PEN Announces Sponsorship Levels for PENworks 2013

Your organization’s name and image will gain invaluable exposure to some of the Midwest’s top quality driven organizations when you sponsor PENworks 2013. This year’s event is projected to attract more than 400 leaders from all sectors—businesses, healthcare, nonprofit and government, and education.  Join an already select group of sponsors to receive variety of benefits, […]

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Save the Date for PENworks 2013!

2013 PEN Best Practice Conference May 14-15—Hold the Date! Register and Learn More Here January 2013 The Performance Excellence Network is pleased to announce the date of our 2013 best practice conference and Performance Excellence Award celebration: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (with pre-conference workshops Tuesday, May 14).  The full-day event will include the following: keynote […]

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Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-Inflicted

Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-InflictedNetwork News and Events Network Events The Principles of Performance Excellence Other Network Events Upcoming Partner Events Other Partner Events   1.  Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-Inflicted What do the American mastodon, Woolly mammoth, and Arizona jaguar all have in common? Here’s a hint: they […]

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Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-Inflicted

What do the American mastodon, Woolly mammoth, and Arizona jaguar all have in common? Here’s a hint: they all suffered similar fates to Hostess Brands, Circuit City, and Blockbuster. Yes, they all went away. Extinction. Vanished. Disappeared. But I think the companies could all take a lesson from the animals that died before them: organizations […]

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Insights into Effective Leadership

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis “You don’t need a title to be a leader.” – Anon Over the years, there has been much written on what it takes to be an effective leader. We’ve learned that leadership is an art as well as a science – it’s learned, […]

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2013-14 Baldrige Criteria Released

2013-14 Criteria for Performance Excellence Released—Validated Best Practices to Improve Your Organization December, 2012 For 25 years, the Baldrige Criteria have empowered organizations—no matter their size, sector, or industry—to reach their goals, improve results, and become more competitive. The 2013–2014 Criteria build on this tradition and feature a renewed focus on:  innovation management, intelligent risk, […]

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Insights into Effective Leadership

1. A Message from the President: Insights into Effective Leadership 2. The Principles of Performance Excellence: Baldrige 101 Workshop — Twin Cities 2/19 or 2/20 3. 2013 PEN Best Practice Conference May 14-15 — Hold the Date! 4. Proven Ways to Enhance Strategic Thinking — Twin Cities Workshop 1/22 5. More than a Quick Fix: […]

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Improving How Organizations Improve

A study conducted by Industry Week a few years ago indicated that 74% of companies are not making good progress with Lean – they simply are not achieving desired results. Other studies suggest that about 60% of all Six Sigma initiatives fail to yield desired results, and I imagine that failure rates are similar with […]

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