I have created this list of 5 attributes in order to encourage those who may not yet realize that they are in fact qualified and capable of attaining these recognitions. These attributes are frequently cited across the ASQ Awards, so building up these credentials will enhance the suitability of anyone interested in additional recognitions.
1. Education and Professional Background
This is a key prerequisite. As the quality profession has many distinguished participants, it is essential to measure up to and surpass the standard expectations. This is necessary to filter out the more transient practitioners who attempt to "reinvent" themselves as quality experts without having the necessary depth or breadth of professional or educational accomplishments.
2. Technical Competence and Contributions
This is important to demonstrate the distinctive contributions that have innovated and expanded the value of Quality to its constituents. At a minimum, anyone aspiring to be recognized should first consistently demonstrate their capabilities and credibility. Without this step, the value and importance of ASQ recognitions would be severely diminished.
3. Practical Application of Quality
This is where the value of the work to the profession and society is conveyed and compared. Quality is often derided as "theory" by those who are resistant to change and protective of their particular status quo. Only when Quality is convincingly demonstrated to have beneficial effects on outcomes, costs, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement will the methods or techniques be truly embraced and sustained.
4. Publications, Presentations, and Communications
This is a critical component as no ASQ recognition is possible without fulfilling the requirement of a nomination form, which in and of itself is a communications endeavor. A common evaluation criteria is the array of publications and presentations, particularly those produced within the last 2 years. It is therefore important to not only be productive in this area, but to diligently track such publications and their impacts. For example, work done through ASQ Press or ASQ Journals is captured in the archives and easily referenced within ASQ.
This refers to leadership within the employer or firm, and within professional societies like ASQ. Leadership is viewed at multiple levels, along with the accomplishments attained. The impact of the individual on others, whether fellow Quality practitioners, organizations, clients, or geographic territories (i.e. cities, states, countries, sub-continents), must be tangible.
To emphasize the importance, I have pasted the criteria provided by ASQ on their nomination form for selection to the ASQ Board. From this list, the characteristics of leadership should be cultivated and expanded over time.