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What’s Next?

Foundations for a Successful Business is a start toward sustained success and ever-higher levels of performance.

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Engage Your Organization
Explore the Baldrige Excellence Builder
Connect with Local, State, and Regional Programs
Purchase the Baldrige Excellence Framework

If you are ready to continue, take one of these next steps:

Engage Your Organization

Once you have completed the “Learn and Improve” section, invite others in your organization on the journey. Together, you can answer the key questions in the following section, “Your Turn.”


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Explore the Baldrige Excellence Builder®

Check out the Baldrige Excellence Builder®, in which you will find a rubric to assess your processes and results . The Excellence Builder also provides additional in-depth guiding questions to help you assess your organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement against the most important features of organizational performance excellence.



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Connect with Local, State, and Regional Programs

Connect with an intermediary to help guide your organization further along your performance improvement journey. Contact your local state/regional Baldrige-based Alliance for Performance Excellence program or engage with your Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.


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Purchase the Baldrige Excellence Framework®

Whether you have intermediaries assisting or dedicated staff members leading your journey, you are encouraged to engage the full Criteria for Performance Excellence® (part of the Baldrige Excellence Framework® booklet).




Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

For more than 30 years, Baldrige has been globally recognized as setting the standard for achieving organizational excellence. Organizations around the world use the Baldrige framework to improve and get sustainable results. Those recognized as U.S. role models receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award®, a Presidential award. The award recipients broadly share their best practices starting with the Quest for Excellence® conference. Through that sharing, many thousands of organizations have improved their operations and results and thus enhanced their contributions to the U.S. and global economies.

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Created May 2, 2023, Updated June 5, 2023