PEN’s “Leading Excellence & Achievement Program” (LEAP) is a unique, invitation-only, one-year, cohort-based leadership development experience, centered on learning, benchmarking, and networking with other leaders on the journey to excellence. The foundation of the experience is based on the Baldrige Framework, though some participants may come from organizations just wanting to learn more about its use and value. There are many benefits of participation:
- Experience accelerated (and applied) leadership development, exploring how the principles of excellence have been implemented in a diverse set of organizations – businesses, healthcare, education, nonprofits, and public sector agencies.
- Learn insights and best practices from high-performing local and national organizations, many of which have received top Awards from PEN, Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, and the Baldrige Program.
- Explore how best practices in leadership, planning, customer focus, measurement, workforce engagement, and operational effectiveness can translate to your organization, helping you to address strategic challenges and/or improve organizational outcomes.
LEAP begins at the PENworks conference and concludes at the following year’s conference, with four full-day facilitated sessions in between, rotating among participants so that a site visit and tour are possible. Each module explores one or two Baldrige Categories and includes a discussion with a national Baldrige recipient. The LEAP experience also includes a capstone project, which offers participants the chance to explore how the concepts can be applied to a real challenge/opportunity within your organization; LEAP also includes one-on-one coaching in between sessions from one of the two cohort facilitators.
If you’re interested in learning more about this powerful experience, contact us so we can consider you in the design of the next cohort!