This is definitely the job of a Master Black Belt and the Champion that is sponsoring the Lean Six Sigma effort. The effort needs a seat in the C-suite. Otherwise, leaders may not engage.

Involving leaders and the Champion in the strategic planning is very important as well as sharing results and a clear understanding of their role in Lean Six Sigma help a great deal.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.