Saturday, June 06, 2009

Stop telling me Lean Six Sigma is a strategic initiative

I'm sick and tired of hearing how Lean Six Sigma is a strategic initiative. What a bunch of crap! You and I know that most people have no idea of their organization's strategy. The executives of the organization have no clue.
I believe the following quotes from Gary Harpst's Six Disciplines for Excellence (and I believe the quotes actually are Kaplan and Norton's) are truer today than they have ever been.
“An astounding 90% of well formulated strategies fail due to poor execution.”
“Only 5% of employees understand their (firm’s) corporate strategy.”
“Only 3% of executives think their company is very successful at executing its strategies.”
Nearly 80% of C-level executives say their strategies are critical to success, yet are “nearly impossible to achieve.”
Approximately “75% of business improvement initiatives to solve these problems fail due to lack of sustainability.” (Refer to “Doom Loop” of Good to Great by Jim Collins.)
“The biggest problem in business is poorly executed strategies and plans” … Gary Harpst.

Give me a break, there is nothing strategic about your Lean Six Sigma initiative or projects for the vast majority of you.

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3 Comments:

At 6:06 AM , Anonymous Calvin.K said...

“An astounding 90% of well formulated strategies fail due to poor execution.”
- Can be more than 90%, and the poor execution due to lack of knowledge and practice.


“Only 5% of employees understand their (firm’s) corporate strategy.”
“Only 3% of executives think their company is very successful at executing its strategies.”
This is definately true

 
At 2:39 PM , Anonymous walljasper said...

The cult of Six SIgma...the 21st Century version of EST.

/"Thank you, Werner".
//'encounterd more than few EST-holes back in the day so I have decided to create a new description for adherents of this new cult....."SIgmoids"!

 
At 6:26 AM , Blogger Mou mirza said...

Thanks for including me! Those are all blogs that I read regularly too.lean six sigma training

 

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