Belts are on the front line in implementing Lean and Lean Six Sigma projects, and the success of your initiatives depends on their discipline, energy, and leadership, as much as on their mastery of new skills and modes of thinking.
One-on-one coaching of these high-potential leaders accelerates their ability to complete successful projects in the short term, but very importantly, it increases their potential to lead organizational change in the long term. In fact, personalized coaching often has the most significant impact on the effectiveness of Belts and their value to the organization.
Rath & Strong works with you to customize a coaching program that is right for your organization. With coaching directed where it counts the most, we can help your initiative get started, help you go enterprise-wide, re-energize an existing program, or help get a stalled effort restarted.
Coaching for New Belts
To ensure a higher ratio of project completion and success, in addition to group technical training and one-week of Team & Influence Skills group training, we recommend a minimum of four hours of coaching to each Belt between sessions. Some organizations opt for as many as eight hours per new Black Belt.
Coaching can be addressed to a number of areas, dependent on individual need: systems thinking, statistics, coaching skills, leading change, influence skills, and project selection.
Coaching can also be used going forward as needed to target specific organizational or personal goals.
Senior Management Development Plan
If Belts are selected with the thought that they will eventually be the leaders of the organization, we believe it makes sense to also develop them as high-potential managers. Organizations may wish to develop a coaching model to give performance feedback to Belts from a wide variety of sources: team members, peers, process owners, champions, and so on. Done in conjunction with a competency model, Belts can then be informed of how they stack up on all the requirements for their position. Gaps can be identified, and they can create a personal development plan.
How to Make Coaching Pay Dividends
Person-to-person onsite sessions between the Belt and our coach tend to get the fastest and most effective result. However, given the realities of today’s global business, we have developed remote coaching methods. Coaches are also available via email and telephone, of course.
The number of sessions that will be appropriate depend on individual need, the type of project, availability of in-house support, and the stage of an initiative.
We are dedicated to transferring the knowledge, skills, and technology we build with our clients to them, so that they can independently carry forward the benefits of working with us.
“There are some fundamental rules that the leader needs to lay down. …All Black Belts and Master Black Belts will be highly promotable people for whom this will be a career accelerator. Everybody who goes into training must have a project that delivers a financial result, which will be certified by the financial organization.
President and CEO,
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