At the upcoming 29th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference, Pete Reicks, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Performance Excellence for Baldrige Award recipient Elevations Credit Union, will be presenting, he says, on something truly “audacious”: the credit union’s continued journey to excellence.
In a virtual interview, Reicks shared with me how the nonprofit organization has continued to innovate since winning the Baldrige Award. He plans to take that learning and share with Quest participants Elevations' next step in the journey: "audacious excellence."
What has happened in the two years since receiving the Baldrige Award?
Elevations has been busy honoring our commitment to share our story as a Baldrige Award recipient. We have been an invited presenter at over 40 events, ranging from state and regional Baldrige-based conferences to the ASQ annual conference, ultimately presenting the Baldrige story to representatives of hundreds of organizations. We have authored and been sought out for over 30 articles in publications such as ASQ’s Quality Progress magazine and the Denver Business Journal.
In particular, we are proud of having produced and hosted the “Colorado’s Path to Performance Excellence” event at the Ritz-Carlton, a two-time Baldrige Award recipient, in Denver. The panel discussion at the conference included all four previous Colorado Baldrige national and state recipients, was moderated by Harvard Business Review, was attended by 137 C-level executives from companies along the Front Range, and included closing comments from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. A free eBook, as well as a video of the event, is available at https://www.elevationscu.com/baldrige.
Can you share an example of your success?
Elevations continues to apply the Baldrige Excellence Framework to assess if we are performing as well as we could and how best to improve or change. Since becoming a recipient in 2014, our key performance comparisons to our peer group continue to improve. At year-end 2016, we broke records with all-time high performances in net worth, assets, outstanding loans, total members, Net Promoter Score, and net income.
What are your top tips for using Baldrige resources?
What else might participants learn at your conference session?
We have continued to improve and innovate in a number of areas through our use of the Baldrige framework. A few examples include
What are a few key reasons that organizations in your sector can benefit from using the Baldrige Excellence Framework?
The credit union philosophy is “People Helping People.” Elevations’ mission is to provide solutions for a better life. Similar to many organizations who find their way to Baldrige, our philosophy and belief in the mission drive us to be better tomorrow than we are today. Excellence matters. The Baldrige Excellence Framework, a systems approach to improving your organization’s performance, is how we seek excellence in fulfilling our mission.
To learn more, register now for the 29th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference, which will feature the 2016 Baldrige Award recipients and many more national role models sharing their best practices.