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Under-40 honorees share stand-out traits

When people talk about the new generations of workers rising up through the ranks in organizations today, you’d think these younger folks were more enigmatic than fire-rainbow breathing unicorns. A confoundingly mysterious breed.

We have often covered generational differences in QP, we read articles about them in business magazines, we hear about generational conflicts and stereotypes at conferences and in our own organizations. But are these differences in employees from incoming generations really as stark as they’re made out to be?

Reading about the "fresh faces" of quality in this edition of QP would have you believe we’re not so different after all. These individuals possess the same traits and attributes that have led to breakthrough successes among the many generations that have preceded them. Ambition, perseverance, commitment and an innate desire to constantly find ways to improve, whether it be in their roles, in the products or services they touch, and in the interest of creating a better environment and world around them.

In "Fresh Faces," meet the 46 individuals who make up this year’s class of quality professionals making a difference and helping to shape the future of the profession. This special feature, brought to you in conjunction with November’s World Quality Month celebration, will live on via social media posts throughout the month. Visit ASQ on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to watch the conversation play out.

Since we first premiered this under-40 tribute five years ago, there has been no shortage of new honorees to step into these roles and lead the quality charge around the world. Find out what makes them tick; I think you might quickly notice some commonalities.

Also in this issue:

"Understanding Variation: 26 Years Later," refreshes the ideas presented in an article the authors published in QP in 1990. It draws upon the work of Walter Shewhart in showing how a lack of attention to variation can inadvertently produce erroneous results. In today’s world of big data analytics and data-driven decision making, cognizance of these important influencers is more important than ever. On, the authors also invite readers to submit their own examples of instances where Shewhart’s method would lead to better decision making.

"A Better Way," explains how to use the root cause analysis helix to determine root causes of an occurrence or failure. Choosing the right tools—or the right variation on the tools—is the first step in arriving at the best answer.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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