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Stop Selling: 5 Mindful Ways To Engage Others In Fixing A Process

Stop Selling: 5 Mindful Ways To Engage Others In Fixing A Process - GoLeanSixSigma.com

How often have you worked on fixing what seemed like an obvious problem but found yourself frustrated with how much time you had to spend convincing others it was worth solving? Have you ever sponsored a Black Belt, a Green Belt or a Lean practitioner in solving a process issue only to see the effort languish for lack of buy-in? Even with seemingly simple ideas, this can be a huge waste of energy. What Is… (Read More)

How To Report Your GoLeanSixSigma.com Activities And Claim Your PDUs From PMI

By Jurija Metovic   |   May 7, 2015  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Earn PDUs and advance your process improvement skills – it’s a win-win! Register for Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt or Lean Training & Certification and claim up to 42 PDUs. For nearly all PMI certifications, you are required to follow Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR), which supports ongoing professional development through education and giving back to your profession There are plenty of opportunities to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s) including GoLeanSixSigma.com’s… (Read More)

Help Us Support Nepal’s Recovery With Partners In Sustainable Learning

Help Us Support Nepal’s Recovery With Partners In Sustainable Learning - GoLeanSixSigma.com

For the month of May, GoLeanSixSigma.com will be donating 5% of all proceeds to help the families in Nepal devastated by the recent earthquake. It’s our mission to make improvement easier for everyone. We envision every individual playing their part to improve the quality of life for their neighbors near and far – contributing to the greater good. Although you may know us to serve professionals and businesses, we believe in extending these opportunities to improve to… (Read More)

Why You Should Model Quixote In Quality

By Kurt Stuke   |   April 23, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Don Quixote prioritized imagination, commitment, passion – and fused them with purpose. How might employing his character as a role-model for our journey through Quality affect our results? Borrowing from the work of James G. March,1 professor emeritus at Stanford University, what insights concerning quality can be drawn from observing Cervantes’ character of Don Quixote? Why Model Don Quixote? Given Quixote’s penchant for storming windmills, he seems an unlikely source of guidance. If his inability… (Read More)

Burn The Popcorn: Stop Traditional Brainstorming

Burn The Popcorn: Stop Traditional Brainstorming - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Your process improvement effort is going splendidly! You flowcharted, collected data, determined root cause and now, you finally get to discuss solutions. Sometimes the solutions are obvious – but what if they aren’t? It doesn’t take hours of brainstorming to understand that Standard Work might be a good place to start when people are confused about a process and everyone performs it differently. But what do you do to get the best solutions for the… (Read More)

5 Effective Ways To Remember The Names Of Project Stakeholders

By Elisabeth Swan   |   April 2, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
5 Effective Ways To Remember The Names Of Project Stakeholders - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Do you consider yourself bad with names? Are you convinced that it’s a special skill that some people have, just not you? You might be unintentionally offending the people around you or missing opportunities to make important connections. Influence skills are key in most jobs, but they’re especially important when doing process improvement work. Remembering people’s names is a foundational skill. I was once running a workshop with a colleague and early during our first… (Read More)

Challenging The Process: Why Do We Stop Asking Why?

By Tracy O'Rourke   |   March 18, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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One of the challenges in implementing a Continuous Improvement program is this: After employees go through training, how do they determine where to apply all of their new process improvement tools? Even if your organization is culturally ready for process improvement, how often have you heard people say, “The process has worked that way for years” Or, “Why fix what isn’t broken?” Or, “That’s how we’ve always done it.” Where Should Your Improvement Begin? At… (Read More)

You’re Not The Boss Of Me: 5 Ways To Influence Stakeholders

By Elisabeth Swan   |   March 12, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Many of us have been in the position, whether at work, at school or at home, of meeting resistance to what seems like a fabulous idea. The more we explain all the reasons that others should jump on board, the more we experience folded arms, polite refusals, or, even worse, the friendly smiles of people just waiting for us to go away. In the Lean Six Sigma world, the ability to influence others is often… (Read More)

Interview: Big Thinkers, Big Ideas With Elisabeth Swan

By GoLeanSixSigma.com   |   March 6, 2015  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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APQC CEO Carla O’Dell talked with GoLeanSixSigma.com VP of Content Development Elisabeth Swan as part of the “Big Thinkers, Big Ideas” interview series. Swan began her career with a background in improvisational theater and then transitioned to process improvement and facilitation with Swan Consulting. Swan has over 20 years of experience in process-based organization design, problem solving, and change management for blue chip clients including Amazon, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, NBC, Volvo, and more. Interview… (Read More)

DMAIC Field Guide: Quick Reference For Lean Six Sigma Projects

By GoLeanSixSigma.com   |   February 27, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Are you ready to begin your Lean Six Sigma project? Check out our DMAIC Field Guide® – a printable, easy to use reference for completing successful Lean Six Sigma projects. If you’re registered for our Green Belt Training & Certification, you can download it for FREE after logging in. To download your DMAIC Field Guide after registering for Green Belt Training & Certification: Login here Select the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training & Certification… (Read More)

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