Baldrige – How Familiar Are You?

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 13, 2019 1:30:52 PM

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2015_2016_Bus_NP_OverviewSure, you hear us talk about Baldrige and the Excellence Framework, but what is Baldrige?

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is a set of tools that organizations of all sizes in manufacturing, healthcare, government, non-profit, education and small business can use to gain an advantage over their competition. Focused on driving growth and sustainability by improving your organization’s performance, the Baldrige Excellence Framework includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence, core values and concepts, and guidelines for evaluating your processes and results. Organizations succeed with Baldrige because the Excellence Framework looks at the big picture from different perspectives:

  • Business ecosystem
  • Organizational culture
  • Supply networks
  • Strengthening cybersecurity
  • Making the Criteria more accessible for you, the end user

IMEC uses the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a tool to help client organizations create competitive futures, by focusing on results in leadership, strategy, operations, customers, workforce, technology, and measurements and results. By applying methods and approaches from the Baldrige toolkit, the organizations we work with achieve great impacts and make strides in their journey to excellence. As such, the IMEC Recognition Program (Baldrige-based program serving Illinois) recognizes those organizations through awards and celebrations.

IMEC is hosting 2 Pre-Conference Sessions leading up to the IMEC Conference on Enterprise Excellence, presented by ACHE, to familiarize you with Baldrige.

The morning session, Get Acquainted with Baldrige, will give you an overview of the Baldrige Excellence Framework. You will get clarity on what Baldrige is and is not, and why other organizations are using it to achieve organizational improvements. If you are interested in understanding how the Baldrige Excellence Framework can help you on your continuous improvement journey, this session is for you.

The afternoon session, Tell Your Story: Writing an Award for Excellence Application, is focused on putting the Baldrige Framework to use for your organization. Spend the afternoon learning the Award for Excellence application process, while getting tips and examples on how to get the most out of your application. You’ll leave with an understanding of the key points of the criteria in relationship to your organization, as well as the Award for Excellence levels of recognition.

Learn more and register here:

Pre-Conference Sessions | Focus on the Baldrige Excellence Framework
March 26 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Naperville, IL

Questions about this event? Contact Emily Lee at 309.677.4633 or email

Simone Erskine

Written by Simone Erskine

Topics: baldrige, enterprise excellence, performance excellence

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