Posted by Dawn Bailey In 1987, when the development of a national quality award was assigned to scientists at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), first Baldrige Program director Curt Reimann had a dilemma. How do you recruit quality experts from a broad spectrum of industries and ask them to contribute volunteer hours and expertise? And then how do you keep these volunteer experts engaged and willing to share with peers? In the late 1980s, for a technical organization like NBS, such cross-sector teamwork was new--scientists in different disciplines rarely worked across fields with other scientists. However, the cross-sector sharing was a success. Driven by patriotism and a spirit of continuous improvement and innovation, individual members of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners have worked together, sharing insights, expertise, and best practices from all sectors of the U.S. economy and abroad for more than 26 years. This elite group of professionals excelling at performance excellence and continuous improvement recently shared the benefits they have derived by serving as a Baldrige examiner; for example,
This list continues and continues. Just ask a Baldrige examiner what he or she has personal gained as a professional development and what his or her organization has gained from having a Baldrige examiner among its ranks. What could you gain as a Baldrige examiner? Interested in finding out? Check out how to Become an Examiner. Special thanks to Rebecca Anderson and all of the Baldrige Examiners who participated in the LinkedIn discussion "The Benefits of Baldrige Program Examiner Participation." And thanks to all who have ever served as an examiner; your contributions continue to help U.S. organizations and the economy, as well as your peers, your companies, the Baldrige Program, and hopefully yourselves.