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BALDRIGE
EXCELLENCE
BUILDER
Key questions for improving your
organization’s performance

LEADERSHIP

STRATEGY

CUSTOMERS

MEASUREMENT, ANALYSIS, AND
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

WORKFORCE

OPERATIONS

RESULTS

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Improve Your Performance
The Baldrige Excellence Builder self-assessment helps you identify and improve what is critical
to your organization’s success. By completing and acting on this assessment, you will be better
positioned to accomplish your mission, improve your results, and become more competitive.

The Excellence Builder is based on the more detailed Baldrige Excellence Framework and
its Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Here’s what the Baldrige Excellence Framework can do for you.

Leadership

Strategy

Customers

Workforce

RESULTS

Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management

Integration

Core Values and Conce
pts

Operations

Organizational Profile

Government Agency
Achieved $3.22 billion
in cost avoidance over
5 years

Manufacturer
Grew return on investment at a 23%
compound annual rate; increased
annual orders from repeat and
international customers 32% and
nearly 400%, respectively

Small Business
More than doubled in size over
6 years; created more than
$26 million in revenue annually
for 9 years

Hospital
Decreased the risk-adjusted
mortality rate by 24%—
better than the top-decile
level in its six-county
region

K–12 Public School System
Over 10 years, tripled the number of
Advanced Placement exams taken, with
66% of students taking at least one; more
than doubled the number of AP exams
with scores of 3 or higher

Nonprofit
Leads all local competitors
in customer engagement and
loyalty as measured by Net
Promoter System scores

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Contents

2 About the Baldrige Excellence Builder
The Baldrige Excellence Builder represents proven leadership and management

practices for high performance.

4 Core Values and Concepts

5 Baldrige Excellence Builder
Answer these questions about the most important features of organizational

performance excellence.

14 Assessing Your Responses
Assess your answers to the Baldrige Excellence Builder questions.

16 Glossary of Key Terms
Learn the defnitions of key terms in the Baldrige Excellence Builder.

Using Baldrige to improve was, I think, one of the smartest
things we did in our business. It really gave us a touchstone;
it really gave us an opportunity to . . . constantly measure
ourselves and evaluate how we’re doing.

—Scott McIntyre, Managing Partner, Baldrige Award recipient
PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector Practice

1

About the Baldrige Excellence Builder
Is your organization doing as well as it could? How do you know? What and
how should your organization improve or change?

The Baldrige Excellence Builder helps you assess your organization’s strengths and opportuni-
ties for improvement against the most important features of organizational performance
excellence. By completing and acting on this assessment, you will be better positioned to
accomplish your mission, improve your results, and become more competitive.

The Baldrige Excellence Builder is based on the more detailed Baldrige Excellence Framework
and its Criteria for Performance Excellence (see www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications). For more
than 30 years, Baldrige has been globally recognized as the leading edge of validated leader-
ship and performance practice.

Organizations around the world use the Baldrige framework to improve and get sustainable
results. Those recognized as U.S. role models receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Award, a Presidential award. The recipients broadly share their best practices with others.
Through that sharing, many thousands of organizations have improved their operations and
results, and thus their contributions to the U.S. and global economy.

A Focus on Improvement
The Baldrige Excellence Builder helps you understand how well you are achieving your goals
and objectives:

• Are your processes consistently effective?

• Do your approaches address your organization’s needs?

• How good are your results?

• Is your organization learning, innovating, and improving?

As you answer the Baldrige Excellence Builder questions and assess your responses, you will
identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Then, as you build on your strengths
and address your opportunities, you create cycles of improvement within your organization.

The building blocks of the Baldrige approach are the core values and concepts (see page 4), the
seven Baldrige Excellence Builder categories, and the evaluation factors described on the next page.

A Systems Perspective
A systems perspective means managing all the parts of your organization as a unifed whole to
achieve your mission. It means ensuring that your plans, processes, measures, and actions are
consistent. And it means ensuring that the individual parts of your organization’s management
system work together in a fully interconnected, unifed, and mutually benefcial manner.

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How to Use the Baldrige Excellence Builder
Answer the Organizational Profle questions. Rather than prescribe how you should
structure your organization or its operations or what its mission and goals should be, the
Baldrige Excellence Builder asks you to make those decisions. In the Organizational Profle
(pages 5–6), you defne what is most relevant and important to your organization’s mission
and performance.

The Organizational Profle sets the context for your answers to the rest of the questions. It
can also serve as your frst Baldrige self-assessment: if you identify topics for which you have
conficting, little, or no information, you can use those topics for action planning.

Answer the questions in categories 1–7 (pages 7–13). Your answers to these questions
are an assessment against the most important features of organizational excellence. The
categories represent seven critical aspects of managing and performing as an organization:
(1) Leadership; (2) Strategy; (3) Customers; (4) Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge
Management; (5) Workforce; (6) Operations; and (7) Results.

Categories 1–6 (pages 7–12) each consist of two items (e.g., 1.1, 1.2), with many of the
questions beginning with “how.” In answering these questions, give information on your key
processes:

• Approach: How do you accomplish your organization’s work? How effective are your
key approaches?

• Deployment: How consistently are your key approaches used in relevant parts of
your organization?

• Learning: How well have you evaluated and improved your key approaches? Have
improvements been shared within your organization? Has new knowledge led to
innovation?

• Integration: How do your approaches align to your current and future organizational
needs?

For the fve items in category 7 (page 13), report on the results that are the most important to
your organization’s success:

• Levels: What is your current performance?

• Trends: Are the results improving, staying the same, or getting worse?

• Comparisons: How does your performance compare with that of other organizations
and competitors, or with benchmarks?

• Integration: Are you tracking results that are important to your organization? Are you
using the results in decision making?

Assess your answers: process and results. Use the rubric on pages 14–15 to assess your
answers to the questions in each item. Identify your strengths. Then look at the next higher
level to see what you might improve.

Prioritize your actions. Celebrate your strengths and build on them to improve the things
you do well. Sharing the things you do well with the rest of your organization can speed
improvement. Also prioritize your opportunities for improvement; you cannot do everything at
once. Think about what is most important for your organization at this time, and decide what
to work on frst. Develop an action plan, implement it, and measure your progress.

After you use the Baldrige Excellence Builder, please email us at [email protected] to tell us
about your experience.

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Core Values and Concepts
The Baldrige Excellence Framework and Baldrige Excellence Builder are
based on these core values and concepts. For more detailed explanation,
see the Baldrige Excellence Framework (www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications).

Systems perspective. A systems perspective means managing all the parts of your organiza-
tion as a unifed whole to achieve your mission and strive toward your vision.

Visionary leadership. Your organization’s senior leaders should set a vision for the organiza-
tion, create a customer focus, demonstrate clear and visible organizational values and ethics,
and set high expectations for the workforce.

Customer-focused excellence. Your customers are the ultimate judges of your performance
and of product and service quality. Thus, your organization must consider all product and
service characteristics, and modes of customer access and support, that contribute to customer
satisfaction, loyalty, positive referrals, and ultimately your organization’s ongoing success.

Valuing people. A successful organization values its workforce members and the other people
who have a stake in the organization, including customers, community members, suppliers
and partners, and other people affected by its actions.

Organizational learning and agility. Organizational learning includes both continuous
improvement of existing approaches and signifcant change or innovation, leading to new
goals, approaches, products, and markets. Organizational learning must allow for agility, a
capacity for rapid change and for fexibility in operations.

Focus on success. Ensuring your organization’s success now and in the future requires under-
standing the short- and longer-term factors that affect your organization and its marketplace,
managing uncertainty and risk in the environment, and balancing some stakeholders’ short-
term demands with the organization’s and stakeholders’ need to invest in long-term success.

Managing for innovation. Innovation means making meaningful change to improve your
products, services, programs, processes, operations, and business model, with the purpose of
creating new value for stakeholders. Innovation requires a supportive environment, a process
for identifying strategic opportunities, and the pursuit of those that are intelligent risks.

Management by fact. Management by fact requires you to measure and analyze your orga-
nization’s performance, both inside the organization and in your competitive environment.
Analysis of performance measures and indicators should support organizational evaluation,
alignment, and decision making.

Societal contributions. Your organization’s leaders should stress contributions to the public
and the consideration of societal well-being and beneft. Your leaders should be role models
for the well-being of your communities.

Ethics and transparency. Your organization should stress ethical behavior by all workforce
members in all stakeholder transactions and interactions. Senior leaders should be role models
of ethical behavior, including transparency, characterized by candid and open communication
on the part of leadership and management and by the sharing of accurate information.

Delivering value and results. Your organization should choose and analyze results that help
you deliver and balance value for your key stakeholders. Thus, results need to include not just
fnancial results, but also product and process results; customer and workforce satisfaction and
engagement results; and leadership, strategy, and societal performance.

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Baldrige Excellence Builder
The Baldrige Excellence Builder includes questions on the most important
features of organizational excellence, starting with a full Organizational
Profle. For a more comprehensive set of questions, see the Baldrige Excellence
Framework booklet (Business/Nonproft, Education, or Health Care;
www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications).

P Organizational Profile

P.1 Organizational Description: What are your key organizational
characteristics?

a. Organizational Environment

(1) Product Offerings What are your main product offerings*? What is the relative impor-
tance of each to your success? What mechanisms do you use to deliver your products?

(2) MISSION, VISION, VALUES, and Culture What are your MISSION, VISION, and VALUES?
Other than VALUES, what are the characteristics of your organizational culture, if any? What
are your organization’s CORE COMPETENCIES, and what is their relationship to your MISSION?

(3) WORKFORCE Profile What is your WORKFORCE profle? What recent changes have you
experienced in WORKFORCE composition or in your needs with regard to your WORKFORCE?
What are

• your WORKFORCE or employee groups and SEGMENTS;

• the educational requirements for different employee groups and SEGMENTS;

• the KEY drivers that engage them;

• your organized bargaining units (union representation), if any; and

• your special health and safety requirements, if any?

(4) Assets What are your major facilities, equipment, technologies, and intellectual property?

(5) Regulatory Environment What are your KEY applicable occupational health and safety
regulations; accreditation, certifcation, or registration requirements; industry standards; and
environmental, fnancial, and product regulations?

b. Organizational Relationships

(1) Organizational Structure What are your organizational leadership structure and
GOVERNANCE structure? What structures and mechanisms make up your organization’s
LEADERSHIP SYSTEM? What are the reporting relationships among your GOVERNANCE board,
SENIOR LEADERS, and parent organization, as appropriate?

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*For health care organizations,“product offerings” are health care services.

For education organizations,“product offerings” are educational programs and services.

See www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications for Baldrige frameworks tailored to the health care and education sectors.

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(2) CUSTOMERS** and STAKEHOLDERS What are your KEY market SEGMENTS, CUSTOMER
groups, and STAKEHOLDER groups, as appropriate? What are their KEY requirements and
expectations for your products, CUSTOMER support services, and operations, including any
differences among the groups?

(3) Suppliers, PARTNERS, and COLLABORATORS What are your KEY types of suppliers,
PARTNERS, and COLLABORATORS? What role do they play in producing and delivering your
KEY products and CUSTOMER support services, and in enhancing your competitiveness?
What role do they play in contributing and implementing INNOVATIONS in your organiza-
tion? What are your KEY supply-network requirements?

P.2 Organizational Situation: What is your organization’s
strategic situation?

a. Competitive Environment

(1) Competitive Position What are your relative size and growth in your industry or the
markets you serve? How many and what types of competitors do you have?

(2) Competitiveness Changes What KEY changes, if any, are affecting your competitive
situation, including changes that create opportunities for INNOVATION and collaboration, as
appropriate?

(3) Comparative Data What KEY sources of comparative and competitive data are available
from within your industry? What KEY sources of comparative data are available from outside
your industry? What limitations, if any, affect your ability to obtain or use these data?

b. Strategic Context

What are your KEY STRATEGIC CHALLENGES and ADVANTAGES?

c. PERFORMANCE Improvement System

What is your PERFORMANCE improvement system, including your PROCESSES for evaluation and
improvement of KEY organizational projects and PROCESSES?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

**For health care organizations,“customers” are the users of your health care services (e.g., patients, families, insurers, and
other third-party payors).

For education organizations,“customers” are the users of your educational programs and services (e.g., students and
parents).

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1 Leadership

1.1 Senior Leadership: How do your senior leaders lead the organization?

(1) HOW do SENIOR LEADERS set your organization’s VISION and VALUES?

(2) HOW do SENIOR LEADERS’ personal actions demonstrate their commitment to legal and
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR?

(3) HOW do SENIOR LEADERS communicate with and engage the entire WORKFORCE, KEY
PARTNERS, and KEY CUSTOMERS?

(4) HOW do SENIOR LEADERS create an environment for success now and in the future?

(5) HOW do SENIOR LEADERS create a focus on action that will achieve the organization’s
MISSION?

1.2 Governance and Societal Contributions: How do you govern your
organization and make societal contributions?

(1) HOW does your organization ensure responsible GOVERNANCE?

(2) HOW do you evaluate the PERFORMANCE of your SENIOR LEADERS and your GOVERNANCE
board?

(3) HOW do you address current and anticipate future legal, regulatory, and community
concerns with your products and operations?

(4) HOW do you promote and ensure ETHICAL BEHAVIOR in all interactions?

(5) HOW do you consider societal well-being and beneft as part of your strategy and daily
operations?

(6) HOW do you actively support and strengthen your KEY communities?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

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2 Strategy

2.1 Strategy Development: How do you develop your strategy?

(1) HOW do you conduct your strategic planning?

(2) HOW does your strategy development PROCESS stimulate and incorporate INNOVATION?

(3) HOW do you collect and analyze relevant data and develop information for use in your
strategic planning PROCESS?

(4) HOW do you decide which KEY PROCESSES will be accomplished by your WORKFORCE and
which by external suppliers, PARTNERS, and COLLABORATORS?

(5) What are your organization’s KEY STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES and timetable for achieving them?

(6) HOW do your STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES achieve appropriate balance among varying and
potentially competing organizational needs?

2.2 Strategy Implementation: How do you implement your strategy?

(1) What are your KEY short- and longer-term ACTION PLANS?

(2) HOW do you DEPLOY your ACTION PLANS?

(3) HOW do you ensure that fnancial and other resources are available to support the
achievement of your ACTION PLANS while you meet current obligations?

(4) What are your KEY WORKFORCE plans to support your short- and longer-term STRATEGIC
OBJECTIVES and ACTION PLANS?

(5) What KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES or INDICATORS do you use to track the achievement
and EFFECTIVENESS of your ACTION PLANS?

(6) For these KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES or INDICATORS, what are your PERFORMANCE
PROJECTIONS for your short- and longer-term planning horizons?

(7) HOW do you recognize and respond when circumstances require a shift in ACTION PLANS
and rapid execution of new plans?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

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3 Customers

3.1 Customer Expectations: How do you listen to your customers and
determine products and services to meet their needs?

(1) HOW do you listen to, interact with, and observe CUSTOMERS* to obtain actionable
information?

(2) HOW do you listen to potential CUSTOMERS to obtain actionable information?

(3) HOW do you determine your CUSTOMER groups and market SEGMENTS?

(4) HOW do you determine product offerings?

3.2 Customer Engagement: How do you build relationships with
customers and determine satisfaction and engagement?

(1) HOW do you build and manage CUSTOMER relationships?

(2) HOW do you enable CUSTOMERS to seek information and support?

(3) HOW do you manage CUSTOMER complaints?

(4) HOW do you determine CUSTOMER satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and ENGAGEMENT?

(5) HOW do you obtain information on CUSTOMERS’ satisfaction with your organization relative
to other organizations?

(6) HOW do you use VOICE-OF-THE-CUSTOMER and market data and information?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

*For health care organizations, “customers” are the users of your health care services (e.g., patients, families, insurers, and
other third-party payors).

For education organizations, “customers” are the users of your educational programs and services (e.g., students and
parents).

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Measurement, Analysis, and
Knowledge Management

4

4.1 Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement of Organizational
Performance: How do you measure, analyze, and then
improve organizational performance?

(1) HOW do you track data and information on daily operations and overall organizational
PERFORMANCE?

(2) HOW do you select comparative data and information to support fact-based decision
making?

(3) HOW do you ensure that your PERFORMANCE measurement system can respond to rapid or
unexpected organizational or external changes and provide timely data?

(4) HOW do you review your organization’s PERFORMANCE and capabilities?

(5) HOW do you project your organization’s future PERFORMANCE?

(6) HOW do you use fndings from PERFORMANCE reviews to develop priorities for continuous
improvement and opportunities for INNOVATION?

4.2 Information and Knowledge Management: How do you manage your
information and your organizational knowledge assets?

(1) HOW do you verify and ensure the quality of organizational data and information?

(2) HOW do you ensure the availability of organizational data and information?

(3) HOW do you build and manage organizational knowledge?

(4) HOW do you share best practices in your organization?

(5) HOW do you use your knowledge and resources to embed LEARNING in the way your
organization operates?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

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5 Workforce

5.1 Workforce Environment: How do you build an effective and
supportive workforce environment?

(1) HOW do you assess your WORKFORCE CAPABILITY and CAPACITY needs?

(2) HOW do you recruit, hire, and onboard new WORKFORCE members?

(3) HOW do you prepare your WORKFORCE for changing CAPABILITY and CAPACITY needs?

(4) HOW do you organize and manage your WORKFORCE?

(5) HOW do you ensure workplace health, security, and accessibility for the WORKFORCE?

(6) HOW do you support your WORKFORCE via services, benefts, and policies?

5.2 Workforce Engagement: How do you engage your workforce for
retention and high performance?

(1) HOW do you determine the KEY drivers of WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT?

(2) HOW do you assess WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT?

(3) HOW do you foster an organizational culture that is characterized by open communication,
HIGH PERFORMANCE, and an engaged WORKFORCE?

(4) HOW does your WORKFORCE PERFORMANCE management system support HIGH
PERFORMANCE?

(5) HOW does your LEARNING and development system support the personal development of
your WORKFORCE members and your organization’s needs?

(6) HOW do you evaluate the EFFECTIVENESS and effciency of your LEARNING and
development system?

(7) HOW do you manage career development for your WORKFORCE and your future leaders?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

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6 Operations

6.1 Work Processes: How do you design, manage, and improve
your key products and work processes?

(1) HOW do you determine KEY product* and WORK PROCESS requirements?

(2) What are your organization’s KEY WORK PROCESSES?

(3) HOW do you design your products and WORK PROCESSES to meet requirements?

(4) HOW does your day-to-day operation of WORK PROCESSES ensure that they meet KEY
PROCESS requirements?

(5) HOW do you determine your KEY support PROCESSES?

(6) HOW do you improve your WORK PROCESSES and support PROCESSES to improve products
and PROCESS PERFORMANCE, enhance your CORE COMPETENCIES, and reduce variability?

(7) HOW do you manage your supply network?

(8) HOW do you pursue your opportunities for INNOVATION?

6.2 Operational Effectiveness: How do you ensure
effective management of your operations?

(1) HOW do you manage the cost, effciency, and EFFECTIVENESS of your operations?

(2) HOW do you ensure the security and cybersecurity of sensitive or privileged data
and information and of KEY assets?

(3) HOW do you provide a safe operating environment?

(4) HOW do you ensure that your organization is prepared for disasters or emergencies?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

*For health care organizations, “products” are health care services.

For education organizations, “products” are educational programs and services.

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Results 7

7.1 Product and Process Results: What are your product
performance and process effectiveness results?

(1) What are your RESULTS for your products and your CUSTOMER service processes?

(2) What are your PROCESS EFFECTIVENESS and effciency RESULTS?

(3) What are your safety and emergency preparedness RESULTS?

(4) What are your supply-network management RESULTS?

7.2 Customer Results: What are your customer-focused
performance results?

(1) What are your CUSTOMER satisfaction and dissatisfaction RESULTS?

(2) What are your CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT RESULTS?

7.3 Workforce Results: What are your workforce-focused
performance results?

(1) What are your WORKFORCE CAPABILITY and CAPACITY RESULTS?

(2) What are your WORKFORCE climate RESULTS?

(3) What are your WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT RESULTS?

(4) What are your WORKFORCE and leader development RESULTS?

7.4 Leadership and Governance Results: What are your
senior leadership and governance results?

(1) What are your RESULTS for SENIOR LEADERS’ communication and engagement with the
WORKFORCE, PARTNERS, and CUSTOMERS?

(2) What are your RESULTS for GOVERNANCE accountability?

(3) What are your legal and regulatory RESULTS?

(4) What are your RESULTS for ETHICAL BEHAVIOR?

(5) What are your RESULTS for societal well-being and support of your KEY communities?

7.5 Financial, Market, and Strategy Results: What are your
results for financial viability and strategy implementation?

(1) What are your fnancial PERFORMANCE RESULTS?

(2) What are your marketplace PERFORMANCE RESULTS?

(3) What are your RESULTS for the achievement of your organizational strategy and
ACTION PLANS?

Terms in SMALL CAPS are defined in the Glossary of Key Terms (pages 16–18).

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Assessing Your Responses
For scoring guidelines, see the Baldrige Excellence Framework booklet
(Business/Nonproft, Education, or Health Care; www.nist.gov/baldrige
/publications).

Assessing Processes
Processes are the methods your organization uses and improves to do its work. The four
factors used to evaluate processes are approach, deployment, learning, and integration (see
page 3).

For process items (those in categories 1–6), read the process scoring rubric on page 15. For
each item, assign one of the descriptors (Reactive, Early, Mature, or Role Model) based on a
holistic assessment of your processes.

Assessing Results
Results are the outputs and outcomes your organization achieves. The four factors used to
evaluate results are levels, trends, comparisons, and integration (see page 3).

For results items (7.1–7.5), read the results scoring rubric on page 15. For each item, assign one
of the descriptors based on a holistic assessment of your overall performance.

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