Archive for September, 2014

Why I Do What I Do

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

OK, one of the many reasons I help companies win awards.

(Hint – It’s because I help PEOPLE win awards.)

Today I tuned into the Webinar that serves as the virtual Brandon Hall Awards “ceremony.” I was thrilled to see many current and recent clients winning big (whether or not I helped them with the actual application, though especially when I did).

I emailed folks right away to congratulate them, including someone I’d worked with to write up a very impressive program for a prestigious global ranking award. She and her team had independently applied for and won TWO gold awards, so of course I wanted to wish her well.

The reply I got to my short note makes me beam ear to ear and really underscores a part of my work that I love.

What a pleasant surprise to hear from you and what synchronicity…I was thinking about you as I listened to the awards announcement.

The credit for encouraging me to apply for awards for [Program X] goes entirely to you (as you wrote the [Program X] case study for [Global Ranking Award]). And I will always remember that with gratitude. The entire team had done an outstanding job; we knew that before and now it’s recognized in the industry.

Thank you so much for your warm wishes. 

Technically, I help companies win awards. In reality, I help propagate great learning and development concepts and initiatives by earning L&D rock stars recognition for their efforts. By doing so, I make people feel great about their important work and their accomplishments.

And earning a living by making people feel great is a pretty fantastic way to spend my time.




Learning Program and Team Awards 2009-2014


ASTD Excellence in Practice

Technical Training Award
Training Management Citation (for new programs)
Learning Technology Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Leadership Development (x2) Award, Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Onboarding Citation
Sales Enablement Citation

Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning

Best Custom Content Gold
Best in Learning Strategy and Governance Gold
Best Leadership Development Program Gold
Best Innovation in Learning Technology Silver
Best Leadership Sales Training Silver
Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management Bronze
Best Use of Games for Learning Bronze

Brandon Hall Technology Excellence

Best Advance in Social Learning Technology Gold

CLO Magazine Learning in Practice

Technology Innovation Gold, Division 1
Innovation Gold, Division 1
Business Impact Gold, Division 2
Business Impact Bronze, Division 2


Learning Organization Ranking Awards


American Society for Training & Development

ASTD BEST #1 (up from #32 in one year)
#2 (up from #37 in two years)

ELearning! Media Group

Learning! 100 #1 (first year on list)

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

LearningElite #1, #4

Training Magazine

 Training Top 125 #1, #2 (up from #41 in one year)