I visited a company a few weeks ago that asks all of their employees to do a green belt project. It’s not mandatory, but completion of a project is part of their annual review. Not surprisingly, the management boasts that nearly everyone does a project. 

You know how many people do a second project? Less than 5%. 

This company is doing okay, but they definitely don’t have a culture of continuous improvement. Plenty of green belts, sure. But there’s no evidence of a continuous improvement mindset among the workers. Which is what the senior leadership wants, and why they created a Lean Six Sigma belt program in the first place. 

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