Become an LQF 2014 Examiner!
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2014 LQF Review Cycle Starts Now

LQF is accepting applications for the Examiner Training scheduled August 4-6, 2014.  Click HERE for the form. 

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Performance Excellence News

March-April 2014: All applicants in the LQF 2013 application and review cycle will be receiving awards at the 2014 Awards Ceremony June 24.  Watch this column for an announcement of award recipients in the next week or two.

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2013-2014 Baldrige Criteria

The new criterias for proformance excellence have been posted.

2013 Baldrige Recipients
The 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award recipients have been announced.


LQF 2014 Performance Excellence Conference Video


The LQF Performance Excellence Conference is now history.  Over twenty attendees got an in-depth course in Baldrige for Beginners, with a focus on the Organizational Profile.  Speakers held sessions on Business, Education and Health Care.  A workshop on the second day of the conference helped attendees start writing their own Organizational Profiles (Click for Video) .

In an effort to practice Baldrige principles, the LQF asked for OFIs, or Opportunities For Improvement, from attendees.  Yes, feedback is valuable to any organization!  For example, next year, the conference will likely include more group projects and more focus on how the different categories link together.

One presenter suggested that organizations that are looking to start their Baldrige journeys try to recruit early supporters of the principles.  When supporters get the process going, any who resist will eventually find their positions untenable.  Supporters continually look for more benefits and how their own work processes and core competencies can build sustainability, agility and efficiency.

Next on the LQF schedule is the 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, where applicants from the 2013 cycle are recognized for their accomplishments.  After that, 2014 Level I, II and III applications are due July 31 and Examiner Training is August 4-6.  We hope to see you there!

DM Petroleum Operations Company

According to Mr. Bob McGough, CEO of DM, "The LQF provided employee training and support that was immeasurable during our quality journey. They gave us the third party verification that we needed to be sure we were doing the right things in management to meet the Malcolm Baldrige criteria". "The road to excellence would have been much more difficult to travel without the help of the LQF and I highly recommend that other companies looking to travel this road seek to partner with them", said Mr. McGough.

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

According to Mr. W. F. "Bud" Barrow, President & CEO, The LQF is one of the State’s great resources. It represents a commitment and a pathway to excellence, whatever the industry and stakeholder group.

Utilizing the Baldrige framework, LQF is the ideal partner for organizations to improve operations, create an engaged and vibrant workforce and exceed customer expectations.  I truly believe that our State will move farther and faster on the road to national leadership as we collectively embrace and actively participate in the LQF mission.

For Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, I have no doubt that our work with the LQF has made a lasting difference in enhancing our call to serve, especially to those most in need.