The Principles of Excellence: Baldrige 101 & 201 Workshops

Leadership, talent and a clear vision for the future will get your organization moving in the right direction, however they aren’t enough to create a lasting competitive advantage. Only when accompanied by an integrated, systematic approach will they help you to identify areas of your strategy or operations that need improvement, in order to achieve your business goals. The answer that you’re looking for is here, near you, through our Baldrige Principles of Excellence series.

Since 1987, the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence has been helping organizations who aspire to become leaders in their industry to achieve world-class performance levels across any industry. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but aren’t sure how it could help your situation, or be applied in your industry. The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence is offering two “foundation” workshops this summer: Introduction to Performance Excellence: Baldrige 101 which will  introduce organizational leaders and interested individuals to the proven benefits of the Baldrige Framework and Criteria, and a companion workshop, Moving from Interest to Action: Baldrige 201 that will guide business leaders and individuals through preparation of an Organizational Profile/Challenger level application. Following the foundation sessions, organizations will be able to submit their Challenger application, and get a customized feedback report for use in their improvement journey – a fabulous value. Baldrige 101 will be held on June 23rd, and Baldrige 201 will be held on June 24th. Each workshop will be held in in Mequon and Eau Claire.

The cost for each full day is $325 for WCPE members ($650 for non-members). Discounts are available for teams of three or more from the same organization registering at the same time, as well as for individuals or groups who want to attend both workshops. One copy of the Baldrige Framework book ($25 value) is included with each registration, as are workshop materials and meals.

3 criteria booksThe Baldrige Framework provides a systems perspective for continuous improvement and advancing performance excellence. The Baldrige “Criteria for Performance Excellence” reflects the leading edge of validated management practice, against which any organization can measure itself to identify and prioritize improvement opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a Wisconsin Forward Award Examiner, new Examiners are strongly urged to take Baldrige 101 as a prerequisite.

WFA Seeks Examiners for Summer Review Cycle

Looking for an outstanding professional development opportunity for yourself or your employees?

The Wisconsin Forward Award program is seeking candidates for its Board of Examiners. Individuals from all sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including business, health care, education, manufacturing, not for profit, service, and government are encouraged to apply. Examiners review applications and provide feedback to Wisconsin organizations based on the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence. The Wisconsin Forward Award program provides training, leadership, and mentoring opportunities.

Examiner applications are due May 30, 2016. Application materials and a program timeline can be downloaded here. Interested individuals can also call Wisconsin Forward Award at (608) 663-5300 to request materials or further information.


Deadline Approaching to submit Intent to Apply forms for WFA Summer Cycle

If your organization is planning to submit a WFA application for our summer cycle, please remember to send us your completed intent to apply form no later than May 15, 2016 so we can verify organizational eligibility. Key dates and application forms are here.  The Intent to Apply forms and instructions are also here.
We are ALWAYS happy to answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us at (608) 663-5300 if we can assist.  Summer cycle narrative applications should be post marked by July 30, 2016.  We welcome Challenger and Fast Forward applications whenever you are ready.



WFA Examiner Applications Sought for 2016 Summer Cycle

The Wisconsin Forward Award program is seeking applicants for its 2016 summer Board of Examiners

Examiners are volunteer experts from business, government, education and other disciplines across Wisconsin who are experienced in performance management and quality assessment processes.  Examiners work in teams assigned to each application and conduct all phases of the evaluation.

All examiners take part in training to learn how to assess the companies and organizations that apply to the Wisconsin Forward Award program. They learn how to use the Baldrige Excellence Framework (which includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence), score applicant organizations, conduct the examination process, and prepare value-added feedback. Businesses and organizations also benefit when they have a Wisconsin Forward Award examiner on staff. Examiner training empowers employees to apply the Framework in their own organizations, improving processes and results along the way.
Examiner benefits include:
  • Training in the internationally acclaimed Baldrige Excellence Framework,
  • Networking and benchmarking opportunities,
  • Hands-on experience that will add tremendous value to your own organization,
  • A chance to contribute to Wisconsin’s economic well-being
  • Exposure to proven best practices in leadership, strategic planning, and more,
  • A “resume booster”
  • A complimentary ticket to our annual awards gala

More information on serving as an Examiner, including key dates and an online application form can be found here.

If you have questions or would like to talk with an Examiner, please contact us!

2015 WFA Gala Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2015 Wisconsin Forward Award Gala December 10th! Congratulations again to award recipients and examiners who were recognized!

Want to get a jumpstart on 2016?  Check out our upcoming Baldrige Framework Seminar with Dr. Mark Blazey January 26-27th!

2015 Wisconsin Forward Award Gala by Slidely Slideshow