ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition — May 2003

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Seeing Groups–
and the World–
in a New Way
AQP’s National Team Excellence Awards Diary
Ask the PowerPhrase® Expert
Looking Toward the Future



AQP Connections
Articles in Brief
News Bites
What’s Up?
Out of Context
Book Nook

May 2003 News for a Change—Home Page

NFC Index

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AQP Connections


President’s Leadership Award Given to Powell

When Jennifer Powell was named this year’s winner of AQP’s prestigious President’s Leadership Award, she commented, “Working in this association has been a labor of love. I believe strongly in its values and mission, so serving in various leadership positions to help the association achieve its goals came naturally. Working on the ASQ affiliation was one of the most challenging and rewarding leadership experiences of my career. I consider it a real bonus to have been recognized by an organization I hold in such high regard.”

The President’s Leadership Award recognizes an individual for his/her leadership-oriented contributions in advancing the field of quality through participation and the ideals AQP represents. These contributions must be significant and recognized on a national level.

A committee composed of past presidents of the association, board members, staff members, and other volunteers reviews nominations, which come from the committee members, as well as from the general membership. Multiple awards or no awards may be given, based on the caliber of the nominees. Nominees do not need to be members of AQP; however, membership in the association is desirable.

When asked to recount her experience with AQP, Powell said, “I believe I started my first officer position around 1988 and have held an office every year since then. My work with the programs, nominations, and strategic planning committees were all multiyear commitments.”

Powell was president of AQP in the years 1990-91 and 2000-02. She also served as secretary and vice president of the association, as well as a member of the name change and repositioning committees. Additionally, she has held numerous local positions, including Chesapeake chapter president, vice president, and secretary.

Finkelmeier Receives Judy Gibson Award

At this year’s 25th Annual Conference, Robert “Bob” Finkelmeier was named recipient of the Judy Gibson Volunteer Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to AQP. Nominees must be national members of AQP and must have demonstrated outstanding support for the association through their efforts at the national or regional levels. Finkelmeier commented, “To receive the Judy Gibson award is quite an honor.”

Since the early 1980s, Finkelmeier has been involved with AQP’s National Team Excellence Award process as a judge, and he moved into a lead judge role in the mid-90s. He also is a member of the team excellence process committee, which oversees the award competition process and judging criteria.

In the past four or five years, Finkelmeier has coordinated and hosted, through his affiliation with Regis University, the regional Team Excellence competition in Denver, including providing the judges’ training and serving as master scorer. In fact, Finkelmeier also acted as scorekeeper at the 2003 Annual Conference.

Additionally, Finkelmeier has served as one of the five members of the self-directed vision team of the Front Range chapter in Denver. He’s been a reviewer for News for a Change, currently is book reviewer for AQP, and has published articles in The Journal for Quality and Participation. During the past year, Finkelmeier has been a member of AQP’s vision committee, reviewing drafts and participating in conference calls.

Upcoming Education Courses
AQP has the following courses scheduled through August 2003, which now offer CEU credits as approved by International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Facilitating Teams and Groups
Enhance your facilitation skills to increase meeting effectiveness, including communication, conflict
resolution, and developing critical team roles and responsibilities.
May 19-22, Kansas City, MO
4 days, 3 CEUs

Advanced Facilitation Skills
This training, developed from a research study, is invaluable and is a great enhancement for professionals who already have experience in facilitation.
May 21-23, Kansas City, MO
2.5 days, 1.9 CEUs

Conducting a Baldrige Assessment
This training recognizes and meets the biggest challenges of completing a self-assessment or applying for the Baldrige Award.
May 18, Kansas City, MO
1 day, 0.75 CEUs

Achieving Breakthroughs in Business Performance Through Process Improvement
In a business environment where survival demands extraordinary improvement in business performance, success has been achieved in every industry through process-based transformation.
May 21-23, Kansas City, MO
2 days, 1.5 CEUs

Emotional Intelligence: Leading and Managing
This training offers a direct link and understanding between emotional intelligence and leadership performance, and gives leaders specific ways to improve their performance that promotes productivity and quality.
May 17-18, Kansas City, MO
2 days, 1.5 CEUs

Six Sigma Team Facilitation Skills
This course recognizes the two sides of Six Sigma by providing the skills needed to facilitate project teams in a Six Sigma or other team-based environment effectively.
June 23-24, Phoenix, AZ
2 days, 1.5 CEUs

Managing and Leading in a Six Sigma World
This course provides a comprehensive experience that will enable you to become a high-functioning and effective leader in a Six Sigma environment.
August 7-8, Milwaukee, WI
2 days, 1.5 CEUs

Process Control for Project Teams
This training introduces and reinforces process control tools, including how to focus new teams and to reenergize existing teams.
June 23-25, Phoenix, AZ
3 days, 2.25 CEUs

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