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The Official Baldrige Blog

What Does THAT Have to Do with the Baldrige Excellence Framework?!

cartoon image of distressed rider in taxi

Used with permission


To entertain you, to grab your attention, and (of course!) to advance your understanding of the Baldrige Excellence Framework, staff members who contribute to this blog have occasionally written some odd posts—or, at least, given them curious titles.

In case you’ve missed one or more of these, I’m sharing links to a selection of them below. I hope such posts encourage you (or people you know who are new to Baldrige) to appreciate the relevance and value of the Baldrige framework as a foundation for improving the performance of any organization.

Without further delay, following are ten previously published Blogrige posts that connect concepts from the Baldrige framework with such unexpected topics as …

  1. Vomiting in a cab 
  2. Surviving a “hot yoga” class 
  3. Making New Year’s resolutions
  4. Writing an online dating profile
  5. Wearing an ugly holiday sweater
  6. Getting married
  7. Babysitting grandchildren

As always, your thoughts (and humor) are welcome here. Consider commenting below to share your observations and insights about Baldrige concepts.  

About the author

Christine Schaefer

Christine Schaefer is a longtime staff member of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP). Her work has focused on producing BPEP publications and communications. She also has been highly involved in the Baldrige Award process, Baldrige examiner training, and other offerings of the program.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and a double major, receiving highest distinction for her thesis in the interdisciplinary Political & Social Thought Program. She also has a master's degree from Georgetown University, where her studies and thesis focused on social and public policy issues. 

When not working, she sits in traffic in one of the most congested regions of the country, receives consolation from her rescued beagles, writes poetry, practices hot yoga, and tries to cultivate a foundation for three kids to direct their own lifelong learning (and to PLEASE STOP YELLING at each other—after all, we'll never end wars if we can't even make peace at home!).

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Mission accomplished! I was very entertained. Very creative and resourceful perspective on Baldrige framework applications.
Taking your Baldrige vows seriously and yourself lightly! Even more so after hot yoga in Chicago! Marvelous!

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