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Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit (BTOES19)

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How to Enter the CEO of the Year Award

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results and business transformations.

Key Dates: 

May 21, 2018:   Awards Entries Open

September 28, 2018: Early Bird Entry Deadline

November 30, 2018: Awards Entries Close

January 21, 2019:  Awards Shortlist & CEO of the Year Announced

March 20, 2019: Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced   

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit in the beautiful Tuscan Ballroom on March 20, 2019 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™

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Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner

Tom Farrell won the CEO Of the Year Award with Dominion Resources. Dominion Resources is one of the country's biggest utility companies, with greater than $13 billion in revenue, more than 15,000 employees and operations in well over a dozen states. 

Farrell joined Dominion in 1995 and has served as an officer of Dominion and many of its subsidiaries. He was executive vice president of Dominion from 1999 to 2003 and president and chief operating officer from January 2004 to December 2005. In January 2006, Farrell was named president and chief executive officer of Dominion and was elected chairman of Dominion’s board in April 2007.

The Operational Excellence CEO and Outstanding Leader Awards

These Awards will be given to a CEO or Leader who has embraced and championed Operational Excellence methodologies for organizational success. 

There will be two CEO of the Year awards. The guidelines and scoring will be the same for both. 

  • Operational Excellence CEO of the Year Award. (Overall Corporate CEO)
  • Operational Excellence Business Unit CEO of the Year Award

Entry Guidelines & Rules

Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4.

It should outline the following information on the individual’s performance

  • The history of Operational Excellence at the organization
  • The strategic position on Operational Excellence
  • Insight into the CEO’s role within the deployment of Operational Excellence initiatives
  • The CEO’s biography from an Operational Excellence perspective
  • Key Operational Excellence achievements during the CEO’s time in office

 

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Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material.

 

Judging Criteria

The judges will consider the following criteria when grading all entries for this category:

  1. Results Generated: How significant to the organization was the value generated from the Operational Excellence deployment
  2. CEO’s Involvement: The extent and effectiveness of the leadership role provided by the CEO
  3. Penetration of Operational Excellence within the Organization
  4. Strategic Position of Operational Excellence

 

The Scoring Matrix is as follows:

Results Generated

 

Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive

 

Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive

 

Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive

 

 

CEO's Involvement

 

Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of CEO involvement

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of CEO involvement

 

Score 7-10- Evident that there has been heavy CEO involvement

 

 

Penetration of Operational Excellence

 

Score 1-3  - Operational Excellence has only moderately penetrated the organization

 

Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence has reasonable levels of penetration

 

Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has deep penetration throughout the organization

 

 

Strategic Position of Operational Excellence

 

Score 1-3 - Operational Excellence does not factor strongly within the organizational strategy

 

Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence plays a reasonable role within organizational strategy

 

Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has a key role within the organizational strategy

 

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Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner

 

Previous winner of the prestigious CEO of the Year Award, Mark Pigott (CEO, PACCAR, 1997-2013)  has been highlighted as one of the nation's leading CEOs by Forbes magazine, in their annual listing of the top ten CEOs in the country.

Under Mark Pigott's leadership as Chairman and CEO, Paccar  delivered a 1,700 percent total return to shareholders. Pigott's focus on quality and innovation resulted in Paccar receiving many J.D. Power and Associates Awards for highest customer satisfaction as well as International Truck of the Year Awards.

PACCAR has earned the distinction of being one of the nation's leading companies by ForbesBarron'sBusinessWeekIndustryweek, and InformationWeek magazine.

Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4

 

Read the guidelines thoroughly

Ensure you are following the guidelines specifically based on the category you are applying for – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score. It’s absolutely crucial that you pay strict attention to detail here, as there are subtle differences that can easily be overlooked. 

Enlist the help of your Comms Department

It is so obvious when a good, trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries, and in many cases, a well-written entry is more likely to win as it drives interest, and reads easily. 

View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study

You have to impress the judges, and you will probably at the outset get 10 or so minutes of their attention - If you impress them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry, and be more considerate on their scoring – that’s human nature! Impress them, and they will fight your corner when it comes to debating the winners.

Keep it concise and relevant

Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrevelant information. Many awards wins come from entries with word counts well below the requirement. Blank space on a space can be very attractive to a judge working through dozens of applications! 

Let the results do the talking

This awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give us the facts. Litter your entries with facts, clear charts, and a clean presentation, and you are bound to do so much better for it.

Get a colleague to proof-read 

Make sure that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be. An employee may not tell you exactly like it is, and you need someone slightly removed to ensure this is the case. This will de-internalise your document, and make sure that it makes sense!

A clear structure

Ensure your document is clearly laid out for the judges to make short work of your case study - make images clear and informative, try to avoid rambling, keep the facts at the forefront. Ensure the document is neat, and the writing flows easily - no text boxes all over the place!

Who Can Enter and How to Enter

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all companies, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence methodologies to deliver organizational excellence and outstanding business results.

There is no minimum requirement or restriction on the scale of the Operational Excellence project.  Each entry will be judged on the merits of the program implementation and results achieved against the organization’s strategic objectives.  

Please do take the time to read the Entry Guidelines & Rules section for each award category, the Criteria for the Judging Panel, and the Tips for Improving Your Entries to ensure you smooth entry for this prestigious Awards program.  

We look forward to receiving your entry submission the deadline date. 

Please do contact us at awards@proqis.com if you require any further assistance.

Make these Awards a priority now to ensure that you do not miss out on this great opportunity.

How To Enter

Entries must be submitted through our online entry form. 

Entry Deadline

The early bird deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, September 28, 2018
The final deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, November 30, 2018.  

Price of Entry

$195.00 if received before Friday, September 28, 2018

$295 if received before Friday, November 30, 2018.  

Tips for Improving your Entries

 We apologise is some of these sound like common sense.

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score.
  • Follow the guidelines – this makes it easier for the judges to find the information they need and to compare entries.
  • Understanding the categories and their distinct entry requirements.
  • Select the best – so ensure that you have selected your best achievements.
  • Don't exceed the maximum limit for materials, (e.g. Main Entry Document 4 pages), for each part of your entry – this will only result in potential disqualification.
  • Keep to the point, concise and relevant; don't elaborate unless it will truly enhance your entry. Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrelevant information.  Our award team have work many programs, and they regularly see award-winning entries, which are shorter that the pagination allowed.
  • Enlist the help of your Comms Department – it is so obvious when a good trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries.
  • Seek an objective opinion – ask colleagues from another division to give you their honest opinion on your draft entry.
  • View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study
  • Let the results do the talking.
  • View your Entry as a 10-minute pitch opportunity – you have to impress those judges. You will at the outset get 10 minutes of their attention and if you have impressed them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry – that’s human nature!
  • Let the results do the talking – this awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give them the facts.
  • Get a colleague to proof-read – not one of your team members but someone from another department or your partner to make that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be.
  • Think about the right category for your entry – ensure that your entry is submitted for the category where it stands the best chance of winning.
  • Ensure that you cross reference charts, graphs, reports, etc. from your supporting materials to the relevant point in your entry form.
  • Avoid classic mistakes such as spelling and bad grammar.
  • Don't try to bend the rules – this only irritates the judges and you run the risk that your entry being disqualified.  

 

Common Pitfalls we see in Entries to Avoid.

  • Very poor presentation of the facts.
  • Too much irrelevant material.
  • Links that do not lead to the right information.
  • Blinded by too much data and not enough narrative.
  • Not concise, relevant and to the point.
  • No mention of the customer benefit?
  • Too long – they broke the rules.
  • Did not select the best materials to submit.

Previous Winning Case Studies

This awards program started back in 2006, as The Global Six Sigma Awards and took place in conjunction with the Global Lean Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, and quickly became the industry’s most prestigious program. This was not only due to its size, but importantly due to the two-step scoring & judging ratification process, a strict policy to avoid no conflicts of interest, and a confidentiality agreement that judges sign-up to, which still exists in today awards.

BTOES has taken over this elite awards program and has taken it into the new age of Operational Excellence focused not just on Lean Six Sigma and incremental improvements at the operational level, but also strongly aligned with strategy execution, value creation, customer experience, and business transformation to create the future.

Please click here to view a list of previous winning case studies