In this entertaining and thought-provoking session, award-winning public speaker John Baranzelli will share a roadmap for quality professionals and business leaders to use that will translate to increased employee engagement and higher organizational performance.
In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business world, employee engagement has become a strategic imperative for all organizations mdash; public or private. Leaders who can engage and empower their employees will thrive in this new and dynamic work environment. In this entertaining and thought-provoking session, award-winning public speaker John Baranzelli will share a roadmap for quality professionals and business leaders to use that will translate to increased employee engagement and higher organizational performance. Attendees of this session will learn why a sense of community is a critical component in creating high performing teams and will walk away with specific actions they can implement immediately to better align leadership expectations within team members, coalesce the team around a powerful purpose, and create ownership of results within individual team members.
John Baranzelli recently retired from his role as director of the Office of Rapid Results for the State of Illinois. Prior to his work with the Office of Rapid Results, Baranzelli held a variety of positions with the Illinois Department of Transportation including engineer of design and environment as ISO quality assurance officer.
In 2006, Baranzelli led the Illinois Department of Transportation to achieve the first successful ISO 9001 certification of a state transportation agency. From 2012-2016, he served as the engineer of design and environment for the Illinois Department of Transportation and led the successful advertisement, selection and execution of more than $10.5B worth of heavy construction contracts and engineering consultant agreements.
In 2016, Baranzelli formed the Illinois Office of Rapid Results within the Illinois Department of Central Management Services with the objective of bringing the principles of operational excellence and continuous improvement to the Illinois State Government workforce. From the inception of the Rapid Results program until his retirement, Baranzelli led the successful training of more than 2,800 State of Illinois employees resulting in the deployment of 1,775 operational excellence projects. These projects have resulted in annualized cost savings of more than $34,000,000 and have saved more than 877,000 in annualized labor hours.
Baranzelli is a registered professional engineer and the author of the book Making Government Great Again: Mapping the Road to Success with ISO 9001:2008. He is an award winning public speaker who has spoken to thousands of people at events sponsored by eminent organizations including the Process Excellence Network, Toastmasters International, and the American Society for Quality. Baranzelli has presented at the 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, the 2019 Shingo Conference and the 2021 OPEX Week Spring Live Summit. In 2013, he was awarded the Sagarika Madala Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield, GPSI Program. Baranzelli served as chair of the ASQ Government Division from 2014-2016.