AXIS Awards Application Submission Guidelines

The application period for the 2016 AXIS Awards is now closed. For future application entries, please keep the following points in mind as you prepare your application:

  • A separate application should be submitted for each initiative you deem worthy of recognition.  Your organization may submit multiple applications.
  • Any initiative which has been implemented and has demonstrated meaningful results is eligible for consideration.
  • Consulting companies can partner with clients to apply, however the application should be submitted by the client or in the name of the client with a completed proxy form.
  • Consulting companies may apply for an Axis award in their own name if their focus is on their own internal talent development efforts or if their work has positively shifted and influenced the Talent Development Profession
  • If your organization is selected for recognition, you may be asked to participate in a video montage for the awards ceremony.  Likewise, you may be asked to showcase your initiative at a 2017 chapter meeting, SIG event or at our annual regional conference.
  • Initiatives that fall into the categories listed below may be submitted for consideration. After submission, should the judges panel determine your application is better suited to another category, they will advise you of the change.

Award Categories

Each category may have up to two award winners, and there will be one overall 'Best of Show' winner.

Talent Management

  • Talent Assessment/Succession Planning: applying a systematic approach for identifying, assessing, and developing talent to fill key business positions and support career development.
  • Leadership Development: applying a systematic approach to educate, grow and enrich the skills, mindsets and knowledge of existing and emerging leaders.
  • Coaching: applying a systematic approach to improve others’ ability to set goals, take action and maximize strengths.
  • Talent Mobility: applying a systematic approach for facilitating career transitions that support engagement and retention efforts.

Organizational Development

  • Performance Improvement: applying a systematic approach for analyzing human performance gaps and closing them.
  • Change Management: applying a systematic approach to shift individuals, teams and organizations from a current state to a desired state.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: a systematic approach to creating a workplace environment and organizational culture with practices that encourage growth and development, learning from others and capturing the advantage of diverse perspectives.

Learning Solutions

  • Learning Technology: applying new technology or using technology in an innovative way to address specific learning needs.
  • Design and Delivery: designing and delivering formal and informal blended learning solutions using a variety of methods so the training is both engaging and effective.
  • Knowledge Management: capturing, distributing, and archiving intellectual capital to encourage knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

Managing Learning Programs and Teams

  • Strategic Planning: an approach of defining an organization’s (or a subset of the organization’s) strategy, making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, and guiding the implementation of the strategy.  This can include how talent strategy aligns with and/or enables organizational strategy. 
  • Evaluating Learning Impact: using metrics and analytics to measure the value of workplace learning and talent development solutions to the organization.



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