By Christine Schaefer
Do you remember reading here a few years ago about the manufacturing company that, drawing on the Baldrige Excellence Framework, initiated a strategy to engage senior leaders of competitor companies to share ideas and benchmark performance so they could all improve? As executives of more than 18 defense contractors of the U.S. Department of Defense got involved, their collaboration helped improve the entire supply chain for the U.S. military.
Did you know about the medical school professor’s proposed framework to better address U.S. population health today using a systems approach? Her Baldrige-based framework would “drive a strategic outcomes-oriented, rather than action-oriented, approach by creating an evidence-based, national reporting dashboard,” she stated.
What about the university administrator who—with the ultimate aim of improving the value of current and future college degrees—focused on aligning students’ learning in and outside classes on campus to workforce development needs identified by potential employers? He worked with faculty members to create a scorecard to evaluate the curriculum and map all curricular activities and co-curricular experiences to seven institutional learning outcomes; that work led to nearly 500 changes in the curriculum in just one year.
Below you can find links to those stories on BLOGRIGE: the Official Baldrige Blog, as well as more interview-based blogs on the ground-breaking work of Baldrige Executive Fellows. Listed in order of publication date, the following blogs describe merely a sampling of the innovative ideas put into action by leaders from a variety of sectors who have participated in the annual Baldrige Fellows program.
As you can see, since the inception in 2010 of the prestigious, yearlong leadership program, Baldrige Executive Fellows have been effectively using their cross-sector learning from each other as well as leaders of the role-model organizations they visit to improve and innovate the organizations that employ them in wide-ranging states and sectors of the U.S. economy.