|Moving from Good to Great- The Role of Today's Executive and Six Sigma|
|Facilitated By:||Bruce D. Williams|
|Date/Time:||June 4, 2004|
|Delivered At:||5th Annual Six Sigma Leadership Conference|
|Length of Session:||60 Minutes|
|Description:||Traditionally, Six Sigma deployments within corporations have been conducted by small teams of highly trained specialists, namely Black Belts, who seek out pockets of waste and defects and apply the specific methods and tools of six sigma to systematically reduce or eliminate them. This strategy, while highly effective in its own right, does not necessarily create a long-term culture of quality and performance improvement within the enterprise. Quite to the contrary, this approach often has had the unintended consequence of disenfranchising the majority of the staff, as the executives can not help but focus on the eye-popping bottom-line results of tightly-focused black belt projects. As a result, many Six Sigma deployments have resulted in short-term exercises of "finding the squeaky wheel". Once greased, however, and after the quick hits have extracted the short term benefits, the black belt project pipeline of lucrative projects begins to dry up, and the culture is left unchanged. In short, Six Sigma can be a bubble.|
After more than a decade of widespread deployment across hundreds of organizations, we now know Six Sigma to be so powerful that - if fostered in a broad-based and sustainable manner - it can permanently change the way a company thinks and works. Six Sigma can underpin a culture of greatness. Six Sigma can produce the momentum-generating short term results as well as fuel long-term performance. Sustainable business improvement requires leaders take a different approach - an approach of inclusion, of providing the know-how and of setting the expectations within everyone. Through a strategy of personal enlightenment, systematic empowerment and complete employee engagement, Six Sigma can be the basis for making a good company into a great company. In this roundtable, we will discuss how recent trends and new developments in leadership, deployment and training techniques are making this possible.