Change Leadership Forum Features ASQ, Elevations Credit Union and Veridian Homes


Join us for an afternoon of insights and perspectives from three established leaders who use the Baldrige framework to guide their organizations.  Read more about Paul Borawski, David Simon and Pete Reicks: 2015 Change Leadership Forum Flyer
Reserve a seat for yourself and a few friends here.  Plan to stay for the 2015 Wisconsin Forward Award Gala Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Award recipients announced soon!



Spark Innovation with SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking)


Is innovation in your organization dependent on spontaneous breakthroughs…or is it systematic, planned and dependably ensuring your future success?


Join us December 14 and  15  for a special 1.5 day seminar that will bring together a group of organizations ready to innovate–and a proven approach to “spark” innovation facilitated by Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT for short), an Israeli-based consulting firm.  The folks at SIT believe that given the right tools, everyone can be a producer of transformational innovation.

This is the second time WCPE has brought SIT and the Spark Innovation Workshop to Wisconsin.  Here’s what 2014 workshop participants said:

“I believe this is a must-have toolset and a great way to
be innovative within the box. We put too much emphasis
in thinking out of the box that we take for granted what
is right in front of us. You can apply this to a product or
process and the a-ha moments never stop!”

“Excellent workshop to use tools readily available.
My take away was that these tools were like riding a
bike. Once I learned how to use them and their easy
vocabulary, I could go even years and would know how
to use them again. This is not easily found in other tools
and workshops on innovation or process improvement.”

For more information or to register,  click here.

Our Lunch and Learn Series Brings Baldrige to Life

You’ve heard about the Baldrige Excellence Framework. But how does it really apply to your every day? Here’s your opportunity to find out.  Dynamic facilitators Walter Jankowski and Brett Remington from Reinvention LLC will be at WCPE headquarters** on the third Wednesday of each month as we re-ignite our popular Lunch and Learn series.  You bring nourishment for your body.  We’ll provide the food for your brain.  Mark your calendar!  These lunch and learn sessions are free and open to the public, but we ask that your register so that we are ready to welcome you.  Click on the links below for session descriptions and registration information.  All sessions are held from noon – 1 pm at 2909 Landmark Place, Madison WI 53713. Signs will guide you to the meeting space.

October 21:  The 4 Key Measures Every Senior Leader MUST Know
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 1, 4, & 7
Session Handouts

November 18:  Excellence Begins with Excel:  Using Excel to Analyze and Present Customer Satisfaction Data.
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 3, 4, & 7
Register by November 13

December 16:  The Best of Lean:  Visual Tools for the Holidays
Aligns with Baldrige Category 6   (Wear your best holiday sweater)

Register by December 11

January 20:  Personal Productivity – Life Hacks!
Aligns with Baldrige Category 5

Register by January 16

February 17:  Customer Focus – Listening & Learning through Social Media:  Modern Approaches to Capturing the Voice of the Customer  
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 3, 4, & 6

Register by February 12

**2909 Landmark Place, Madison WI 53713

Unable to attend?  We plan to record and save these sessions as webinars. Get on our mailing list here.


Accelerate your performance excellence journey with a Wisconsin Fast Forward Application!

FastForward_logo_1cHow do we get started? We hear that question frequently at the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, and have developed a couple of “short form” applications in response.

For organizations that are new to a “systems” quality management approach, a Wisconsin Fast Forward application can be a valuable tool to launch a new era of performance and growth.

Wisconsin Fast Forward is the beginning-to-intermediate-level application that is focused on helping organizations tell their improvement story. With no page limits or strict formatting guidelines, the Fast Forward allows organizations to focus on what they are doing, along with key results.  Experienced examiners assess the application, and provide a written feedback report and post-feedback consultation.

Wisconsin Fast Forward applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.  Interested organizations submit an organizational profile and self assessment based on the basic and overall requirements of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  Fast Forward applicants are recognized at the annual awards gala to showcase their achievements.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward can also be a stepping stone for organizations aspiring to complete a full 50-page written Wisconsin Forward Award application. Many Fast Forward Applicants go on to achieve higher levels of Wisconsin Forward Award recognition in subsequent years. 

The application fee for the Wisconsin Fast Forward is $1,895 ($1,695 for WCPE members), which covers all aspects of your application with the exception of an optional executive briefing following receipt of your feedback report.

Click here to download a Fast Forward application and workbook.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Menzer at (608) 441-8206 or