Quality New Mexico Newsletter QNM October Newsletter

www.qualitynewmexico.org OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE Partner Networking at the Balloon Glow Thank you to our Partner, Don Chalmers Ford, for hosting a fun networking at the Balloon fiesta! QNM Corner Julia Gabaldon President/CEO Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award Don’t miss Performance Excellence USA Sundays at 7:00 PM 94.5 FM & 770KKOB AM Listen Online at Qualitynewmexico.org UPCOMING EVENTS Go to our Events Calendar The PEP Talk—Partners Only: with guest Kristelle Siarza, Chief Executive Officer, Siarza Social Digital Free Webinar The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Social Media Learn how to make social media work for your organization Save the Date: 2017 Learning Summit, Isleta Resort October 18 11:00am12:00pm Invitation to Partners via email April 18-19 Resources Blogrige: Someplace Between Your Past and Your Future Read this blog to learn why strategic planning should begin with an assessment of the state of the organization—and why it should never include a “group hug.” When Don Chalmers served on our Board of Directors several years ago, he expressed interest in meeting with business leaders over lunch to explain the value of Quality New Mexico. I had the privilege of calling business leaders to invite them to have lunch with Don and me. The response was “what date, time, location.” Don listened to leaders’ challenges and related passionately how he used the systems approach using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to run his company. He shared with them how he felt the first time he received a Piñon evaluation feedback report but then realized it was about improving his company. He often said “you’ve got to put your ego in the drawer.” As I left the luncheons, I often thought how invaluable it would have been to have a recording of Don’s passionate conversation about his employees, his community, and Quality New Mexico’s role in helping New Mexico become the “State of Excellence.” Don often said, “I want to have a great business, in a great community, in a great state.” In Don’s honor, the Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award was created to annually honor an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence, and one who has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of his/her organization. The first recipient, Dr. Mike Sather, was recognized at the 2016 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) Ceremony. We invite YOU to nominate a New Mexico leader for the 2017 Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award. Nominations are due on December 1st. The honoree will be recognized at the 2017 NMPEA Ceremony April 19th at Isleta Resort. Click to Nominate an outstanding Leader Quality New Mexico Administrator lori@quality-newmexico.org (505)944-2006 www.qualitynewmexico.org