean speaking to the operators at shopfloor level, all the way upto CEO’s – without baffling with stats.
     
    my 2p
    J

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    #125720

    Leung
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    . . . for taking the time to respond.

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    #125729

    Stevo
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    Vinny, I have a friend -yeah, a friend that doesn’t have any of these skills and traits.  Can I, – I mean my friend, still skate by? 
    What if I – he, darnit! starts to bring donuts and use words like “multicollinearity” and “correlation coefficient”?
    Stevo

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    #125732

    AB
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    There should a poetry competition and the theme should be Six Sigma. The panel of judges should include top CEOs. The author of the best poem should be crowned the best MBB…

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    #125733

    HF Chris
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    I brought the dougnuts.

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    #125734

    Peppe
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    Try to be employed in a successful company, leave it when it’s still successful and after sometime write a book.
     

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    #125737

    Dayton
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    Stevo,
     
    Excellent question.  
     
    It should be evaluated on an individual-by-individual case-by-case basis.  For each of your friends in question please send me a copy of one of their representative final project reports, a current CV, and a box of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts (and we’re talking about the big box) and I’ll be pleased to provide a written proficiency assessment with limitations noted. 
     
    Tell your friend to only use big words and mathematical terms with complete random abandonment.  Please note the zero-sum gaming done by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern and a good applied example of their theory is presented in the derived case study treatment of “The Prisoner’s Dilemma”.    Your friend should spurriously, randomly and with non-anticipated frequency use complex terminology.   As von Neumann and Morgenstern demonstrated to be predictable, anticipated, and expected is to be snared by the tricky.
     Vinny

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    #125739

    Stevo
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    Vinny, thanks, so what I’m hearing is use $50 words randomly and throw in names of German people that might or might not be real.
    Will do, I mean –  I’ll let my friend know.
    Stevo
    ps, thanks for being my virtual buddy.
     

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    #125744

    AB
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    Vinny
    Your posts are very entertaining. Keep them coming… 

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    #125746

    Mike Carnell
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    Ben,
    I agree with Vinny completely. Without execution (read Bossidy’s book) you are just another piece of COPQ.
    Assuming you have been through some type of training use exactly what you were taught Y = f(x) or “A successful BB” = f(x). What are the x’s you are seeing in the successful BB’s around you? They will vary to some degree with the company culture. There are a ton of BB’s that can be successful at GE because they are operating in a company that is aligned, aggressive and empowered. What happens if you drop them into a Silicon Valley type deployment? Aggressive may not play well in that environment – personal experience.
    We are asked to deliver Six Sigma results not Six Sigma statistics. I don’t recall reading in any book by Jack Welch or Larry Bossidy that they got chills when they saw a great presentation on MSA or a well designed ANOVA. They did like the results. If you take that back to the Y = f(x) the great results does start with some form of ststistics and analysis so there does need to be some level of competance. It is what you do with them when you get the results.
    We had an article published on iSixSigma a few weeks ago (Toolbox) that somewhat addressed this issue. When you watch the really good Belts they are bilingual (they speak statistics and their mother tongue). People speaking will say something like Process A runs better than Process B. The Belt is thinking hypothesis test – normality, variance and mean tests or whatever combination is applicable – but typically they doen’t say that. They set the team up mentally to test it and run with the results without hammering people with statistical terminology – particularly phases like “fail to reject.”
    If you check out Bob Wilson’s website (http://www.BobWilsonConsulting.com) you can also find information on personalities that make good Belts and personalities that have never been successful and everything in between. There are people with personality traits that just have a tough time doing this work, in particular the change management part.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #125767

    Leung
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    Mr. Carnell,
    Thanks. As usual I can count on you to come through.
    I have reviewed about 20-25 articles over the past two weeks to try to come up with an answer for a new Green Belt. This young lady asked an honest question and deserved an honest, practical answer that would give her some guidance. The fact that it will force her to look inside herself is an added bonus (for me, too).
    Put together with Vinny’s response, I think I her answer.
    Ben

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    #125791

    Mike Carnell
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    Ben,
    You are welcome. I am glad I could help.
    Regards

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