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How to Enter The 2019 Operational Excellence Deployment Leader of the Year Awards

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The Global Head and Business Unit President Awards


Outstanding Leader Awards

These Awards will be given to the person who has lead the organizations through successful Operational Excellence deployments and delivered the most outstanding results for their organization.

The scoring and criteria are the same for each award:

  • Digital Transformation Outstanding Leader of the Year Award
  • Operational Excellence Outstanding Leader of the Year Award


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:

  • Career History to-date
  • Strategic objectives of the Deployment Challenge
  • Scope of the Deployment Challenge
    • number of business divisions in which deployment is a mandate
    • deployment geographical coverage
    • the penetration of the deployment across the organization
  • Organizational Impact of the Deployment Challenge
    • the extent of cultural change and people development levels
  • Business Results of the Deployment Challenge
    • All results must be shown in percentage terms, not absolute values. Where this is not appropriate, raw data will be accepted. There should be evidence of financial business results – earnings/ sales revenues/margins but the judges will also take into account the strategic relevance of the results achieved.


Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials to provide further insight to the deployment. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material.

Criteria for the Judging Panel

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

  1. Quality of Leadership: the effectiveness of the leadership role provided by the deployment leader
  2. Value Generation: how significant to the organization was the value generated from the  deployment
  3. Implementation: the quality of the implementation process in the deployment
  4. Organizational Learning: how did the organization develop as a result of the deployment
  5. Strategic Relevance: how does the deployment fit in with the organization’s strategic objectives

The Scoring Matrix Judges Will Use Is As Follows:



Quality of Leadership


Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of effective leadership


Score 4-6 - Entry shows the leader was reasonably effective in their leadership role


Score 7-10- Evident that the leader was significantly effective in their leadership role

Value Generation


Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive


Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive


Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive

Organizational Learning


Score 1-3  - No clear signs of organizational development through Digital Transformation or Operational Excellence


Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable levels of organziational development through Digital Transformation or Operational Excellence


Score 7-10 - Evident that there has been significant organizational development though Digital Transformation or Operational Excellence



Score 1-3 - Implementation process is not impressive


Score 4-6 - Implementation process is to a reasonable standard


Score 7-10 - Implementation process is of an impressive standard

Strategic Relevance


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


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


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

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Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

Guidelines for the Main Entry Document

Your submission should start with a 250-word synopsis and be confined to four pages of A4. This document is your central pitch, encapsulating all key aspects of your project.

  1. 250-Word Synopsis: This is an overview for the judges, providing a snapshot of your entry and guiding them through the significant outcomes.

  2. Document Length and Focus: Limit your document to four pages to maintain relevance and clarity. Judges prefer concise, fact-based entries over lengthy narratives.

  3. Attention to Detail: Adhere closely to the guidelines relevant to your category to avoid missing crucial points. Even small details can impact your entry's scoring.

  4. Effective Writing: Seek assistance from skilled writers, such as your Communications Department, for a polished and engaging entry. Well-written submissions often make a stronger impact.

  5. Consider Your Audience: Treat your document like a 10-minute pitch. Captivate the judges initially, and they will be more inclined to consider your entry favorably.

  6. Conciseness is Key: Avoid filling space with irrelevant content. An entry that is direct and to the point is often more successful.

  7. Results-Focused: Highlight key results such as cost reductions, sales growth, or productivity improvements. Use clear charts and factual data for a compelling presentation.

  8. External Review: Have your entry reviewed by someone outside your team to ensure clarity and objectivity. This helps in making your document accessible to external judges.

  9. Clear Structure: Organize your document logically with clear and informative visuals. A well-structured, easy-to-read entry will stand out in a field of numerous applications.

Remember, your entry is not just a formality; it's an opportunity to showcase your project's impact and innovation. Make every word count!

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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.

Enhancing Your Entry: Practical Tips

While some of these suggestions may seem straightforward, their importance cannot be overstated:

  • Thoroughly Review Guidelines: Ensure your entry adheres closely to the guidelines, covering all necessary information to avoid losing points.

  • Understand Category Requirements: Each category has specific requirements. Familiarize yourself with them to ensure your entry aligns perfectly.

  • Choose Your Best Work: Select achievements that best represent your strengths and success.

  • Adhere to Material Limits: Do not exceed the set page limits (e.g., 4 pages for the Main Entry Document) to avoid disqualification.

  • Conciseness and Relevance: Keep your entry focused and pertinent. Resist the urge to fill space with unnecessary content. Remember, brevity can be more impactful.

  • Professional Writing Assistance: Engage with your Communications Department for a well-crafted entry. Judges appreciate entries that are clear, engaging, and professionally written.

  • Objective Feedback: Get an unbiased review of your entry from colleagues outside your team to ensure it resonates with an external audience.

  • Treat It as a Pitch: Consider your entry as a 10-minute pitch to the judges. Captivating them quickly can lead to more thorough consideration and higher scores.

  • Highlight Results: Emphasize key achievements and outcomes such as cost reductions, sales growth, or productivity improvements. Facts and data speak louder than descriptions.

  • Proofreading: Have someone outside your immediate team review your entry for clarity and objectivity.

  • Correct Category Selection: Make sure your entry is submitted in the most appropriate category for a better chance of success.

  • Cross-Reference Supporting Materials: Link any charts, graphs, or reports from your supporting materials directly to your main entry.

  • Avoid Basic Errors: Pay attention to spelling and grammar to maintain professionalism.

  • Follow the Rules: Adhering to the rules is crucial. Attempts to circumvent them can lead to disqualification and diminish your credibility.


By incorporating these tips, your entry can stand out for its clarity, coherence, and focus on key achievements.

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