A Great Day for Member Leaders
With so many opportunities to learn, share and be recognized, today was a great day for ASQ Member Leaders!
Highlights of the day included:
SAC / DAC joint meeting covering:
- Education and training initiative system design overivew
- Voice of the Customer overview of a future Train the Trainer system
- Global Transformation Strategy overiew (Dennis Arter covered this in detail already)
That meeting lead very neatly into an Ideas to Action Gathering (ITAG) focused on Building Community within ASQ. On this I will be presenting more in the near future.
At this point you might be thinking to yourself, what a full day the member leaders had...well, the ITAG concluded in time for a light buffet lunch! We still had a long way to go.
The afternoon was consumed with the Leadership Institute...our Training / Education event for member leaders from all types of Member Units (Divisions, Sections, Forums, Networks, etc., etc.).
I had the opportunity to both lead 2 sessions and moderate 2 other sessions. My offerings were both on the Quality Management Process (QMP) (which is a merger of the Section and Division Management Processes - SMP & DMP). Each session lead to very lively discussions on business planning and member unit leadership / management. I was delighted with the interchange and level of curiousity / questions which arose during each session.
Once again you might be thinking that the day ended after the institute, and again you'd be mistaken. Shortly after the institute concluded the majority of the member leaders present filled another room in the Hilton's America Hotel to 'recognize' superior leadership and performance throughout the society at our annual Member Unit / Leadership Awards Ceremony. I had the opportunity to co-MC this event with Steve Wilson, DAC Vice Chair. Along with the assistance of ASQ President Mike Nichols, DAC Chair Gary Johnson and SAC Chair Brenda Fisk we presented 171 awards to a host of society member leaders, Sections and Divisions. As the SMP committee Chair this year, one of my goals was to improve the awards ceremony process. Last year this ceremony took almost 2 1/2 hours. Many attendees lost interest and left before we'd handed out all the awards. Our objective was to keep all the attendees engaged and interested. Additionally we wanted the attendees to stay through the whole ceremony. We succeeded fabulously by completing the whole program in about 65 minutes (25 minutes early) while keeping the attendees guess who would be next to be recognized. This kept all engaged. I am quite proud of the improvement we've made to the process and hope next year we can present twice as many awards in as controlled a period of time! Plan to join us next year to see how we do!
Taking a liberty, I am sharing a photo from the Member Leader Recognition / Awards ceremony...the liberty is that this photo is of the representatives from Region 3 - my Region!
Following a very successful awards ceremony we were treated to a real Texas Bar-B-Que dinner!
I ended my day with a dip in the hot tube before sitting down to share my thoughts of the day with you.