December Chair Message
This is my final message as chair of the Quality Management Division (QMD). In my past messages, I have summarized the activities of QMD. The content of this message will focus on the transition taking place within ASQ and how the QMD has supported these initiatives.
ASQ has three major operational and organizational changes taking place in 2014, which will significantly impact the value of an ASQ membership. QMD has been a strong advocate of the need to develop products and services designed to engage member activity. Our objectives for 2012-and 2013 have helped establish the foundation for ASQ to plan and implement organizational changes.
A Program Awards and Recognition Program (PAR) is currently being implemented. This program is designed to alter the behavior of member leaders in both sections and divisions to develop activities, events, products, and/or services to enhance the value of being a member of ASQ. Each year, member units are required to budget and plan activities to meet this goal. Creative and innovative activities are encouraged, and recognition of performance excellence will be awarded using a Baldrige based model.
The current divisional structure has not been effectively utilizing the subject matter expertise of its members. Sharing of the vast body of Quality related knowledge has been sporadic and inconsistent. In some past instances, divisions have competed with each other for conference attendance. Now, members will have an opportunity to attend a single technical event where most all divisions will participate. Subject matter experts, with practical not theoretical expertise, will be in one location where maximum value for the time and money spent can be realized by conference attendees. This conference will be separate from the ASQ World Conference. Ken Sadler, the incoming chair of QMD, will also be involved with planning this event. He will be providing regular updates to QMD members next year.
Another upcoming event will be the retirement of Paul Borowski. Paul has been the leader of ASQ for over 20 years. Through his leadership, ASQ has evolved to be a leading voice of Quality in our global society. His successor will have a solid foundation in place to continue the mission and vision of ASQ to be the leading global voice of Quality. The search committee feels confident that a new CEO will be identified when Paul retires in May 2014.
QMD has a strong and proven leadership team in place for 2014 and 2015 that will support the changes taking place in ASQ.
As I close my term as chair of QMD. I want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.