‘Good to Great’ Author Keynotes 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit

Bill Wadt stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom Tuesday to discuss the importance of the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit set for April 12-13 at Isleta Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Collins, student and teacher of leadership and what “makes great companies tick,” will keynote Quality New Mexico’s Learning Summit “Excellence by Choice” April 12-13 at Isleta Resort. 

Collins has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. GOOD TO GREAT, the #1 bestseller, examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results. His most recent book, GREAT BY CHOICE, is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don’t – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.

“Jim Collins is one of the top management gurus or consultants in the world and those who attend his will also have the opportunity to not only hear but also ask questions of him,” Bill Wadt said during an interview Tuesday afternoon with the Los Alamos Daily Post. “He’s a wonderful speaker and very insightful … he spoke at one of our summits several years ago and it was a very positive experience.”

The cost for the two-day Summit is $ , however, the price drops to $199 for anyone wishing to just attend the Collins event, which is anticipated to run about three hours with his talk followed by questions.  

“In a large venue such as the Isleta Resort we can accommodate up to a couple of thousand people,” Wadt said, adding that there will be talks spread across the two-day Summit on business, government, healthcare, education and nonprofit organizations.

The Learning Summit in April also features “best practices” from role model organizations that have achieved the nation’s highest level of recognition for performance excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: Elevations Credit Union (CO), Hill Country Memorial Hospital (TX), Pewaukee School District (WI), and VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (NM).

Also featured is “The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony”, which recognizes NM organizations for their commitment, progress, and achievement of performance excellence.

Wadt serves on the QNM Board and said the organization has served the state of New Mexico for 23 years.

“Its focus is performance excellence,” he said. “Sustained excellence doesn’t come about by chance – it requires a lot of discipline.”

Quality New Mexico is the official administrator of the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, in accordance with NM Executive Order 2012-003.QNM’s mission is to drive performance excellence in New Mexico. The non-profit, 501(c)3, organization provides performance excellence training, assessments, coaching, and public recognition to those who have achieved various levels of improvement on their excellence journey.  

For information about Quality New Mexico or the 2016 Learning Summit or to register, visit www.qualitynewmexico.org or contact 505.944.2001.