Several years ago I wrote a blog post for entitled “Our girls”.  A quirky (dare I say “clucking good”?!) read on my belief that we should take stock of the things we do and feel proud of our achievements, the post promoted the organisation’s Rising Star Awards.  You can read the full post here.

I’m a stalwart advocate for putting yourself forward for awards and gaining the recognition you deserve. So, imagine my excitement when Black & White Office Consultancy announced the launch of their inaugural Office Management Awards and invited me to be a judge for both the “Office Manager of the Year” and “Newcomer of the Year” categories!

I am delighted to accept this invitation and can’t wait to work my way through the applications.  So, for those of you considering putting yourself forward for these accolades here are some considerations:

  • Be proud of your achievements! Let us know your reasons for nominating yourself.
  • It goes without saying that your submission should be professional (good standard of English, well presented, reflective of the seniority and responsibilities of your role…..). Don’t just limit yourself to a written application though as we’d be delighted to receive video applications that really showcase who you are and your reasons for nominating yourself.
  • Identify what you have done that makes you stand out from the crowd (in a good way!).
  • What adversities and challenges have you had to overcome and how? (and oh my goodness there have been some biggies in 2020 haven’t there!). Think about the barriers and obstacles you’ve come up against.
  • What strategies, ideas and initiatives have you spearheaded at your organisation that you are proud of?
  • What positive impacts and differences have your initiatives had on your team and organisation?
  • What evidence do you have to back up your claims and achievements – do you have testimonials/feedback from your Executives, team, customers, colleagues or clients?

Imagine you’re judging your own application – what feedback would you give?

This is a guest blog by Lindsay Taylor, Your Excellency Limited