2020 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners

EFMD is delighted to announce the 2020 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners.

Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) have recognised outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent, Organisational and Ecosystem Development.

The 2020 Silver Award Winners in the following four categories are:

Organisational Development

Dublin Airport Authority (daa) & Trinity College Dublin
“A journey from a to what can be – The future factory programme”

Commenting on this award, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “We are honoured that our Future Factory initiative, and our collaboration with Trinity Business School has received the EiP Silver Award for Organisational Development from EFMD. This partnership between our two organisations exemplifies how we are fostering a culture of innovation by stimulating the hearts and minds of our colleagues through this customised programme. The Future Factory, which creates and tests new projects around the airport’s campus has produced a range of initiatives enhancing the passenger journey through Dublin Airport. Its new challenge is to explore what initiatives can be developed to reflect this new COVID19 era.”

“Trinity Business School is delighted to receive the EiP Silver Award for Organisational Development together with our partners, daa. In a time of great uncertainty, this achievement reflects the benefits of investing in people and a culture of innovation as a means of driving agile organisational transformation,” says Michael Flynn, Director of Executive Education at Trinity Business School.

Talent Development

Elevate RAP Working Group & AGSM @ UNSW Business School
“Emerging indigenous executive leaders programme”

“AGSM@UNSW Business School is proud to have collaborated with the Elevate RAP Working Group and Professor Mark Rose to create the Emerging Indigenous Executive Leader Program (EIELP). We are honoured that EIELP, with the objective of cultivating the next generation of future, senior Indigenous business leaders in Australia, has been recognised by EFMD. Since completion of the program, the vast majority of participants have made a career move, increased their well-being and capabilities and positively impacted their organisation. A number of participants have also gone on to start MBA’s and PhD’s. With the completion of three cohorts, the program alumni are now shaping and influencing the future not only of Indigenous Australia but Australia,” says Eva Freedman, EIELP Program Director at AGSM.

Amanda Tootell, Programme Manager Community, Service Zone North NSW, Services Australia, EIELP Alumni and now AGSM Adjunct Faculty added: “Having been a career public servant for some thirty years, I have attended copious internal and external leadership courses, all immersed in western thinking with a transactional bent. The EIELP opened up a new world of transformational learning to me. I was invited to embrace and tap into my heritage and cultural self and apply these to executive strategies and leadership. The freedom of thought, innovation, and kinship I have gained in working with the EIELP alumni and faculty has been profound. I believe that the relationships, opportunities, and future of this program and the alumni will continue to support and pave the way as we continue our walk to sovereignty, reconciliation, and recognition.”

Professional Development

Coromandel International Limited & Murugappa Group – Management Development Centre
“VidhyaOnline: A digital learning platform for enhancing salesforce capabilities at Coromandel”

Reacting on this recent achievement, G. V. Subba Reddy, VP & Divisional Nutrition Head at Fertilisers Division (South Zone) commented: “VidhyaOnline is a very useful tool in educating field force in technical and behavioral topics. The modules, rich with animation, gamification, and infographics, are in line with the business plan thus helping our field force to enjoy enhanced knowledge and improved performance. End-of-module assessment highlights the strengths and improvements for learners to take necessary actions. I congratulate Mr. K. Muralikrishna (Coromandel) and MDC E-learning team in creating and launching this useful tool for our sales team and wish them the best for future endeavours.”

Madhab Adhikari, AVP – Sales & Marketing for Specialty Nutrients Division (SND) expressed his joy: “The modules have been useful to the SND team delivering the following benefits: (1) Excellent medium for learning on the go. (2) Used regularly by field-force to refresh their knowledge before meeting customers. (3) Excellent platform for new employees to learn about the products and behavioural sciences. (4) The design and format of the modules are top-notch, yet easy to understand and remember. I feel the team’s knowledge has improved significantly through VidyaOnline initiatives and there is definitely a strong positive impact on the business.”

V.Kulayappa, farmer and end-consumer from Chintakayapallayam village in Andhra Pradesh, expressed his gratitude: “Agronomist Mr. Khasim has suggested specific fertilisers that made a huge positive impact on my crops. I am so delighted about the yields. I will take advice from Mr. Khasim and use only Coromandel products in future.”

Ecosystem Development

Enterprise Ireland & ESMT Berlin & IMS Marketing
“Focusing the response of Irish business to Brexit – Enter the Eurozone programme”

“Helping Irish companies enter new markets in the Eurozone is a great cause on its own. Receiving the recognition from the EFMD community motivates us to keep up the good work with our great partners Enterprise Ireland and IMS Marketing. We are excited to bring program design and delivery to the next level and look forward to developing more Irish business leaders in the upcoming cohorts,” commented Nan Guo, Program Director at ESMT Berlin.

Kevin Moran, MD at IMS Marketing added, “IMS Marketing are delighted to receive this award along with our partners, Enterprise Ireland and ESMT Berlin. The vision for the ‘Enter the Eurozone’ Programme was to deliver best-in-class educational content and business mentoring to enable an ecosystem of progressive Irish SMEs to enter a new Eurozone market in a strategically-led way. It has to-date proven this success and I have no doubt that this prestigious award from EFMD will further enhance the reputation of this excellent programme.”

Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland also commented: “Irish companies are recognised as some of the most innovative and flexible in the world, and bringing the Irish Advantage to our closest Eurozone neighbours has never been more important. The Enter the Eurozone Programme provides a strategic stepping stone for ambitious companies to begin exporting to this region, and I am delighted that EFMD has chosen to recognise the achievements of this Enterprise Ireland initiative which is in partnership with ESMT Berlin and IMS Marketing.”

Finally, Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD, congratulated all the winners of the EiP Gold Awards: “We are delighted to continue recognising the strength of partnerships which enhance the Learning & Development within an organisation. This year, with more than 40 submissions spanning across different continents and industries, we came across many exceptional cases illustrating the power of multi-partnership collaborations and testifying to the impact of investing in human and organisational development. In the current context, providing an environment that helps to develop people and enhance their skills is now more essential than ever.”

“The 2020 edition of the Excellence in Practice Awards has been an all-time success: more partnerships than ever submitted a case and jury members had again a challenging task in deciding on award winners. The all-virtual process has proven an asset in these pandemic times, conditions which make us already curious for next year’s batch of applicants. As from here the sharing and exchange can start. Thanks to all applicants and congratulations to the winners!” added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference, 21-23 October 2020.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Silver Award winners there were Gold Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 15 March 2021

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmdglobal.org/EIP

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact Florence Gregoire.