I have always been taught to ask questions in order to learn. The answers to our questions provide the personal insights we can use to improve our own and our organizations' behaviors, strategies, practices, and results. The 32nd Quest for Excellence conference on April 12th—15th will provide unique opportunities to ask and learn. Dawn Bailey, in an earlier blog, described the format for this year's virtual and more-accessible conference. I want to share the opportunities you will have to get your questions answered.
The plenary sessions on Tuesday and Thursday will feature 11 Baldrige Award recipients (six from 2019 and five from 2020). The latter part of each of these plenary sessions will include a moderated Q&A period.
The agenda for Wednesday will be very different from past Quest conferences. There will be 80 different sessions available, most featuring one of the 11 recipients talking about their processes and results for each of the Baldrige Criteria categories (Leadership through Operations). In addition, there will be some sessions featuring a prior recipient speaking about a topic of current importance to organizational performance. All these sessions will be on-demand and will continue to be available until June 15th.
The more important part of Wednesday, from the perspective of this blog, is a series of networking sessions with the Award recipients. These sessions, each generally organized by sector (health care, education, business, nonprofit, government), will feature the 2019 and 2020 recipients as well as former recipients. The government session will include Stephanie Norling, to answer questions about community-wide use of Baldrige-based criteria and about the Communities of Excellence 2026 collaboratives. The sessions will be an informal way for attendees to interact with the Award Recipients and ask questions. Each session will be moderated by one of the Award recipients featured in the session.
Consider having members of your organization attend networking sessions from other sectors, not just your own. Frequently the best learning is achieved through adapting role model practices from another sector.
What might you ask at these networking sessions:
I believe equally important to asking questions is listening to the questions others ask. Not only might the answers help your organization, but the questions give you information about the challenges other organizations face that might help you better understand your own organization's progress and opportunities. Over the years, I have frequently heard someone else's question and said to myself, "Why didn't I realize that?" or, "That probably explains what I observe in my own organization."
The Quest conference registration ends April 8th, 2021. Register today! And I hope to "see" you there!
The three-day virtual showcase will feature the 2019 and 2020 Award recipients, former recipients, pre-conference workshops, senior leader plenary sessions with live Q&A, more than 70+ on-demand concurrent sessions, conference keynote, and more!
Quest Registration Closes: April 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET