THE OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION Receives International Recognition

THE OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION Receives International Recognition

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has selected "The Outstanding Organization" by Karen Martin as a recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Martin is the president of Karen Martin & Associates, a business performance improvement consultancy.

"Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an authors' significant contribution to the body of knowledge surrounding operational excellence," said Robert Miller, executive director of The Shingo Prize. ""The intent is to motivate others to learn from them."

While countless organizations, in one way or another, have attempted to implement operational excellence programs over the last two decades, Martin explains why so many have experienced abysmal results. In her book, she offers a "toolbox" focused on four key behaviors-clarity, focus, discipline and engagement-and a practical approach to combat and eliminate the chaos that inhibits organizations from becoming truly outstanding

"Karen Martin writes with a passion that comes from countless hours of coaching," said Jeffrey Liker, best-selling author of "The Toyota Way." "She has collected that vast experience, with learning from many sources, to develop a very powerful model of what makes a high performance organization."

By "challenging" or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from The Shingo Prize to thoroughly review their publications. The examiners select the publications they think are worthy of recognition.

Martin will receive the award during the opening social of the 25th Annual Shingo Prize International Conference held in Provo, Utah, the week of May 6-10, 2013. The opening social is the beginning of this four-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in their pursuit of operational excellence.

"The Shingo Prize has a recognition program that identifies those doing exceptional work in business improvement," said Robert Miller, executive director of The Shingo Prize. "The intent is to motivate others to learn from them."

About The Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named after Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world's thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Dr. Shingo's teachings, The Shingo Prize helps companies and organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness by developing cultures that better tap the talents of their employees. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional results from applying its philosophy and recognizes authors who have contributed important insights and applications of the principles it teaches. Those interested in more information about The Shingo Prize or in registering to attend the 25th Annual International Conference may visit http://www.shingoprize.org.