July 19 – Baldrige Goes to School with JoAnn Sternke, Pewaukee School District

Is your school system doing really good work — yet it doesn’t seem like you are maximizing your potential? Do you struggle with process? Does your current measurement system give you theinformation you and your staff need to elevate student achievement? Are you curious about Baldrige and wondering how it might work in your school or district?

Join us July 19, 2016 at Pewaukee High School for a highly interactive day led by JoAnn Sternke and the Pewaukee School District team.  Details and registration information can be found here.  The workshop offers two tracks:  one for districts new to the Baldrige framework, and the other for districts with some understanding of Baldrige basics.

Please share the informational flyer with your favorite school district and urge them to learn more about the impact of Baldrige, and accelerate their performance.


Deadline Approaching to Register for The Principles of Excellence: Baldrige 101 & 201 Workshops June 23-24

The Baldrige Principles of Excellence series has helped many organizations and individuals overcome a variety of challenges with its sustained, integrated model. If you’d like to achieve results and help your organization move forward, it’s time to register for one of our upcoming workshops on June 23 and 24.

If you’re undecided, please take a moment to watch this brief video from Dawn Garcia, owner and Principal of Pursuit of Excellence LLC, as she offers a unique perspective on the personal and professional results that can be achieved in this series of workshops. Garcia is the Baldrige Principles of Excellence host for the Eau Claire (Chippewa Valley Technical College) sessions, and her independent consulting agency specializes in helping general business and healthcare clients advance on the excellence journey.

Video: Perspective on the Baldrige Workshops, by Dawn Garcia

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.  Download an informational flyer, and share with your colleagues.

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.