The Missing Ingredient for Bigger, Faster Lean Six Sigma Results

The fad stage may be over, but Lean Six Sigma remains the most widely-deployed quality and process improvement method in large organizations. In the face of tighter budgets and greater pressure for results, however, Lean Six Sigma deployment leaders need to embrace innovative ways of engaging their organizations in continuous improvement, but without the expense associated with conventional Lean Six Sigma staffing and training.
"By providing a method that effectively addresses the psychology of change, we’ve unlocked employee willingness to participate as full partners in Lean Six Sigma improvement and delivered bigger returns on investment."

The Engagement Gap

In spite of its many publicized successes and its acceptance as the gold standard of continuous improvement methods, Lean Six Sigma is no longer seen as a “no brainer” investment by executives. The problem with Lean Six Sigma is not the methodology. The big gap for Lean Six Sigma is with the rest of the organization, which is often left sitting on the sidelines of the improvement game.

The Missing Ingredient

The answer to closing Lean Six Sigma’s employee engagement gap and resulting lost opportunity to boost results is not training more Green Belts or moving Lean Six Sigma training online to increase access and reduce cost. Our experience over the past two decades with more than 5,000 frontline improvement teams across a wide array of industries and cultures indicates that the biggest barrier to greater employee engagement in Lean Six Sigma is low employee motivation.

Closing the Lean Six Sigma Engagement Gap

Over the last decade, Leap Technologies has had the opportunity to work with Lean Six Sigma Deployment Leaders on issues related to low employee engagement. Our Rapid Action process and toolkit has proven to be a highly-profitable way to engage small teams of employees in rapid problem-solving and solution implementation, and in a way that “pulls rather than pushes” employees to adopt Lean Six Sigma thinking into their jobs and interactions.

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