The Quote Approach to Gratitude

by Jacqueline Calhoun

In good writing, quotes help convey a message to the reader and emphasize the important points. Used effectively, quotes can even enlighten the author’s perspective on a topic.

Some of the best thoughts and statements of our time have come packaged as a quote. Whether quotes are funny, serious, inspirational, or full of wisdom, they are meant to convey some special message. I will limit the use of quotes in this blog, but I need this to be an effective message.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.—John F. Kennedy

As I look back at the 25th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference®, actually, “thank you” does not seem to contain enough words to express the gratitude of the Baldrige Program for its sponsors. They made the conference successful for the Baldrige Program and community, and they made connections with organizations from all sectors of the economy who have or are interested in adopting the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and in learning and improving.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.    —Albert Schweitzer

We are now getting ready to kick off the 2014 sponsorship program that will help to support the 26th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference, which will be held April 7–9, 2014, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

For 2014, sponsorship packages also will help provide support for Baldrige examiner training and outreach.  Individuals or organizations can take advantage of sponsorship opportunities because they are designed to fit a complete range of budgets.

Sponsorship packages offer many benefits, including prominent recognition and acknowledgement at the Quest conference; recognition on the Baldrige Web site; and, depending on the sponsorship level, exclusive post-attendee e-mail lists, complimentary Quest conference registrations, and the opportunity to send employees to a four-day Baldrige Examiner Experience Training.

We want to thank our 2014 supporters in advance for their generosity. . . . We definitely cannot do it without you!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.Alfred North Whitehead

The 2014 sponsorship program is underway. Please visit our Web site for the full details.

We hope you become a sponsor!




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