New #insidestory award for Future Leaders

When we launched the #insidestory awards for 2016 we said we had a few things up our sleeves that we’d announce soon.

So, now we are really pleased to tell you about three new aspects to the #insidestory awards.

  1. A new ‘Future Leaders’ category for the #insidestory awards
  2. We’ve introduced some additional rewards to the Clare Latham award
  3. We are inviting the shortlisted entrants to both the Future Leader and Clare Latham awards to come to meet our judging panel to help us conclude who the winners and highly commended awards will go to.

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  1. Future Leaders, why have we introduced this and who’s it for?

This category has been created to shine a light on the work and potential of individuals with less than seven years’ experience in internal communication and employee engagement. Those nominated in the category will:

  • Be a high performer in their current role
  • Demonstrate a flair for leadership
  • Show commitment to internal communication and employee engagement
  • Come with at least three recommendations or testimonials
  • Be 35 or under and have up to seven years’ experience in internal comms and employee engagement

Entries or nominations for this special award should be no longer than 1500 and adhere to the criteria below. Make sure you provide evidence, data and the recommendations.

The ‘Future Leaders’ category can be entered by an individual themselves or a colleague may nominate an individual – it’s that simple.

We have introduced this category to put the spotlight on those who are budding leaders, in the early years of their careers and about to step up to their next challenge. We want to reward their work so far and help them to make the next step, which is why we’ve created a reward package to help them to do just that.

It’s more than worthwhile entering this award for the experience of the entry process, but with the chance to get your hands on a course worth £1275 + VAT from PR Academy, accredited by the University of Chester, or a bursary of £500 or a day’s professional coaching it is a great opportunity to further your career.

 

The Future Leaders criteria

  • The individual – You can either nominate someone, or yourself for this category. Include a brief background of the nominee’s internal communication and employee engagement experience and personal values for management including how long they’ve been working in the profession
  • Achievements – summary of the top achievements supported with relevant evidence
  • Professionalism – evidence of their commitment to professional standards and contribution to development of internal communication as a strategic function in an organisation or for a client
  • Creativity – an explanation of the creative processes used in a range of campaigns, including illustrations where appropriate
  • Outputs and outcomes – a summary of the approach taken by the individual to conducting research and examples of the communication and business outcomes achieved

 

What will you get if you win or are highly commended?

There will be one overall winner and two highly commended winners from the shortlist*. The winner will take home a beautiful award and certificate to keep and the highly commended entrants will receive a certificate acknowledging their success.

In addition to being a winner, getting a super plaque and certificate, this award will support the winners in their career development, so we’re going to give the winner and highly commended entrants a mix of the below:

 

The winner gets one of these:

  1. A place on the new PR Academy Communication Leadership and Management course, accredited by the University of Chester, starting in April 2016 (the course runs for six months)
  2. £500 learning bursary to spend as you choose on professional development and learning in internal communication and employee engagement
  3. A free one-day session with a careers coach

 

And all of these:

  1. One to one mentoring from a CIPR Inside Committee member for six months (including two face-to-face meetings)
  2. Present an award at the 2017 #insidestory awards event
  3. A day work shadowing a committee member

 

And the winner and both the highly commended individuals get all of these:

  1. A place on a CIPR Inside Committee project team
  2. Guest blog spot on CIPR Inside blog (three posts over the year)
  3. Winners’ lunch with CIPR Inside Chair, Jenni Field and Vice Chair Steven Murgatroyd and the Clare Latham award winners.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get those entries and nominations in, get your work rewarded and boost your career in internal communication and employee engagement.

You have until 20 November for standard entries and 27 November for late entries.

 

See more about the entry process and categories here including pricing and how to pay

 

  1. Adding value to the Clare Latham award

 

This is the fourth year of the #insidestory awards and they are proving successful, but there’s no room for complacency and we always like to keep improving upon what we do.

This our third year for the Clare Latham award introduced in partnership with scarlettabbott to honour and

Clare Latham

Clare Latham

remember Clare who was an outstanding communicator and member of the scarlettabbott team.

This year we’ve introduced the Future Leader award and we wanted to add some more tangible benefits for the individuals winning these awards. It is with this in mind that the menu of rewards available to the Future Leader winners are now being offered to the Clare Latham winners and highly commended entrants.

Rewards for the Clare Latham award winners and highly commended entrants:

 

The winner gets one of these:

  1. £500 learning bursary to spend as you choose on professional development and learning in internal communication and employee engagement
  2. A free one-day session with a careers coach

 

And both of these:

  1. Present an award at the 2017 #insidestory awards event
  2. A day work shadowing a committee member

 

And the winner and both the highly commended individuals get all of these:

  1. A place on a CIPR Inside Committee project team
  2. Guest blog spot on CIPR Inside blog (three posts over the year)
  3. Winners’ lunch with CIPR Inside Chair, Jenni Field and Vice Chair Steven Murgatroyd (and the Future Leader winner and HCs)

 

  1. The judging panel

 

We’re introducing a face to face element for the Clare Latham and Future Leader awards.

There’s a lot that a great communicator can put into writing, but for such personal award entries, meeting you face to face will help the judges find out more about you and it gives you the chance to shine beyond the written award entry.

The judging panel day will be set for the end of January or beginning of February 2016 taking place soon after we’ve announced the shortlist. If you’re entering these awards, please bear this in mind. We’ll publish the date soon and send you the date once you’ve entered so you can keep the date free. When we announce the shortlist at the end of January 2016, you’ll know if you will be attending the judging panel day.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries and the judges are getting lined up ready to do their assessments.

 

Remember, early entry deadline is midnight on 20 November, and late entries will be accepted until 6pm on 27 November.

You can read all about all of the categories here and pay for your entries here.

*we normally shortlist five entries, depending upon the number and quality of entries received.

If you have any queries at all please either email ciprinside@gmail.com.

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