One of the biggest challenges in the Continuous Improvement arena right now is the lack of Facilitation and Leadership skills of CI professionals. This is a challenging problem on many levels. I for one am concerned about the number of poorly qualified people hanging the Continuous Improvement Leader “shingle” on the wall, and frankly, most HR departments dont have a clue on how to tell a good candidate from a bad one. Becoming a highly effective Process Improvement professional takes a lot of experience, knowledge, and leadership ability.Employers are interviewing and hiring from the large pool of “CI professionals”. The problem is that many people have the technical knowledge of CI or Lean Six Sigma to do well at making it through the interview process. They may have a Lean Certificate, or they are a Six Sigma Black Belt. They answer the technical questions, talk the CI talk…Kaizen, Process mapping, Metrics… However, employers are finding out the hard way that there is a key missing link in some of these candidates…The ability to lead and facilitate.