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Living Leaner in a Complicated World

Living Leaner in a Complicated World

We are so excited at SSD Global Solutions to launch our new blog, Living Leaner in a Complicated World. Moving forward, we hope that you will add your own ideas to ours and we love to hear stories about how you applied certain tools and techniques to make your life Leaner.  We have a lot to tell!

I spent a large portion of my life being what I call “crazy insane busy”. And that part would have been okay, if I had found moments of true bliss – – or even a fraction, of a moment, of true bliss.  But all I can remember, from a certain period of my life, is working 12-hour days and getting nothing really accomplished or even vaguely interesting to me.  I felt trapped in that rodent wheel.  I’ve always been paid well and often that held me hostage.  And, some of my colleagues had it worse.  I’ve heard it referred to as the golden handcuffs.

But, I was constantly told that I should feel lucky that I had a job in a professional field that utilized my education.  In the early days, comments implied, that I was lucky to be a woman in a professional field and to benefit from all the advantages  — I needed to bloom where I was planted.

The only part of that message I embraced and that resonated with me, was the rather biblical message “bloom where you are planted”.  These days, I think it’s perfectly okay to “bloom where you’re planted” but it is also okay to spit out seeds all around you, and let things grow.  This makes your life whole and wonderful and meaningful.

And, I also think when you bloom where you’re planted you should encourage all those bumblebees to pollinate and take your message to other places.  I love that Stephen Covey’s major work: The Seven Habit of Highly Effective People was followed up by his book, The Eighth Habit.  Because the Eighth Habit is all about finding your own voice and sharing it with the masses.

As the first topic, it seemed appropriate to address what Leaner means to us at SSD Global Solutions.  It simply means taking everything that is overcomplicated and making it easier to do. I’m sure you’ve all been in situations where you read and reread articles and information and never truly understood what the author was trying to say.  Well, that’s a perfect example of our goal.  We want to say things that are meaningful and easy to adopt.  We invite you to check out our website and/or look at my LinkedIn page: Terra Vanzant Stern.  This will give you an idea of what we are doing and the direction we are heading. In the meantime, we’d like to welcome you to a Lean journey.

A Message from Our Principal

A Message from Our Principal

I am often asked what makes SSD Global Solutions’ Leaner Six Sigma (LrSS©) different from the many Lean Six Sigma programs available today.  This has been an easy question to answer!  We honored the Voice of the Customer.  Then, we implemented the suggestions they made.  As a result, we simplified the statistics, made the concepts less difficult to understand and cut out all the unnecessary jargon.

In addition, as part of the program, we started providing forms and templates that allow students to effortlessly duplicate what they learned in class.  This method facilitates immediate application of knowledge to real projects or process improvements.

We ultimately trust in the student’s subject matter expertise and respect their knowledge base.  We believe you know your environment much better than we do!  Our goal is to align your irreplaceable abilities and past experiences with our LrSS toolkit.  This allows each individual to become better, faster and more cost-effective in their current situation and future endeavors.

But, the most valuable offering we support is that the tools and methodology promoted in our packages are framed in a way that can be applied to business as well as personal life.  In our fast-paced and busy world, we can all use a little help increasing our critical thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities.

SSD Global Solutions also recognizes the new science of mindfulness and believes that sometimes we must restore and stabilize before making an improvement.  We appreciate the current state and explore root causes and solutions. Our students adopt and start using these concepts instantaneously.

Leaner Six Sigma© is not just a workshop to become certified in Lean Six Sigma. LrSS It is a learning experience that can provide a road map to accomplish unspoken dreams and achieve buy-in from even the most unlikely supporter.


TerraTerra Vanzant Stern, PhD. PMP, SPHR/GPHR

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Principal, SSD Global Solutions, Inc.