Leadership, Reflection, and Change Workshop – May 6

People and organizations are stretched to the very edge of their capacity where many things can seem stalled out: our ability to cope, to lead change, to decide whether to leave or stay. What provides hope in such a challenging time?

Join us to hear Dan Oestreich, leadership consultant, coach, trainer, and facilitator, share transitional methods toward a bright future.

For more information, click here.

Hone your application writing skills at our new A-D-L-I workshop {March 27}

We’re excited to bring veteran Baldrige experts Roy Bauer and Dr. Julie Furst- Bowe to Madison to facilitate a new half-day workshop will address the “A-D-L-I” Concept of writing and scoring the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence for state or national quality award applications. Organizations writing a Fast Forward application or their first 50-page narrative application will find this workshop of high value.

ADLI is an acronym for “Approach,” “Deployment,” “Learning,” and “Integration.”  WFA and Baldrige examiners use these four factors in evaluating and scoring Process Categories 1 through 6. The workshop will explore how A-D-L-I applies to each category; how examiners consider and analyze each factor for scoring in each category and how A-D-L-I fits into the Organizational Profile and Results sections. The workshop will be structured with presentation and group discussion, use of examples to demonstrate application, and exercises to reinforce the concepts and the examples. Examples and reference materials will also be distributed to participants, including a copy of the new Baldrige Excellence Builder, and a copy of the 2015-16 Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Julie Furst BoweRoy Bauer

The workshop will be delivered by two experts who have authored multiple Baldrige Award winning applications and served as examiners and judges’ for Wisconsin Forward Award and the national Baldrige program. Roy Bauer served as a lead judge for the Malcom Baldrige National Awards Program and Julie Furst-Bowe currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Program.

To register for this half day workshop, click here


2014 Wisconsin Forward Award Recipients Announced

WFAlogoWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Wisconsin Forward Award recipients who will be honored at a ceremony and reception at the Monona Terrace Conference and Convention Center in Madison on the evening of December 10, 2014.

Four organizations are accepting public recognition for their participation in the 2014 Award program. These recipient organizations represent a combined workforce of thousands of employees and volunteers.

The American Society for Quality, Inc (ASQ) and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will be recognized at the Excellence level – the highest level of achievement possible under the Wisconsin Forward Award.  Excellence recipients demonstrate refined approaches, good-to-excellent results, and are considered industry leaders and role models for others.

American Society for Quality, Inc  is a not-for-profit membership organization and is the world’s leading community of people passionate about quality. ASQ creates better workplaces and communities worldwide by advancing learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve results. ASQ has 203 employees with 176 working at its world headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, and 27 working in the China, India, and Mexico National Service Centers (NSCs). As a champion of the quality movement, ASQ product offerings include concepts, technologies, and tools for everyone interested in learning to improve themselves and their world.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, is one of 13 hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).  SJCP operates a 193-bed community hospital, and also provides outpatient, residential and in-home services in a variety of locations which allows the organization to meet the service needs of the communities it services across the care continuum.  SJCP three core competencies–Servant Leadership, community partnership and a passion for mission-driven services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable–are leveraged by its 550 colleagues, 135 physician members of its medical staff and hundreds of volunteers. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is guided by an appreciation of its history, a sense of responsibility to meet community healthcare needs today, and a vision to maintain service excellence in the future.

Organizations receiving  Proficiency recognition in 2014 include:

  • Crossing Rivers HealthPrairie du Chien, is non-profit 25 bed Critical Access Hospital established in 1957 that employs more than 330 healthcare professionals. CRH provides more than 60 services to fulfill the healthcare needs of communities in across Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa, including medical, surgical, obstetrics, outpatient, rehabilitation and emergency services. CRH demonstrates the true meaning of service excellence as it strives to deliver high quality, personalized healthcare and education.
  • Holy Family Memorial, Inc. is the recognized leader and the largest provider of health care services in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  The HFM network, with more than 1,200 health care professionals, including 80 providers, is committed to providing each patient and their families with the highest level of personal care, respect, and attention to enhance his or her quality of life, including personalized spiritual care. Network services include an inpatient and outpatient medical center, Walk-In Care, more than 14 clinics, retail pharmacy, a home medical supply retail store, a medically-based wellness center, and a state-of-the-art rehab facility.

Click here for more information about the annual  awards event, or to register to attend the Gala.

Wisconsin Forward Award, Inc. was created in 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment. The award promotes excellence in organizational management, recognizes the achievements and results of Wisconsin organizations implementing performance excellence systems, and publicizes successful performance excellence management strategies.

All types and sizes of Wisconsin organizations are eligible to apply, including manufacturers, service companies, small businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, and non-profit organizations, including trade and professional associations, government entities, and charities.

WFA is a public/private partnership modeled after the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. Visit www.wisquality.org to learn more.

2015 Wisconsin Forward Award Application Process Opens

Application materials are now available for the 2015 Wisconsin Forward Award (WFA) program.

Preliminary winter cycle intent-to-apply forms to verify eligibility are due November 15, 2014, with final applications due January 30, 2015. All application materials can be  found here. Interested applicant organizations can also call Wisconsin Forward Award at (608) 663-5300 to request materials or further information.

Applications are also being accepted for the Wisconsin Forward Award Board of Examiners through November 30, 2014. The organization seeks candidates from all sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including business, healthcare, education, and manufacturing, not for profit, service, and government. Examiners review applications and provide feedback to Wisconsin organizations based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Wisconsin Forward program provides training and mentoring opportunities. Application materials and training dates could be found here.

Administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, the WFA application process is open to all Wisconsin business, manufacturing and service organizations, as well public and private education (PK -12 through higher ed), health care, non-profit and government entities. Organizations of any size are encouraged to apply.

Based on the internally recognized Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, WFA recognizes organizations at four levels of performance quality, with the Forward Award of Excellence representing the highest level of achievement. Additional recognition includes the Mastery, Proficiency, and Commitment awards.

Founded 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, the Wisconsin Forward Award program was created to promote significant achievements in continuous improvement and performance excellence—business practices that ensure the economic vitality of Wisconsin organizations and the communities they serve.