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25th Annual Quest for Excellence!

Register for the 25th annual Quest for Excellence conference celebrating 25 years of excellence!

The conference is being held April 7-10 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD and will showcase the best practices and lessons learned of the four 2012 Baldrige Award Recipients as well as past recipients.

Highlights include:

  • The 25th Anniversary Gala
  • Award Ceremony honoring the 2012 Recipients
  • Plenary sessions featuring the senior leaders of the 2012 recipients
  • A special international plenary session with Award recipients from around the world
  • Over 40 best practice sessions featuring Baldrige Award Recipients
  • A keynote address by Dr. Ben Carson, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins
  • Pre-conference workshops for both beginner and intermediate users of the Baldrige Criteria

Visit the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) conference website for more information and updates to the conference schedule.   Contact BPEP at (301) 975-2036 or baldrige@nist.gov with questions.

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GSQC Recognizes Boynton Middle School, Examiners and GSTEA Judges

On Wednesday August 15th, the New Hampshire Board of Education recognized Boynton Middle School (BMS) in New Ipswich on Wednesday for its Achievement of Excellence.  (See Photo: from left to right - Asst. Principal Chip Mercurio, Board of Education Chair Tom Raffio, SAU 87 interim Superintendent Dr. Betsey Cox-Buteau, and Principal Tom Starratt).  On Monday August 20th, the 25th anniversary of the Baldrige Program, the GSQC held a Recognition and Sharing Event to congratulate and learn from BMS as well as thank and recognize our volunteer examiners and judges who make our program possible.

The Achievement of Excellence is the highest level of recognition in the 2012 GSQC Awards and Recognition Program (see press release for details).   In an interactive presentation, BMS Principal Tom Starratt and Assistant Principal Chip Mercurio shared their student, staff, and stakeholder-centered approach to school improvement and why they chose to use the Baldrige Education Criteria to support this approach.

The GSQC Examiners and Team Excellence Award Judges who served in our Programs this year were also recognized at this event.  In the attached photos, GSQC Chair Tom Raffio recognizes

  • The GSQC Examiners (from left to right: Sarah Beckley, Debbie Krider, Cathy Frankel, Tom Raffio and Richard Tango-Lowy.  Also serving but unable to attend are: Ray Bouchard, David Harrison, and Larry Blachut)
  • The GSTEA Judges (from left to right: Mariann Murphy, Cathy Frankel, Tom Raffio, and Kevin Cooney.  Also serving but unable to attend are Beverly Parent, Bob Dufresne, and Chris McRae) 

We are truly grateful to all who participated in our Recognition and Awards Process this year.   Contact GSQC Executive Director Anne Warner to learn more about the benefits of becoming an applicant, examiner, or judge for the coming year which kicks off in September!

 

 Thank you to our sponsor Northast Delta Dental for hosting this event

Click here to see the BMS Recognition Announcement

2012 GSQC Examiners

Seminar: Excellence is a Journey, Not a Destination

04/20/2012 8:30 am
04/20/2012 1:00 pm

High performing organizations demonstrate a common set of core characteristics that provide a foundation for sustained excellence and success.   Excellence is a Journey, Not a Destination will provide participants with insight and practical advice on how to apply core characteristics such as visionary leadership, customer focus, innovation, and workforce engagement to create an advantage for their organization.  A keynote case study, facilitated self-assessment, and best practice coaching from a panel of New Hampshire industry leaders will support participants in defining next steps customized to their organization’s unique environment and needs.

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Baldrige Creates Great Value for Organizations and the U.S. Economy

In a recent study, CEO's using the Baldrige Criteria and other Baldrige Program resources reported more benefits than if they had used the best available alternatives to develop their performance excellence strategies.  See the attached document to learn more about this and other benefits of using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence such as:

1. Baldrige Award Winners create more jobs
2. Baldrige Hospitals save more lives and are stronger financially
3. Baldrige small businesses demonstrate increasing sales, profits, and market share
4. Baldrige manufacturers' revenues improved 48% annually, on average
5. Baldrige education organizations effectively improve reading and mathematics proficiency and graduation rates

 
To learn more about how to benefit by using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence contact GSQC Executive Director Anne Warner

 

Boynton Middle School Recieves Commendation from Gov. Lynch

On September 20th, State Board of Education Member Tom Raffio presented a Commendation to Boynton Middle School on behalf of Governor John Lynch.  The Commendation, in part, thanked the teachers, administrators, and students for all of their hard work in support of reducing the drop out rate and increasing the number of students going on to college.

Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, NH and part of the Mascenic School District is a 2011 GSQC Profile Recognition Recipient.  Principal Tom Starratt and his team have developed an outstanding presentation on their best practices.   You can contact Prinipal Starratt or the GSQC to learn more about scheduling this presentation for your group or organization.

Once again, Congratulations to the Boynton Middle School!!!

To learn more about Boynton Middle School's Profile Recognition, see the attached document.

 

 

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Granite State Team Excellence Awards

Does your Organization have  a High Performance Team that deserves recognition?

Would your Organization like feedback on its team processes and projects based on the best in the world?

Would you like to learn how to develop and support High Performance Teams?

Participant in the Granite State Team Excellence Award Process as an Applicant or a Judge!

The most successful companies, public sector agencies, and health care and education organizations have discovered how they can improve results through the formation and recognition of teams.  Private and public sector organizations are relaizing just how important work teams can be in terms of reducing costs, saving money, fostering innovation, and boosting bottom-line results.

The Granite State Team Excellence Awards program (GSTEA) is being established for the purpose of encouraging the formation of work teams, fostering their ability to perform systematic continuous process improvement, and formally recognizing organizations for their teams’ accomplishments.

This assessment process provides an opportunity to compare your team’s efforts toward project and process improvement with the best… and get the recognition you deserve! This assessment process also provides an opportunity for individuals to enhance, and be recognized for their ability to guide process teams by participating as Program Judges.

Key Dates:

Team Excellence Training: Wednesday, February 29th in Concord.   Cost: None Click here for more information

 

The GSTEA is based on the American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) and uses the same criteria.  See the attachments for more details on the process and how to apply.

2011 Baldrige Conferences Showcase Best Practices of Baldrige Recipients

The 2011 Baldrige Regional Conferences will showcase the best-in-class practices of the 2010 Baldrige Award Recipients as well as former recipients.
 
Attend one of these two conferences to hear how the recipients improved their performance and results in Leadership; Strategic Planning; Customer Focus; Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management; Workforce Focus; and Process Management.
 
September 13, 2011 Kansas City, MO
Westin Crown Center

September 27, 2011
Birmingham, AL
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa 

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Register Now: 2011 Examiner Training

09/21/2011 8:00 am
09/21/2011 4:00 pm

The GSQC's 2011 Examiner Training kicks off on Wednesday, September 21st with the first fill day session.   This will be followed by a two hour webinar session in October (date TBD) and conclude when we join our colleagues in Vermont for the final full day session on Tuesday, November 1st.  

Registration is now open - Click here to Register

See the attachment to this article for details or Contact us for more information.

Locations:

September 21st - Hosted by Northeast Delta Dental - Concord, NH

November 1st - Hosted by the VA Medical Center  - White River Junction, VT

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