Inspiration via Aspiration

January 10th, 2013

Dustin Eli Brunson PhotographyI’ve said it before and it bears repeating: applying for awards makes you better.

Why? Here are just three good reasons:

1. You start playing to win. It’s happened with more than one award client. We’re talking about a certain program and applying for an award for that program and someone will say, “well, we really should do X” or “we really should add Y.” The implication is “…so that we have a better chance of winning” but the outcome is that the program will be better because of X or Y.

2. You get third party feedback. Many awards will provide judges’ feedback and comments after an award contest. This can provide invaluable expert perspective.

3. You get your measurement act together. Sometimes it’s simply the process of applying for an award that makes the metrics questions really hit home: What are we measuring? Why? What else could we be measuring? Of course the outcome isn’t just a stronger award application – you also get more compelling measures of your impact. And who doesn’t need that?

Aspiring to win is really just aspiring to greatness, with new inspiration.




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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)