Advancing Performance Excellence: Baldrige 201 — Nov 14 & 17 Online Workshop

The Performance Excellence Network — in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence — is pleased to announce a powerful workshop: Advancing Performance Excellence: Baldrige 201, November 14 & 17 -- both 8:00AM to 12:00PM both online. Baldrige 201 builds off of Baldrige 101 (Principles of Performance Excellence (which is offered many times a year, [...]

2023-09-18T07:16:47-05:00September 18, 2023|

Excellence is About People, Part 1: Engaging & Empowering your Team — PEN Mar 2019

Nothing great is ever achieved without people.  Think about it: organizations can only achieve with highly effective people running them; communities and nations can only achieve without highly engaged citizens and highly effective leaders setting a course for the future; projects, initiatives, task forces, scientific breakthroughs, inventions, and even sporting achievements are all the result [...]

2019-03-20T21:55:45-05:00March 20, 2019|

The Path to Excellence: The Real Value of Baldrige — PEN Feb 2019

In the wake of the last “Great Recession” in the 1980s (though we didn’t call it that back then), America was in economic trouble.  The country suffered a two-phase recession in 1980-82 – one that left unemployment high and interest rates even higher (recall credit cards and mortgages well beyond 20%!).  The economic challenges were [...]

2019-02-28T14:13:34-06:00February 28, 2019|

Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-Inflicted — PEN Sept 2018

What do the American mastodon, Woolly mammoth, and Arizona jaguar all have in common?  Here’s a hint: they all suffered similar fates to Hostess Brands, Circuit City, and Blockbuster.  Yes, they all went away.  Extinction.  Vanished.  Disappeared.  But I think the companies could all take a lesson from the animals that died before them: organizations [...]

2018-09-24T21:07:31-05:00September 24, 2018|

Governor Recognizes SDDOT for Continuous Improvement, Performance Excellence

July 16, 2018   For Immediate Release PEN Contact: Brian Lassiter, President Performance Excellence Network 612-868-3519   SDDOT Contact: Kristi Sandal South Dakota Department of Transportation 605-295-0150 SDDOT Receives Recognition for Continuous Improvement 2017 Performance Excellence Award Presented by Governor Daugaard   PIERRE, SD, July 16, 2018 – At a celebration hosted by [...]

2018-07-17T15:35:34-05:00July 17, 2018|

Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Three Organizations

May 7, 2018   For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Lassiter, President Performance Excellence Network 612-868-3519 Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Three Organizations 2017 Performance Excellence Awards Presented at PENworks 2018 Conference   ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7, 2018 – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, today honors three recipients of [...]

2018-07-17T15:32:01-05:00July 17, 2018|

Excellence is a Choice: 44 Insights on Positivity, Optimism & Improvement – PEN June 2018

Quick show of hands: who is stressed?  Maybe not right this second, but sometime the last few days or weeks?  Any stress out there?  I’m not sure anyone is actually raising their hand at their desks, but metaphorically, for those of you who didn’t, you’re probably lying because the data show we’re all pretty stressed [...]

2018-06-24T19:12:34-05:00June 24, 2018|

The Secret Sauce of Leadership: 9 Traits that All Good Leaders Have

Leadership matters.  It’s what separates the good organizations from the bad and the great organizations from the good.  Good leadership is critical for optimizing resources, maximizing employee engagement, aligning organizational activities, and achieving and sustaining high performance.  In fact, research shows that leadership is the number one driver of superior organizational outcomes.  Or, said another [...]

2016-05-26T14:10:02-05:00May 26, 2016|

Sept 2014 Newsletter

Last week, the NFL completed what might be the worst week in its history. But before I get into it, let me first state this column is not about Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson; it is not about the NFL or sports of any kind; and it is not about morality (though I'll admit morality has an important role here). It's about effective leadership and ethical decision making during times of crisis, two concepts that are critical for ANY organization - and two concepts the NFL blew badly...

2014-09-29T15:14:55-05:00September 29, 2014|
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