Team Building Strategies


Organizational Leadership for Six Sigma Team Building 

There are several ways to structure a six sigma team building strategies. However successful applications share a common core of management support, training, rewards and reinforcement.

Management Support for Six Sigma Team Building Strategies 

Effective six sigma team building programs do not happen accidentally. Careful planning and implementation are required to ensure the proper resources are available and applied to the right problems.

Key resources and action items include:

  • Choose a team leader, train as needed and define their role
  • Must be a Six Sigma Black Belt with Team Building training
  • Team Leader must be an educator, to train team of lean six sigma tools and methods

It has been said that there are two occasions when it is difficult to implement an Team Building strategy, when times are bad and when times are good. When times are bad, profitability is low, resources are tight and "strategy" activities take a back seat  to "survival." When time are good, profitability is high and resources are focused on the current source of cash flow. Improvement may be last on the list of things to do in order to take advantage of the current opportunity.

It has also been said that there are two times when an Team Building Strategy is critical, when times are bad and when times are good. When times are bad and profitability is low, a company can not afford to continue losing money because of poor quality and performance.

When times are good and profitability is high, the cost of poor quality performance is also likely to be high. Customers are not likely to repeat business with a company that delivers poor quality product or service, when a better option is available. This last condition is more likely to happen in a high margin market. Unfortunately many companies cruise along like the Titanic thinking they are unsinkable because they are the market leaders.

"Six Sigma has forever changed GE. Everyone......is a true believer in Six  Sigma, the way this company now works."

John F. Welch, Former GE Chairman

When times Skilled managers must be willing to make significant commitments in order to implement and support a successful Six Sigma Team Building strategies. Early successes must be exploited to propel the company forward. This includes overcoming the hurdles that appear at the 4.5 sigma, 5 sigma and 5.5 sigma transition points. At each of these transition points, the low hanging fruit, that was previously available, has been picked and more advanced analysis is needed to reach the next level. The hurdles get progressively higher. If an organization does not continue to persevere, then it is likely to take a step backwards.

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