Bending Granite:
30 Stories about Change
June 23rd Breakfast Discussion

Meet two of our favorite storytellers, Tom Mosgaller and Tim Hallock, as they share stories about compiling a book by 30+ authors from industry, government, education, healthcare, private and public companies, armed services, families, farms, and more. 

Each author is an agent of change, with the bruises and scars to prove it. On June 23rd, they will share their stories.

Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence— in partnership with the Performance Excellence Network — is pleased to host an online webinar discussion on Thursday, June 23: Bending Granite: 30 Stories about Change.

In their book, Bending Granite: Leading Change with Purpose, individual difference-makers share their passion for an organization they cared for deeply.   Through persistence and patience, they nudged change forward day by day, one improvement at a time — no big bang, no instant pudding, no quick fixes — only through the steady tap, tap, tap on their individual pieces of granite could they shape but not break the organizations they loved.
Tom and Tim will tell three key stories: how the book got written, its relevance to today’s gnarly problems, and the paradox of bending granite.  Without getting into the weeds of change science, but rather the practice of storytelling, Tom and Tim will read from the book, sharing some timeless stories and the lessons captured.  Lessons practiced thousands of years in the past and still being practiced and perfected today.
Tim and Tom will offer a light-hearted, fun morning of storytelling and discussion about change.  For those interested in more information about Tom and Tim and the book, go to

This session is Thursday, June 23 from 8:00-9:00 CT (optional networking and mingling 7:45-8:00) using Zoom MEETING. Grab your coffee and breakfast and join us for a rich discussion. Free for PEN/WCPE members; $20 for non-members. Several copies of the book will be given out to attendees.

Can’t make it live but interested in the content? Register anyway: all registered attendees get a link to the recording after the session!

About our facilitators

Tom Mosgaller originated the idea for this book. A lifelong community organizer, Tom guides people to take charge and address the inequities around them. He is a change agent by nature and a leader by nurture. He served as the City of Madison’s Director of Quality and Productivity and president of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Tim Hallock is a certified quality expert, trainer, and coach dedicated to unleashing the improvement talents of front-line employees. Tim is a performance excellence enthusiast who has supported the Baldrige National Quality Award program as an examiner, and Wisconsin Forward Award program as an applicant, examiner, instructor, and judge.

Identifying and Mitigating UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Best Practices in DEI” Series | Module 3 on JULY 19

Identifying and Mitigating Unconscious Bias is the focus on the second module in our DEI series. The online workshop is set for Tuesday July 19 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm CT.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve all be made aware (or powerfully reminded) of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our organizations and our communities. The imperative is clear: inclusion and racial equity optimizes organizational performance and societal outcomes — not only for people of color, but for everyone. But wanting to be more inclusive and actually being more inclusive are usually two very distinct conditions. The latter takes work: policy and system changes, education and discernment, intentionality and constant effort.

Session 3 is Tuesday July 19 from 9:00-1:00 CT and will focus on us as individuals and leaders -- understanding and managing the unconscious biases we all have -- adjusting our prejudices and becoming better allies and leaders.

Learn more about the faciiliators,and register for this powerful session by clicking here.

Plan now to submit your Wisconsin Forward Award Intent to Apply 

Does your organization do common things in an uncommon way? Do you feel your culture or processes are noteworthy and worth sharing with others? Are you yearning for feedback from external experts that could propel your organization to higher levels of success?

There has never been a BETTER time to use the Wisconsin Forward Award process to evaluate your organization against the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence. Start with our Challenger Profile (we'll help facilitate!) or with a Wisconsin Fast Forward application. When you are ready, we'd love to help you write a full application! Not keen on writing? We're looking for a couple of organizations who might be willing to pilot a survey-based application which would include links to key documents. Interested? Email us at info at

Looking to grow your professional skills? Considering serving as a Wisconsin Forward Award examiner. Contact us for dates and details!

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