Baldrige Wants YOU: Benefit from a Top 10 U.S. Leadership Development Program

Posted by Christine Schaefer

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program now ranks number eight among the best leadership development programs offered by U.S. government and military organizations, according to the latest annual list announced by Leadership Excellence magazine. Here are the top 10 such programs in 2012:

1. Defense Acquisition University
2. U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School
3. USAF Academy
4. FAA
5. U.S. Naval Academy
6. U.S. Military Academy West Point/LD
7. FBI Academy
8. NIST/Baldrige Performance Excellence
9. Chesterfield County, VA
10. U.S. Coast Guard Academy

This news coincides with two fresh opportunities for YOU to apply to benefit from Baldrige leadership development offerings next year:

(1) the recent opening of the 2013 Baldrige Examiner Application (closing January 10): the Baldrige Program seeks a diverse group with expertise in the business (manufacturing, service, and small business), nonprofit, health care, and education sectors to participate in evaluations of applicant organizations for the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Those selected in early 2013 to become examiners receive free training in a three or four-day course that prepares them to serve on teams for the Independent Review, Consensus Review, and (potential) Site Visit Review phases of the annual award cycle. The peer learning model of Baldrige examiner training enables you to compare and learn about experiences and best practices of organizations in several sectors and implement your learning in your own organization. Experienced examiners who serve as classroom training facilitators ensure the success of this unique training model. And the Baldrige Program heartily thanks them for their role in sustaining the training program’s strong reputation and results!

(2) the current call for applicants for the 2013 Baldrige Executive Fellows Program (to be selected in January): this peer learning program for current or aspiring C-level executives provides a series of in-depth sessions on organizational and personal performance excellence with leaders of Baldrige Award-winning organizations. High-performing organizations that will help train the next class of Baldrige Executive Fellows by hosting sessions with senior leaders will include Cargill, Inc., the parent company of two Baldrige Award-winning organizations (Cargill Corn Milling and Cargill Kitchen Solutions); Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a 2010 Baldrige Award recipient; and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, a two-time Baldrige Award recipient that is number five on the 2012 Leadership Excellence (LE) list for best leadership development programs of large organizations.

The Baldrige Program has ranked high among 1,000 leadership development programs examined each year (and 500 to 600 chosen for recognition) by Leadership Excellence magazine for several years in a row. As I wrote earlier this year, the Baldrige Program ranked number 11 in 2011 in the government/military category and also ranked among the top 10 in the same category in both of the previous two years. To update the list each year, Leadership Excellence magazine uses survey responses, interviews, and site visits to evaluate leadership development programs, ranking them based on seven criteria: vision/mission, involvement/participation, accountability/measurement, design/content/curriculum, presenters/presentations/delivery, take-home value, and outreach.

Now is your chance to benefit from a national top 10 leadership development program: apply to become a 2013 Baldrige examiner or a 2013 Baldrige executive fellow by visiting the program’s Web site before the applications close for another year (direct links above). And don’t forget that, while you may personally benefit from Baldrige leadership development, your Baldrige learning can benefit the nation as a whole as you join the ranks of those helping to improve the competitiveness and performance excellence of U.S. organizations.



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