Best Practice: Living in the (TNCPE) Moment
Every month, when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s leadership team meets, they carve out time to share what they call a “TNCPE moment.”
This senior leadership meeting is led by Commissioner Bob Martineau, and includes directors, deputy directors, assistant commissioners, and deputy Commissioners — about 80 people total. Early on the agenda, a team member who has trained as a TNCPE examiner (there are several in this department!) presents a Framework for Performance Excellence concept, and then follows up with an example, starting with the process, and then evaluation factors.
TDEC is preparing a TNCPE application, and these moments are an effort to engage the workforce in the TNCPE process.
"We truly try to keep it to a ‘moment,’ about 5 minutes on the agenda,” Elaine Boyd explained. Boyd is a TDEC senior advisor and a TNCPE master examiner.
Boyd introduced these moments last summer, as an approach to teach the Framework, and ready the department for its TNCPE assessment.
"We are hoping that people will become more familiar with the tenets of the Framework, and be better prepared as we submit an application later this year and prepare for the site visit," Boyd said.