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The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt: Is it For You?


Lean Six Sigma is a simple set of tools and methods for making any business as profitable and efficient as possible. By maximizing profits, and minimizing costs, a business can be completely transformed for the better through teaching employees the Lean Six Sigma principles.

How Lean Six Sigma works

The processes within any business are the key to its success or failure, because they all affect the bottom line. What Lean Six Sigma teaches are measurable and strategic ways to improve any process within a business that can be improved.

Through use of statistics, analysis and lasting change, Lean Six Sigma methods lead to measurable positive changes.

Who is it for?

Through the more basic Yellow Belt training, all employees can learn the basics of Lean Six Sigma and can contribute to the success of the overall strategy for their organization.

But it takes a more in-depth and hands-on level of training for managers and team leaders who will be responsible for leading and implementing change.

The more responsibility the employee has within an organization, the more advanced Lean Six Sigma training they should have - this more advanced training is a must for all key mid and high level employees when it comes to an organization’s success.

Level 2: The Green Belt

The second level of Lean Six Sigma training is the Green Belt Program. All managers and high level staff should have this training, either as an end in itself or on their way to gaining their Black Belt certification.

Some of the people within your organization who can benefit from Green Belt training: Quality Managers, Production Managers, Operations Managers, Service Managers, Engineer, Finance Managers, Project Managers, Owners, Training Managers, Directors of Training, IT specialists, Health care practitioners, Consultants and Managers, just to mention a few.

What you’ll learn

The Green Belt training is very practical, because it prepares staff for an active role in identifying an organization’s problems and working towards permanent fixes.

Green Belt training shows staff how to collect data, lead on projects, guide teams and put Lean Six Sigma methods into practice for the benefit of their business.

It's incredibly valuable training to bring to any organization, and can also significantly improve your personal value in the job market. So enroll on our Green Belt program today, and watch your career prospects take off.


Morgan International offers the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in partnership with BlueSkye Track and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Explore the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course outline in more details here.


So You Want a Career in Supply Chain?


By Rebecca Langdon

This particular career has many job titles, some doing the same job under different names, and of course, many different variations. To name a few; procurement manager, procurement analyst, supply chain manager, contract manager, sourcing manager, vendor manager, and the list goes on. The one thing they all have in common is that the day to day job involves the management of the supply chain, whether holistically or just one particular element. An individual who is interested in undertaking any one of those roles, and wants to keep their options open, would be encouraged to undertake the CSCP accreditation. The reason being that it covers a wide breadth of material compared to other courses, which equips the candidate with a broad skill set when they are looking for an exciting new role.

What will you learn?

The syllabus is broad, so there is always something to keep you interested. The core areas are:

  • Supply chain design
  • Developing the supply chain strategy and designing the supply chain
  • Supply chain planning and execution
  • Procuring and delivering goods and services
  • Managing supply chain relationships
  • Managing reverse logistics
  • Supply chain improvement and best practice
  • Standards, regulations, and sustainability
  • Managing risk
  • Improving the supply chain

In Summary

The CSCP programme is the most widely recognized educational program for operations and supply chain management professionals globally. It is easy to see why, and if you are interested in finding out more then please contact us at Morgan, or take a look at the website.


When Project Management Meets Change Management


By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

Changes are inevitable within any organization and these need to be managed effectively to ensure they don’t adversely affect the business. Some typical types of changes are a merger with another business, rebranding or downsizing. Project management provides the structure to ensure this happens, while change management focuses on the people side of the change and how it will impact on individuals and departments. Change management and project management are most efficient when they work together for the good of the organization and it is important for project managers in particular to understand this. When project management meets change management and they work well together, there are many benefits.

Common Goal

In order for a project to be completed successfully, it is essential to have the support of staff and this is where change management and project management can work well together. If change management is implemented effectively, staff will be supportive of the change and thus, the project will be more likely to be successful. Everyone is working towards a common goal, which is essential for a project to be managed effectively.

Identify Risks

Any change can cause potential risks to a business and through combining change management and project management, these risks can be identified quickly and the overall impact of this on the business can be determined. Project managers can incorporate these risks into the management of the project and ensure the negative impact is minimalized.


Change management ensures employees know what to expect from the change and how it may impact them. For example, if the organization is merging with another company, change management would ensure that employees know how this will affect them and will be communicated with throughout the change. When the two work together, the project team will be aware of reactions to the change and will be able to integrate this information into managing it successfully.

Considering a career in Project Management? Why not explore our PMP course outline.


Top Leadership Qualities Every Facilities Manager Should Possess

By Joanne Jeffries

A great leader, they say, is made, not born. This means that you can learn how to lead, inspire and encourage people to perform better. But how do you go about it? These are our top 10 traits of a leader.

  • Praise

Employees understand the need to perform better - it is a personal goal as much as a business one. People want their contribution to be valued. Stop telling people to be better but instead praise them for contributing, pointing out how they solve problems etc.

  • Purpose, not profit

Your business needs to make a profit, but by understanding their contribution makes a difference, as well as contributing to how financially the company is doing, is far more inspiring.

  • Understand different personalities

Your employees are not all the same. Everyone has different attitudes and behaviors. As a leader, you need to understand how all these characters fit together, giving the best result that they can.

  • Constantly learning

A leader who stands still or chooses not to learn will find inspiring others difficult. Learning and development is a constant process. People want direction that is to the point, and not lectures awash with meaningless buzzwords.

  • Innovate

To create impact, your business needs to innovate – and your employees want (and need) to be part of this powerful process. But to do this, people need the right tools and resources – and you are expected to identify what these are.

  • Natural talent

Success is not necessarily inspiring in itself, but stretching, challenging and developing people’s natural abilities are. Don’t be frightened to allow people to change and grow.

  • Ownership is not the same as…

… accountability. When an employee feels accountable, they can feel under pressure. But when they feel they are part of the ownership of the company and its service, this is a powerful and emotive tool.

  •  Respect AND recognition

Respecting your employees and their work is far more powerful than recognition alone. By instilling this in your employees, you will have a far more productive workplace.

  • Personal growth

An inspiring leader will, without question or hesitation, encourage, nurture and facilitate the personal growth of every employee.

  • Trust AND transparency

Leading and inspiring people is about creating relationships that are based on mutual trust, just as much as they are on transparency.

In Summary

Leading and inspiring people should be part of the way you manage and interact with people, a skill that can be taught and practiced. Practical guidance for leadership is included within the FMP course.


The Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt: Is it For You?

By Kate Rawdon


Lean Six Sigma is a simple set of tools and methods for making any business as profitable and efficient as possible. By maximizing profits, and minimizing costs, a business can be completely transformed for the better through teaching employees the Lean Six Sigma principles.

How Lean Six Sigma works

The processes within any business are the key to its success or failure, because they all affect the bottom line. What Lean Six Sigma teaches are measurable and strategic ways to improve any process within a business that can be improved.


Through use of statistics, analysis and lasting change, Lean Six Sigma methods lead to measurable positive changes.

Who is it for?

Lean Six Sigma training can help employees at all levels to contribute to the overall success of their business. Employees can learn logical and effective ways to measure, analyze and improve the parts of the business they’re involved with, changing the fortunes of the whole organization.


Although it’s vital that staff who are in high and strategic positions understand and use the Six Sigma principles, it’s actually a great idea to give all staff access to the basics.


This means they can understand and contribute to the overall direction of the business, and can even progress with more training, taking on more responsibility for implementing the Six Sigma principles.

Level 1: The Yellow Belt

The first level of training is the Yellow Belt Program. It’s a must for all managers and high level staff on their way to gaining their Green and even Black Belt certification.


Managers and employees at all levels can benefit from Yellow Belt training, including: Quality coordinators, Technicians, Inspectors, Assemblers, Quality Auditors, Installers, Operators, Trainers and Warehouse operators just to mention a few.


All staff involved with the processes within a business have a part to play in Lean Six Sigma methods, and that’s why this program is universally useful.

What you’ll learn

As part of the Yellow Belt training, you’ll learn all about Lean Six Sigma teams and roles, as well as the specific language and tools. You’ll also learn the tried and tested ways to define, measure, analyze and control processes.


Every skill you learn is effective and versatile, so it can be used to help any business. Enroll on our program now, and see your business - and your personal skillset - improve in a drastic and measurable way.


Morgan International offers the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt in partnership with BlueSkye Track and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Explore the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt course outline in more details here.



Developing Effective Supply Chain Strategies


By Rebecca Langdon

The first thing to tell you is that developing efficient and robust supply chain strategies is an art, and it takes thought and consideration. You can’t turn to a catalogue and pick out a particular strategy that you think will perfectly suit your particular product or service. Instead you need to take each product or service, or group thereof, and design the most effective supply chain. These are my top tips for approaching supply chain development.

  • Review the current supply chain first

Unless you are launching a completely new product or service, you will have a current supply chain that you can analyze. It may be that you think it is inefficient or perhaps it seems to be working smoothly. Your goal is to ensure that the supply chain delights your customers and aligns with their expectations. At this stage you need to do your research and produce a gap analysis.

  • Consider improving the supply chain

Once you have determined any gaps, you can begin looking at options for improvement. This might be a different warehouse facility, a new logistics plan, or perhaps you want to go to tender to seek new suppliers.

  • High versus low risk

You need to consider the issues your organisation will face if the supply chain breaks down and the product or service is either delayed, or is substandard. There may be some products or services which are lower risk, perhaps because they are easily substitutable. For these products/services you may not be too worried about having a backup plan. For critical products/services you should look for any weak points in the supply chain and ensure you have a secondary option. As an example, your core product is handmade sofas and you currently have one supplier. If that supplier loses resource or has a material constraint, you would be unable to fulfil customer orders. You have a single point of failure for your main revenue stream. A Supply Chain Manager would spot this risk and contract with a backup supplier or perhaps hire in a small internal manufacturing capability.

In Summary

The purpose of this article has been to highlight that a supply chain can either delight or disappoint the customer. There is an art to developing world class supply chains. For a business to be successful they need to invest in a talented and accredited Supply Chain Manager who can develop effective and robust supply chains. In many cases, organisations are turning to CSCP professionals to assist them in this area.

Project management

4 Effortless Ways to Improve Your Productivity

By Lyndsey Mclaughlin

A project manager is responsible for overseeing a project and ensuring it is delivered on time and within budget. It can be a highly challenging role, as you will be overseeing a team and will need to be able to identify the best use of your resources. Project managers are expected to stay within a specific budget and are also responsible for dealing with any challenges which arise. In order to rise to the challenges of managing a project, it is essential for the project manager to be productive. These are some of the ways to do this to achieve the best possible results.

Remain Focused

It is important to be focused on the project and not to let other distractions get in the way. For example, having dedicated times to check emails and attend meetings. If the focus is taken off the project for long periods of time, it can easily lead to the project being delivered after the deadline or generally not being delivered to the best of the project manager’s ability.

Clear Steps

Although it is important to always have the end result in sight for the project, it is also essential to define clear steps to reach the end goal. This is what makes a project manager most effective. If you embark on a project without knowing exactly what you want to achieve and when, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Delegate Tasks

An important part of being a productive project manager is the ability to make good use of your resources, which means being able to delegate tasks to those who are most capable. In order to do this, you must define the key skills and qualities of your team and assign them to the most relevant parts of the project.

Enroll in a PMP Program

If you really want to set yourself apart and become as productive as possible within your role, it is worthwhile enrolling in a Project Management Professional certification program. This will improve your knowledge of managing a project, including how to delegate tasks, stick to a budget and to cope with any challenges. These skills can not only improve your productivity when managing a project, but enable you to further your career by becoming equipped with the knowledge and expertise to manage projects effectively. The most effective project managers will be continuously focused on personal development and this program can help achieve those results.


The Importance of Financial Management in Facility Management

By Joanne Jeffries

Financial management in any business is key to success. In facilities management, not allowing the budget to run away with itself, planning and reviewing spending is important. There are many ways to keep tight financial control; these are our top 8 tips.

  1. Have a business plan

From contracts to SLAs, to a business-wide business plan, there is no substitute for understanding where your money will need to be targeted, how much of an emergency fund you will need and so on. The importance of financial management is such that planned expenditure always means savings over ad hoc expenditure.

  1. Monitor your financial position

Once you have planned your expenditure, apportioned sub-budgets and the like, you now need to monitor expenditure. If there is consistent over-spend on one area, there is obvious need for change. Don’t forget facilities management will not stay the same, thus your budget will need to change too.

  1. Credit control

Cash flow is important in facilities management; if it stops flowing, it presents significant issues. Credit control is more than just checking people have paid. It should also be about being pro-active in reducing customer debts rather than waiting for payment that may never come.

  1. Knowing day-to-day costs

Facilities Managers should have a firm grasp on the day to day operational costs they are responsible for. One key way to do this is to ensure all external costs via suppliers are clearly agreed within a contract.

  1. Up-to-date financial records

If you cannot lay your hands or eyes on the latest spreadsheet that gives you an immediate financial snapshot of the business, then you are divorced from financial reality. Of all the activities within the background running of your business, pro-activeness when it comes to keeping financial records is without doubt, top priority.

  1. Increase efficiency in overheads

Every business has overheads and when the budget starts to bite, controlling overheads can be the fastest way of saving money. Look at the average costs of heating, lighting, and air conditioning etc., checking you have the best deals. Don’t be lazy – always check for better deals via benchmarking and competitive negotiations with suppliers.

  1. Tackle financial problems as they arise

Allowing financial difficulties to fester is clearly not the best means of financially supporting and evolving facilities management. If there is a problem, deal with it.

  1. Become financial astute

This means including financial management training as part of your own professional development, and that of your employees.

In Summary

As a facilities manager it is likely that you will be responsible for the financial management of the services you manage. Whether it be budgeting, forecasting, or reconciliation, to be successful you need to be confident that you are managing the monetary aspects of your services. For more information, you might consider an FMP accreditation since within the syllabus Finance and Business is covered.


Which Lean Six Sigma Belt is Your Perfect Fit?

By Kate Rawdon

Lean Six Sigma is a well-established and revolutionary set of tools and principles that can lower costs and raise profits for almost any business. It uses a combination of statistical analysis, critical evaluation and positive overhauling of existing processes. The result of this tried and tested program is lasting change that can measurably transform an organization for the better. For anyone wanting to learn Six Sigma, there are three levels of training available - Yellow, Green and Black Belt.


Here’s a brief rundown of what each level of training covers, and who should enroll on each one:


Yellow Belt           


Yellow belt training is the first level of Six Sigma. It’s ideal for anyone in business who wants to get an overview and introduction to the highly effective principles of Six Sigma.


This training is extremely helpful for any employees in an organisation that is using Lean Six Sigma, for the following reasons:

  • It enables all staff to gain a full understanding of the thinking behind any changes to their work
  • It helps with staff morale by giving all interested employees an overview of the program being applied to their business
  • It gives employees the language and resources they need to be able to contribute to ongoing improvement


Green Belt


The more advanced Green Belt training is much more hands-on, and is for individuals or teams who will be playing a key part in improving the organization’s performance through Six Sigma principles.
Green Belt training provides:

  • Practical tools for improving performance from analysis right through to lasting change
  • The ability to apply Six Sigma principles to any business problem
  • A working knowledge of the vital and versatile DMAIC method for solving problems


Black Belt               


The most advanced training of all, the Black Belt Program is for managers and other high level employees who guide a business at a strategic level.
Anyone successfully completing the Black Belt Program can:

  • Save their company a significant amount of money
  • Move on to help other companies to do the same thing
  • Vastly increase their earning potential with their new skills


To set your organization - and your career path - on a steep upward trajectory, enroll on a Six Sigma program today.


5 Steps to Align Supply Chain with Corporate Strategy

By Rebecca Langdon

To set the scene, you have recently become CSCP accredited and you have just started a new role as a Supply Chain Manager for a retail/distribution firm inthe UAE. The organization has a very clear and well thought out corporate strategy, and they understand the importance of the supply chain to delivering on that strategy. Your job is to align the supply chain with the strategy. What do you do? These are our 5 steps for success:

Identify which areas of the corporate strategy are enabled by the supply chain

The corporate strategy will typically be vast in the functional areas it touches, it will also likely link to external forces which may be outside of the remit of the supply chain. The first task you have is to review the strategy and work out where you need to be aligned, and where you don’t. For example part of the strategy may be to reduce delivery times to customers; this is where you come in. However if part of the strategy is focussed on retaining good members of staff through internal management; you don’t need to be involved.

Measure supply chain performance in line with the corporate strategy

If the corporate strategy is to reduce delivery times by 20%, then you need to ensure that your metrics are aligned to that target. At this stage you will need to consider if the supply chain as currently designed can be optimized to offer the time savings. It may be that you will need to completely redesign the supply chain to meet the strategy. A good place to start is seeing what your competitors are doing and how they are performing.

Review the end to end supply chain

This is a holistic review of the supply chain to see if it is structured to meet strategic goals. For example the strategy last year may have been cost saving, but this year it is flexibility. The direction of the corporate strategy will drive a change in the design of the supply chain.

Incentivize the supply chain

Now that you understand the objective of the supply chain you need to incentivize the various organizations involved. In simple terms that means ensuring suppliers’ objectives are aligned with yours. This may be done via contract, service levels, monthly review, and/or balanced scorecards.

Don’t stop moving

By this I mean that once your supply chain is optimized and you are hopefully meeting the organizational strategy that is not the time to take a back seat. Corporate strategy is not static, so you need to keep plugged into directional changes and keep ensuring your supply change is still delivering.

In Summary

If an organization is going to delivery on its strategic goals, the supply chain will need to align to meet those objectives. This is the exciting part of being a Supply Chain Manager. For more information on the CSCP qualification, we have lots of information available on our website.