Spotlight Excellence When You Recognize It
Shining a spotlight on excellence through award nomination is a great way to highlight outstanding work being done and the people and teams responsible for it. Much like winning an Oscar for Hollywood’s finest, “best of” awards are celebrated across industries and organizations. And like an Oscar, being nominated for an award carries weight.
Awards have criteria for eligibility; to be nominated is positive recognition by itself. Nominations show that people notice not only achieved results, but also how they were accomplished. When an individual or team’s work is nominated for a “best of” award, it is automatically elevated in its sphere. Hence, the acceptance speeches that praise the other nominees, “It is an honor to be in the company of excellence…”
One of the most fulfilling aspects of my career—both as a former HR leader and now as an executive coach—is to nominate people, teams or organizations for recognition and awards. The process is core to my purpose of helping people and organizations achieve success.
Earlier this year, I was in a best practice and information sharing session for a coaching group with which I am affiliated. In that meeting, the work other participating coaches had accomplished with an area business client was being highlighted. In partnership with the coaching group, the business had achieved exceptional results, including the development of its first long-term strategic business plan and leadership expectations model, which were communicated broadly across the entire organization. Leaders became more efficient; energy shifted toward strategy and business development, to name just a few of the benefits.
My first thought was that this outstanding work should be lifted up in the broader coaching community, so I approached the group’s leadership about nominating the business for the prestigious International Coaching Federation (ICF) Minnesota Prism Award for excellence in organizational coaching. I offered to help guide the group through the nominating process, and they agreed.
Last week, I was thrilled when Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) was named the winner of the ICF Minnesota 2020 Prism Award. You can read about the award, TCO and their coaching partner, Good Leadership, by clicking here: https://www.icfminnesota.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=907122&module_id=384994
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Lance Hazzard, CPCC, ACC, is a certified Intelligent Leadership Executive Coach helping people and organizations successfully achieve what’s next. He is Executive Coach and President at Oppnå® Executive & Achievement Coaching. Lance and Eric T. Hicks, Ph.D., co-authored the book, Accelerating Leadership, published in June 2019 and now also available as an e-book. More information can be found on the book, Lance and Oppnå® Coaching at the links below: