Better organizations. Better results.
April 2019

WCPE is proud to partner with our friends at the Performance Excellence Network for  the region's largest, most powerful conference focused on continuous improvement and organizational excellence! 
PENworks 2019 Trailer
PENworks 2019 Trailer

This year's conference theme focuses on best practices for engaging and empowering people -- workers. customers, and partners--to achieve ever-improving results.

Do yourself and your organization a huge favor, and check out the conference lineup!  *Register at MEMBER PRICES and use the code repeat to get $50 off each registration.
New date, new format, new price!
June 13 hosted by Western Technical College, La Crosse

Experience Continuous Improvement with your team.  Define the gaps in your problem solving plans and identify how you plan to address them. Leave the workshop with an actionable plan focused on the RIGHT things to do. Harness the power of NOT jumping to solutions! Download a flyer .

Learn how to prioritize important work for great results!

We're pleased to partner with Wisconsin Forward Award Mastery recipient, Western Technical College and MiPro to bring this terrific learning opportunity back to Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Forward Award Summer Cycle Open

Intent to apply materials are due May 15 for organizations planning to submit a Wisconsin Forward Award application this summer.

If you are unsure which application pathway is best for your organization, visit our Pathways and Forms page, and check out key dates and deadlines  here.  Applicants should use the 2019-20 Baldrige Framework.

We are always eager to discuss application options and just in time training resources with you.  Email us or call the office at 608-663-5300. Summer applications must be postmarked by July 30, 2019.
Lean Leadership: Principles, Systems & Behaviors in Action
An executive leadership workshop 

If you were inspired by our recent 
Lean Leadership  webinar
,  invest in your professional leadership and attend  Lean Leadership: Principles, Systems & Behaviors in Action a two-day workshop at the Pyle Center on the UW Madison campus May 22-23, 2019.  Click for additional workshop and registration information.

This 2-day interactive workshop will provide participants with the systems and tools to implement the 10 Lean leadership principles for operational excellence. Participants will learn each principle and how to bring them to life with practical systems and tools.

The instructor will introduce each Lean system with real life examples, how-to guides, and behavioral assessment tools. Participants will start developing skills through hands-on applications. Lean systems taught during the workshop will include the daily engagement system, strategy deployment, A3 thinking, Leader standard work and improvement/coaching Kata.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will use their new Lean leadership knowledge to create their personal improvement A3 and to plan their next steps to act their way into a new way of thinking.

Didier Rabino has 25 years of Lean experience and provides Sensei services guiding the Lean transformation of major organizations in addition to facilitation of continuous improvement training events.
Previously, Didier spent 8 years at Andersen Corporation as plant manager in Menomonie, WI and as the leader of the Lean Promotion Office to develop and deploy the Andersen Manufacturing System (AMS.) Didier also worked 13 years at Steelcase in England, France and Michigan. He held several leadership positions in operations, R&D and logistics. He is one of the architects of the Steelcase Production System (SPS.) Over the past 25 years, Didier has been leading and supporting lean transformations and new process implementations in manufacturing and healthcare organizations, including with his consulting company, Lean Management Systems.

StraightForward Podcast Episode 3: Voices of Examiners

Get your earbuds on and listen to the third installment of our occasional podcast.
Episode 3 - Voice of the Examiners
Episode 3 - Voice of the Examiners
The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence launched a popular podcast this year called StraightForward.  In our third episode, Voices of Examiners, Tim Hallock  talks with Wisconsin Forward Examiners about why they engage with the Baldrige Framework and the WFA program.  

If the podcast motivates you to learn more, visit our Examiner Resources page for application information and key dates for our upcoming summer cycle.  Applications are accepted through June 15, 2019.  Our Board of Examiners can NEVER be too big!

Learn more about how Baldrige can help your district, company or enterprise improve, accelerate, and sustain true levels of performance excellence.  

Are you wondering if the Baldrige Framework could work in your organization? Has it been a few years since your last application, and your organization needs of a refresh? Do you want to delight your customers, engage your workforce and optimize performance? Are you a new examiner seeking to better understand the Baldrige Framework? Our one-day workshop is just the ticket.

This powerful one-day workshop is a terrific introduction to using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Facilitator  Dawn Garcia   will help participants understand how to apply the Baldrige Framework principles in a practical, easy to understand fashion. Participants will leave ready to complete a  Wisconsin Forward Award Challenger application .

The Principles of Performance Excellence: Baldrige 101 workshops are held each quarter around Wisconsin. Register for the workshop on July 18 in River Falls. The final  2019 workshop will be held  October 30 in the Pewaukee area. If your organization is interested in hosting this session, please contact us. Custom workshops at your site are available upon request.

Get notified of the dates and locations of upcoming workshops. 

Setting the Example at the Top
Designing a Custom Leadership System

Leading a successful journey to excellence requires leaders at all levels set the example, and it begins at the top. Setting the example at the top starts by designing and deploying a systematic approach to leadership. In this session, you will learn how to create a custom leadership system to fit your unique organizational context and approach to leadership. 

Dr. John Latham is an Organization Architect and Founder of the Organization Design Studio™ a Digital Learning Center and Applications Lab that helps leaders lear
n how to design and build organizations that produce sustainable value for multiple stakeholders. His experiences have ranged from his first adult job with the U.S. Air Force to Vice President for a $1.3 billion  in vitro  diagnostics manufacturer to Director of the Monfort Institute at the University of Northern Colorado to an international consultant on leadership and design for sustainable excellence.  He is the author of award-winning journal articles and the book - [Re]Create the Organization You Really Want! - Leadership and Organization Design for Sustainable Excellence.

Our Tuesday webinar series is always free, and preregistration is requested.

The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, in partnership with our friends at MiPRO, features a complimentary webinar on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11 - noon central. Webinars will feature performance excellence experts and practitioners from various sectors who will share insights to help you and your organization get better, faster. 
Past webinars are  archived here.
Invest in the mission of the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.  To learn more, click  here.    WCPE is a 501c3 non profit organization. Your membership support expands our mission.
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