Why It Works

2021/2020 CEI Class
Next Application Deadline: August 13, 2021

Why It Works

What the CEI Does—Purpose and Aims

The purpose of the Chief Executive Institute: A Baldrige-based Executive Leadership Program is to develop senior-level decision-makers who can lead their organizations capably and effectively towards surviving and thriving.

The principal aims of the Chief Executive Institute: A Baldrige-based Executive Leadership Program are to:

1. Teach, use, and learn how to apply the Baldrige Excellence Framework and the various tools of excellence for organizational decision-making and problem-solving.

2. Recognize the challenge of change and the consequences of change while operating as a strategic leader within a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.

3. Cultivate values-based strategic leaders who exemplify the highest standards of ethics and morale character.

4. Broaden the perspectives and frame of references of the participants beyond their respective organizations and industries for cross-sector and cross-profession learning, and then leverage this knowledge for organizational improvement and strategic sustainability.

Why Baldrige?

The Baldrige Framework is a comprehensive and holistic approach to understanding, defining, managing, synchronizing, and leading the totality of the organization to include instituting key metrics and measures designed to ensure continuous improvement towards goal achievement. Through self-study, evaluation, change management, and leadership, the organization transforms into a dynamic, customer-centric structure with greater clarity of focus on core values, mission, and vision. This proven improvement and innovation framework offers organizations an integrated approach to key management areas: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Analysis, Knowledge Management, Workforce, Operations, and Results.

As discussed on the Baldrige website (http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/)

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