The Changing Face of Corporate Management – Making Six Sigma Work For You

Written by By Matt McAllister

Since its introduction, Six Sigma has literally revolutionized management processes andrepparttar way business is done. Overrepparttar 140367 years, major corporations world-wide—from Motorola to General Electric—have adopted and implemented its methodology asrepparttar 140368 keystone of their management philosophy.

As such, Six Sigma practitioners are in high demand by top companies looking to streamline their processes and increase their profit margins through this powerful management tool.

This article will provide a basic overview ofrepparttar 140369 concepts and methodology that is redefiningrepparttar 140370 management strategies of major corporations—andrepparttar 140371 managers they hire.

What is Six Sigma?

At its heart, Six Sigma is a business tool used to increase profit by optimizing performance. In order to understand how Six Sigma achieves this, one must first learn to look at business as a series of processes.

Any business can basically be viewed as a machine comprised of many moving parts, called processes. This idea can be applied to any department, acrossrepparttar 140372 board—from Human Resources to Research and Development, from a hiring process to a manufacturing process, from marketing to distribution. Allrepparttar 140373 main parts of whole must be synchronized for optimum performance in order for a company to be successful. The same applies torepparttar 140374 processes that make uprepparttar 140375 individual departments. In this way, everything is interlocked and interdependent. And by extension—asrepparttar 140376 saying goes—you are only as strong as your weakest link.

With this in mind, Six Sigma sets out a disciplined data-driven methodology to measure and analyzerepparttar 140377 processes that a company ultimately runs on. Its ultimate goal isrepparttar 140378 optimization of performance by identifying and eliminating “defects” inrepparttar 140379 process, resulting in higher customer satisfaction, and thus profit.

The Underlying Principles

Six Sigma is a powerful management tool used to optimize performance by eliminating defects in corporate processes. A defect in process can be seen as an obstacle to customer satisfaction, which isrepparttar 140380 lifeblood to any company's profitability. Therefore, while Six Sigma analyzes and improvesrepparttar 140381 internal processes of a company, it's ultimate aim is to increaserepparttar 140382 degree of customer satisfaction.

The term “Six Sigma” itself offers clues torepparttar 140383 ideas atrepparttar 140384 heart of its methodology. The word “sigma” is a statistical term for measuring deviation from perfection. The “six” refers to six standard deviations. Taken together,repparttar 140385 term translates into a methodology that, when applied to processes, seeks to produce no more than six standard deviations fromrepparttar 140386 defined point of perfection. Inrepparttar 140387 Six Sigma methodology, this has been defined as no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Whilerepparttar 140388 statistical terminology might sound intimidating,repparttar 140389 idea of making only 3 mistakes for every million attempts is easy enough to grasp and showsrepparttar 140390 power ofrepparttar 140391 methods at work.

Genghis Khan - Smith

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

GENGHIS KHAN: - My father told me that he was a red head among a dark-haired people as I grew up. It made a lasting impression on a freckle-faced boy. Many other 'red heads' becamerepparttar subject of my scrutiny including Jefferson and Jesus (according to Grey Owl in an interesting legend) as my life and studies progressed; but I have never found a definite entry to support what my father said about Temujin althoughrepparttar 140323 pictures of Mongols with red hair fromrepparttar 140324 10th century AD were something I noticed. Now, perhaps I can confirm his statement as we see Elizabeth Wayland Barber writingrepparttar 140325 book The Mummies of Urumchi. She saysrepparttar 140326 following under photos of a painting from Cave 20 at Bezeklik near Turfan.

"Noterepparttar 140327 reddish hair and pale eyes ofrepparttar 140328 man at right, as well asrepparttar 140329 typically Caucasoid features of both (big nose, round eyes, heavy beard). The early mummies are of this same type, as are many ofrepparttar 140330 current inhabitants ofrepparttar 140331 region." (22)

The work of Mircae Eliade onrepparttar 140332 roots of alchemy called The Forge andrepparttar 140333 Crucible had clued me in torepparttar 140334 'smith' origin of Genghis Khan. These 'smiths' were shamanistic alchemists and his family was from a long line of them just as Solomon and Jesus are known to be, inrepparttar 140335 scholarly circles who care to track how knowledge has come down to us inrepparttar 140336 present day, this means something; but few other places.

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