The Big Fix


Prior to my retirement, my company adopted a program called Six Sigma which was designed to improve manufacturing and business processes by eliminating defects.  It is a rather complex system incorporating mathematics and in depth analysis.  As such, specialized training was required and the resulting “experts” were dubbed “black belts”, no doubt derived from the top level one can attain in the martial arts.  Their job was to find defects and fix them.  As the program progressed, the training was increased to involve most levels of management who often became “green belts.  Soon, there were black and green belts everywhere, looking at everything from manufacturing to distribution, to sales.  No one was immune to having a black belt sitting in their office.

I bring this up because a recently saw a story that brought a smile to my lips and reminded me of these very serious men and women that sought to bring excellence…

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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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