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Seven U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2010 Baldrige National Quality Award

 Three Small Businesses Chosen for the First Time in a Single Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced that seven organizations are recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. This marks the first year that three small businesses have been selected at one time and only the second instance in the award's 23-year history that a total of seven organizations are being honored.

The 2010 Baldrige Award recipients—listed with their category—are:

These seven organizations will present their best practices and lessons learned at the 23rd annual Quest for Excellence in early April.  The GSQC will hold its annual overview of the best practices of these organziations in late April or early May as part of its 2011 Learning and Sharing series.

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Baldrige Name Change Reflects Evolution of Award and Program

The Baldrige National Quality Program has announced that it has changed its name to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program to more accurately reflect what the program reflects and does.

Mission Driven HR that Achieves Performance Excellence

10/07/2010 5:30 pm
10/07/2010 8:00 pm
ASQ Granite State Section October Meeting features Jeff Allar, Vice President of Human Resources at Stonyfield Farm discussing Mission Driven HR that Achieves Performance Excellence.
Abstract: 
Aside from its natural and organic dairy products, Stonyfield Farm is known for doing well by doing good.  Jeff Allar, Vice President of Human Resources will share how the company continues to show how being mission driven leads to superior performance.  This commitment has made Stonyfield Farm one of NH's most respected employers.

Location:  The Yard Restaurant, Manchester NH

Cost: $25/person for dinner (no charge for attending presentation only)

To Register: e-mail asq104@gmail.com or contact Pam Slingsby at 603-303-3779

Managing Innovation

I recently read an article in Quality Digest related to innovation. It caught my attention because innovation is another one of those often used terms that has many meanings (like "quality"). The article's key point was that innovation is crucial to every team and organization and it is the “Bosses" responsibility to kill off all bad ideas as well as most of the good ideas that are proposed as innovations.
We may think of innovation as coming from some "light bulb" or "eureka" moment; however innovation must be cultivated and managed to produce beneficial results. Not all good innovative ideas can be implemented - ideas need a lot of attention, time, and resources to be fully developed. The question that the article didn't fully explore is how to successfully "prune" from the good ideas to cultivate the critical few while avoiding negative dynamics due to good and "pet" ideas being cut in favor of others.   
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Become a GSQC Awards Program Examiner - Register Now!

GSQC Examiner Training kicks off on Friday October 1, 2010.    We will continue our successful collaboration with the Vermont Council for Quality to provide New Hampshire and Vermont participants the opportunity to meet, network, and learn from each other.  This training is part of the GSQC's Baldrige-based Awards and Recognition Program but can be taken independently as a way to improve your organization or enhance your career.  Click here for the schedule, cost, and other details.

GSQC 2011 Awards and Recognition Program - Apply for Recognition and Feedback

The 2011 GSQC Awards and Recognition Program kicks off in September. There is still time for your organization to submit an application for feedback and recognition at one of our award levels. See the attached file for an overview of the recognition levels or contact the GSQC to discuss which level will provide the most value to your organization.

GSQC September Board Meeting

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09/13/2010 6:00 pm
09/13/2010 7:30 pm

GSQC Board Meeting

07/12/2010 6:00 pm
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Northeast Delta Dental, Concord NH

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