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Are Your Champions Doing a Good Job?

Summary: While Black Belts are the driving force in a Six Sigma activity, Champions at the senior, deployment, and project levels are necessary to determine the real effectiveness of any Six Sigma effort. Six Sigma can only be driven from the CEO down. Properly deployed, Six Sigma is an implementation engine fueled by CEO commitment with deep ties to the organization's reward and recognition system. It is important for the senior Champions to establish the basic infrastructure and support systems before launching the projects and training. Executive management needs to make sure Champions are properly funded and resourced. Champions are the key to the success of any Six Sigma effort. Heroic efforts by lower level employees can never substitute for deficiencies in a CEO's vision and ability to provide the environment, resources and support.

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  • Topics: Certification Preparation, Six Sigma, Leadership
  • Keywords: Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB),Commitment,Empowerment,Six Sigma,Motivation,Rewards and recognition,Upper management,Leadership
  • Author: Smith, Larry R.
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine