We always say, “no sponsor, no project,” and we’ve never wavered. It’s better to do fewer projects than assign projects to people without the proper support. What often happens is the projects that are launched with proper sponsors result in success. Word spreads and suddenly there are more sponsors interested in supporting projects. The cycle tends to reinforce itself.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.