A new year brings with it an opportunity to be grateful for your many blessings. At the Baldrige Program, one of our blessings has to be the engaged community of Baldrige practitioners—folks who have served as examiners at all levels, across the country; who not only understand but have often mastered how to use the Baldrige Excellence Framework, which includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence; and who share a spirit of giving back to help others improve and, so doing, help the nation.
Not too long ago, I came across an online post by Baldrige alumnus examiner Suresh Nirody, assistant vice president supply chain for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He shared a novel way to use the Baldrige Criteria for personal development—as a tool for a job search.
His idea is to use the Organizational Profile, the preface of the Criteria, to ground yourself in the organization to which you are applying for a job. The Organizational Profile is intended to be used to create an overview of an organization, from its environment and relationships to its competitive position, strategic context, and performance improvement system. By answering the questions contained in the Organization Profile, one can figure out the key factors that are of the greatest importance to the organization—what makes that potential employer tick.
Says Nirody, "When researching a particular company that you have targeted as a possible future employer, the Baldrige Organization Profile provides an excellent framework to use. Research the company and look for answers to the questions in the profile! This will stand you in good stead."
What tips do you have for ways to use the Baldrige Framework and Criteria?