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How can you break from professional stagnation?

Updated: May 10

lean six sigma newsletter for employees


If you had vacation in August, then welcome back!

Are you concerned about feeling stuck in your professional growth? If so, I have some exciting news for you.

I'm thrilled to announce that, in response to the numerous requests from my community of clients and students, I have made the decision to enter the world of podcasting. Since finding a single podcast to meet everyone's expectations was challenging, I've taken a step by launching not just one, but three unique podcast shows.

Here's an overview:

podcast for employees managers and health conscious people

The podcast that could be interesting for you is titled First WAVES as its content is specifically intended for those who have not yet taken up management position. It is equally valuable whether you are already a certified Lean Six Sigma practitioner or not. If you're considering the next steps in your career, First WAVES is the podcast you've been waiting for!

However, if you currently hold a managerial position or aspire to take on managerial responsibilities in the near future, I highly recommend checking out our podcast Business Excellence for Managers .This podcast is tailored to offer you with valuable insights and strategies to achieve excellence in your role as a manager.

If you believe your manager would be interested in the topic of continuous improvement, please don't hesitate to share information about the podcast with them. It may motivate them to support your next Lean Six Sigma certification, which can serve as a springboard for your career development.

Intriguing Guests and Topics:

I am excited to bring you fascinating guests who share their experience in the corporate world and discuss how they achieved their professional growth. In addition to our regular episodes, we are introducing bonus episodes in German and Spanish expanding our reach to a wider audience.

Here’s a sneak peek at the episodes published in the First WAVES for Employees podcast since our launch in April:

If any of these episodes raise curiosity, simply click on the links above to access them directly on my website. Additionally, you can listen to these episodes on various popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Google Music, and many others.

For the third podcast Health Happiness Planet I will explain it in detail later in this newsletter under the section called, “2 Important Projects.”

For Added Value and Convenience:

In some episodes, I will be offering a downloadable PDF that summarizes the key takeaways from each episode, along with actionable steps that you can implement in your own work.

Our goal is to enhance your learning experience and help you apply valuable insights to your professional journey.

business tips and tricks

The tool we will highlight this month is the Project Charter.

This is a fundamental tool used by almost every successful individual in the corporate world who is dedicated to improvement. Its application extends beyond Lean Six Sigma projects, making it a useful asset in a variety of project contexts.

Why use this tool?

It serves as an agreement document with the project sponsor, outlining the specific reasons for running the project. Once the project charter is filled out, it can be used to communicate with everyone involved in this project. It explains “why” we are doing this project and what we want to achieve.

If you want to read and watch a video tutorial how I use this tool step by step, then I invite you to explore the free Tool Vault on our WAVE website. Here, you will find the Project Charter in the Define Phase, which includes:

· A 9-step approach.

· 3 dos and 3 don'ts.

· Short video tutorial.

· Free downloadable template that you can use in your next project.

Check it out! Here is the link to the Tool Vault:

 lean six sigma course spotlight

Every month we will present you one of our 22 courses that will help you in your career development.

This month we’re excited to spotlight the Lean Practitioner Certification!

This training is particularly appealing to those who:

· Are interested in dedicating 5% - 10% of their time to a Lean project spanning 3-5 months.

· Seek to improve their working environment.

· Are willing to contribute greater value to their company.

· Would like to learn how to facilitate KAIZEN workshops.

You will learn how to:

· Facilitate (KAIZEN) process improvement workshops.

· Apply change management concepts & tools.

· Select ideal Lean projects.

· Optimize presentation skills.

· Implement the Lean methodology.

· Use Continuous Improvement tools to identify quick wins.

Why is this training valuable?

Financial Impact: It has the potential to generate a positive financial impact for your company between 10k€ and 50k€ (both soft and hard savings).

Hands-on Learning: You'll have the opportunity to apply the Lean methodology in a real project, gaining practical experience.

Skill Enhancement: This training enhances your problem-solving skills and terminates with a valuable certification.

Efficiency: You'll learn to be pragmatic and identify low-hanging fruits (quick wins) for immediate improvements.

Guidance and Support: Included in the certification package is a Master Black Belt (MBB) coach who will ensure the successful completion of your project through regular 1-on-1 coaching sessions, utilizing the WAVE assessment sheet.

Bonus Courses: With this training you'll receive two additional courses: Change Management and Kaizen Facilitation, expanding your skill set.

Career Development: You can choose to continue your journey by pursuing higher certification levels (Green / Black Belt) as part of your career development options.

For more information about the course, please click on the below link. Here you will also find a 3-minute video, where I provide further insights.

The Lean Practitioner Certification Program serves as the first step in addressing process issues at work. You will earn positive management attention, which is the beginning of an exciting career development journey in the corporate world.

lean six sigma Business case

In the Projects section on the WAVE website my team and I are engaged in 2 compelling long-term projects:

1. Sustainability for Companies:

If your company is committed to advancing its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reducing its carbon footprint, or if you're interested in enhancing your organization's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, we invite you to explore our project page on Sustainability for Companies. I will be more than happy to speak with you about these exciting topics. Discover more by visiting: Sustainability for Companies

2. Health, Happiness, and Planet Podcast:

At WAVE, we're not only passionate about improving your business performance but also about your overall well-being, happiness, and the well-being of our planet. That's why we've dedicated a separate project page and a podcast to these important subjects. On this platform, you'll find practical tips and valuable insights on how to boost your energy, enhance your health, and at the same time adopt habits that support a healthier environment.

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I'm excited to be able to share valuable content that you can apply to achieve outstanding results in both your professional and personal life. Look out for a brief update in four weeks, where I'll share exciting developments with you.

Take care!


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