April Member Spotlight: Kurt Stuke
Current Position: Owner & Trainer, Quality Leadership Training or QLT LLC, Contoocook, NH
Are you involved in any ASQ Sections or Divisions? I am the Vice-Chair for E-Based Initiatives for the Quality Management Division and a member of the Audit and Lean Enterprise Divisions
What ASQ activities do you participate in? As a trainer, I lead CQA Refresher and CMQ Refresher courses for ASQ. I have been fortunate enough to speak at several WCQIs and enjoy attending ASQ conferences.
Education? Doctorate in Leadership; MAs in Philosophy and Theology
What was your introduction to quality? It was a “trial by fire!” I worked for a company that was audited and it did not go well. I have heard that you can learn more through failure than success…
Do you have a favorite quality tool? I love borrowing from the social sciences, e.g. organizational network analysis, ethnography, etc. I believe we need to do a better job of understanding culture and the importance of qualitative data within quality.
Have you published anything? A bunch. You can find some of my work in ASQ journals and divisional newsletters. Most of my focus is on how American thought can shed light on Deming’s so-called profound knowledge.
What are your favorite ways to relax? Zwift, my small flock of chickens, micro-brew, coffee (not necessarily in that order!)
What books are you currently reading? Henry David Thoreau “On Civil Disobedience” (It is for a course I am teaching this term)
How do you keep up with news in the quality field? myASQ can be very helpful; on LinkedIn I have followed several groups and as a result, I tend to have several pieces to review as I sip my morning coffee. Conferences, webinars, and Quality Progress are helpful too!
Personal: Enjoying the four seasons in a multi-generational home in NH – missing the family in Oz…
Favorite quality quote? “Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?” William James, Will to Believe