Category Archives: Operations Focus

Want to Improve Education? Why Process Management Matters

By Christine Schaefer Since Pewaukee School District in Wisconsin earned a Baldrige Award in 2013, its superintendent, JoAnn Sternke, has often conveyed the benefits of the Baldrige Excellence Framework for U.S. education organizations. Through her presentations at best-practice-sharing conferences and … Continue reading

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It Started Out About an Award, It Ended Up About Operational Improvement

Posted by Dawn Marie Bailey Throughout the almost 30-year history of the Baldrige Award, high-achieving organizations that might already be tops in their industries have been attracted to the idea of winning this highest, national, Presidential award for organizational performance … Continue reading

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The Emergent Organization, Strategy, and Innovation

Posted by Harry Hertz, the Baldrige Cheermudgeon According to Beth Comstock, we are in an emergent era, characterized by a constant state of evolution, in which complexity can arise from simplicity and order emerge from chaos. As Vice Chair of … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs in an Evolution of Excellence

Posted by Dawn Marie Bailey According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, an evolution is a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state. Here’s a story of an organizational evolution that includes … Continue reading

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Cascading Goals for Better Outcomes

Posted by Dawn Marie Bailey Most organizations have goals. And people who work there have goals, too. But the magic, experts say, is when organizational goals align with department goals that are in alignment with the workforce’s goals. Such goal … Continue reading

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