The Baldrige Program would like to wish you and your families and friends a safe and happy Independence Day!
As I contemplate the upcoming holiday, I see many parallels between it and the Baldrige Program.
Just as July 4th is a uniquely American holiday, Baldrige is a unique public-private partnership to improve America’s organizations.
Just as Americans celebrate the escape from the bonds of tyranny, our Declaration of Independence, freedom of self-governance, and the creation of a new nation, Baldrige helps organizations escape from the bonds of poor performance, declare and celebrate continuous improvement, enjoy the freedom of self-assessment, and create a better organization on their own terms.
The Declaration of Independence was the product of a group of visionary leaders who dared to imagine a different future. Over the last 30 years, Baldrige has helped organizations visualize and operationalize their own desired future.
So, as you enjoy the cookouts, conversations, and fireworks, I invite you to do what I will do, pause for a few moments to be thankful for this unique public-private partnership and the extended Baldrige community that has benefitted so many individuals and organizations across the nation and around the globe.