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    Black Belt Boy
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    It is just me?
    I’ve worked two places as a black belt and both have been/are not too satisfying. The office jokes about “black belt work” as being sitting in your office doing nothing. That black belt is black accounting magic. Plus, it seems to be a necessary (mandated) evil that isn’t taken seriously as Lean or VA/VE.

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    #131229

    Anirvan Sen
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    Try reading Catch! A fishmonger’s guide to greatness!!
    Hope it gets some fun in otherwise, a dull BB life.
    Cheers,
    A.

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    #131231

    Jered Horn
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    I’ve been there and done that…
    I suppose there are a couple approaches to that situation you can take.  1) Sit around, take the criticism, be unhappy, and eventually be out of a job; or 2) Stand up, use the tools, show data, and be the change agent you were trained to be.
    Now, I know it’s not always quite that simple.  The role of the Six Sigma Champion is one of the critical elements in the success of a Six Sigma program.  If that’s missing, you ARE going to struggle.  Perhaps YOUR focus should be on creating that necessary support structure.  If that’s not your cup of tea…you can always call a recruiter.  I hate giving that advice – changing jobs is not fun.  But I can also feel your pain, and that’s not fun either.  Develope interviewing techniques that will give you insight into how strong and well-established a company’s Six Sigma support structure is.
    Good luck!

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    #131232

    Andejrad Ich
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    One word:
                             “babes”
    Andejrad

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    #131234

    Jered Horn
    Participant

    Ich is thinking he’s a karate Black Belt…

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    #131236

    thevillageidiot
    Member

    Don’t forget the bushels of respect…….and the babes.

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    #131249

    Peppe
    Participant

    Could they be right ?
    Rgs, Peppe

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    #131251

    Active BB
    Participant

    If BB doing nothing, that’s “Management fault “. Try to push management for there involvement or change your job. To push management, might you need to come up with successful story. To come with successful story, try your best to give something critical to company and show the result, that’s the only way dear friend.

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    #132332

    Viti
    Participant

    Can you help me?
    I am fairly new to Six Sigma and I am looking for a few simple things I can do as part of a group of belts that all work on our own individual projects around Mastering New Skills (over and above SS), Maximizing my SS exposure and Exceeding SS Metrics.
    Do you have any suggestions that I can use for my performance review.
    Thanks.
    Jane

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    #132333

    Viti
    Participant

    Why is Black Belt Boy not happy?
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    I am fairly new to Six Sigma and I am looking for a few simple things I can do as part of a group of belts that all work on our own individual projects around Mastering New Skills (over and above SS), Maximizing my SS exposure and Exceeding SS Metrics.
    Do you have any suggestions that I can use for my performance review.
    Thanks.
    Jane

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    #132386

    Black Belt Boy
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    When I interviewed I thought I asked the right questions.
    “How do projects get created, do I do them or are they given to me?” – “We have a list of projects”. Wrong – you come up with your own.
    “What is your stance of six sigma?” – “I think it is necessary.”. Then show it!

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    #132391

    Jered Horn
    Participant

    Black Belt Boy,
    I sure wouldn’t want to admit to being a professional interviewer, but…
    You needed to ask those questions to other Black Belts or at least someone at your peer level.  If they are not included in your interview agenda, carefully make the request.  If you get a negative response, take that as a minus.
    So, tell me/us again.  What challenges/obstacles are you facing right now?

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    #132397

    Black Belt Boy
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    I’m just frustrated with coming up with my own projects based on this scenero. “We are on the hook for $1.8 million in cost savings, we need to come up with projects to make that total.” “What projects are there?”. I ask how that number came from…”Based on a percentage of yearly sales.”.
    Also, telling people they have a problem let’s fix it brings resistance to..you calling my baby ugly.
    We are considered “consultants”, take our advice or leave it, but I’m still on the hook for $1.8 million. (Not the plant, but the plant black belts which operate out of corporate and have no direct link to the plant other than our physical presence).
    I’m telling, but no one is listening. Like “If a black belt opens his mouth do we hear him?” No.

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    #132411

    Jered Horn
    Participant

    Black Belt Boy,
    Having to come up with your own projects isn’t all that bad.  In your situation, it should give you the opportunity to involve the plant-level people in the project selection process. 
    The seemingly arbitrary cost savings goal is unfortunate, but you’ve got to get over it.  Consider it a challenge.
    You’re approaching people wrong if you tell them they have a problem.  You’re right, some people will take that the wrong way.  Therefore, don’t do it.  Ask them what they struggle with the most and if they can show you the data or help you collect it, work on that.
    Your comments about being considered consultants…”take our advice or leave it”…”I’m still on the hook”…bother me.  It sounds a little too “us vs. them”.  You may not, but, if you think of yourself as being on a different team than them, you’re not going to win.
    Hope this helps.  Hang in there!

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