Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Four with Award

2023 MN Performance Excellence Awards Presented at igniteEX 2024 Conference ST. PAUL, Minn., April 19, 2024 – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) honors four recipients of the 2023 Minnesota Performance Excellence Award. The Award is based on the Baldrige Framework and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of an organization’s management and performance system. [...]

2024-04-21T11:53:09-05:00April 21, 2024|

Empower, Engage, Excel: Transforming Your Workplace Culture — May 2 PEN Webinar

In today’s dynamic work environment, actively engaging your workforce is essential for fostering a culture of growth, employee satisfaction, and unmatched productivity. The Performance Excellence Network — in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence and the Iowa Quality Center — is pleased to host an online webinar discussion on Thursday, May 2: “Empower, Engage, Excel: Transforming [...]

2024-04-01T14:11:42-05:00April 1, 2024|

“Best Practices in DEI” Series — Module 3: “Creating a More Inclusive, Equitable Work Environment” — May 8 Online PEN Workshop

This module is the third of six in an ongoing Best Practices in DEI Series.  Each are intended to be stand-alone, or you can participate in the full series.  Dates and topics of other modules listed below. Series Description Over the last couple of years, we’ve all be made aware (or powerfully reminded) of the [...]

2024-03-18T20:31:59-05:00March 18, 2024|

Reducing Stress, Improving Performance — April 4 PEN Webinar

A recent Gallup study reveals that U.S. workers are among the most stressed in the world: 83% of U.S. workers suffer from work-related stress. And it's impacting our work (stress costs businesses and the economy trillions of dollars in absenteeism, low productivity, and healthcare costs) and our health (stress contributes to 90% of all illness and disease). [...]

2024-03-19T10:54:00-05:00March 12, 2024|

Igniting the Future: 35 Insights to Excellence — Feb 2024

Indulge me for a second: after nearly 10 years with the “PENworks” label, our annual conference is now igniteEX. Why the change? “Ignite” captures the essence of the conference -- it’s about inspiring change; sparking ideas and innovation; improving processes, people, and outcomes! After hosting years of successful conferences, we've seen first-hand the energy and [...]

2024-02-29T08:45:48-06:00February 29, 2024|

Insights from igniteEX: A Prequel — March 7 PEN Webinar

In many ways, what's required for organizational excellence these days has changed: there are new work environments (such as hybrid), severe talent shortages, emerging technologies (like artificial intelligence).  But in other ways, nothing has changed: we still need to satisfy our customers; we still need to engage our teams; and we still need to improve [...]

2024-02-21T13:33:15-06:00February 21, 2024|

The Strategic Playground: Cultivating and Sustaining a Strategic Mindset — April 18 IN-PERSON Pre-Conference Workshop

The last several years have forced many (most?) organizations into reactive mode: with a constantly shifting environment, organizations are forced to adapt, respond, react.  But constantly reacting is inefficient: it doesn’t allow an organization to thoughtfully plan, deploy resources on more strategic opportunities, and it creates waste as well as stress for the workforce.  As [...]

2024-02-19T08:19:34-06:00February 17, 2024|

Excellence is About People! — April 18 IN-PERSON Pre-Conference Workshop

There are many things required for organizations to thrive: effective processes, good data and decision making, valuable products & services, a solid strategic plan.  But all of those things -- indeed, organizational excellence itself -- requires people! The Performance Excellence Network -- in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence and the Iowa Quality Center — is [...]

2024-02-18T10:18:56-06:00February 17, 2024|

Neuroscience-Powered Leadership — June 6 IN-PERSON WORKSHOP

Neuroscience-Powered Leadership: How Good Leaders Beat High Stress & Burnout “100% Very Satisfied” is the feedback from participants of this workshop hosted by PEN in November 2022. * How can leaders rely on science to mitigate stressors and prevent burnout? * Why do stressed employees become disengaged and unmotivated? * Why does relying on resilience and [...]

2024-02-17T10:47:34-06:00February 17, 2024|
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