Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Join OD Network
Community Search
Awards Criteria and Descriptions

Click Here to Download Awards Criteria and Descriptionsin PDF.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Purpose

This award is given in recognition of a Network member who has made a significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development through their professional accomplishments, served the profession over an extended period of time, has earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and has freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also been committed to maintaining a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are recognized for outstanding conceptual contribution and fundamental advancement in the field and practice of OD. In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address the nominee’s commitment siting examples of as many of the following criteria as possible. The nominee has repeatedly demonstrated:

  • Writing, speaking, teaching, and delivering public presentations that have significantly contributed to the development of the field, the body of knowledge required for effective OD practice and building understanding of the value of OD brings to organization
  • Contribution to professional literature (e.g., has published highly-respected work; is a frequently cited source in books and journals; has created a body of work that has enhanced the practice of OD)
  • Challenging our way of thinking about the practice of OD and reinterpretation of existing theory as to enhance understanding of the profession
  • Significant client/community impact through the application of OD theory, principles and practices while working client engagements.
  • Commitment to others through teaching, mentoring, writing, speaking, blogging, and sharing information
  • Communication of the purpose, principles, values, and the impact OD offers the larger world such that the value of OD is increasing understood and positively impacts market demand for well-trained OD practitioners grows
  • Global and/or national recognition for her/his contributions
  • Exemplifying the values and practiced the principles of OD in his/her own behavior

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. One Sharing the Wealth award may be presented each year. Previous recipients are not eligible for and may not be recognized with this award multiple times. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

Organizational Excellence in OD

This award recognizes organizations and their leaders that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to organization development and organization effectiveness within their own operating practices. Organizations receiving this recognition may be large, small, not-for-profit and public organizations from around the world that have shown a strong commitment and recognize the importance OD has played in the success of their organization.

This award identifies, salutes and honors companies / organizations and their C-level executives throughout the business community. While there are many aspects to a business' success, leaders are at the forefront of their organizations and bear responsibility, utilizing their ingenuity, creativity and experience to keep their organizations sustainable.

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are recognized for demonstrating and following a systems approach to change and development within their organizations. Not-for-profit, public, and corporate organizations and their leader are eligible. Nominees with have undertaken a recent organizational shift with support from an OD professional(s). In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address one or more of the following, providing examples of how the nominee:

  • Demonstrates leadership within their role with the organization and how they determined the need for support and how the relationship with the OD professional developed
  • Incorporated OD strategies and values as an integral component of the organization's culture, values and principles and leadership excellence
  • Demonstrated organizational success and value of a systems approach to stakeholders including customers, employees, community, suppliers, shareholders, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment – financial, behavior modeling, recognition, etc. - significant to ensure impact and sustainability
  • Aligned OD strategies with business or mission strategy and developed OD competencies within the organization, at all levels, especially leadership

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. Up to three Organizational Excellence awards may be presented each year. Previous recipients are eligible for and may be recognized with this award multiple times provided additional service has amassed. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

Sharing the Wealth

This award was established in honor of Kathie Dannemiller, a gifted teacher/mentor, and one of the most respected consultants of her era. Her passionate, engaging, and direct style affected many people profoundly both by what she said and did, and how she listened. Kathie contributed to the theory and practice of OD by co-inventing an approach to working with large, complex issues, now known as Whole-Scale Change. Kathie taught and used this approach around the world in hundreds of organizations and communities.

Award Purpose

This award recognizes OD practitioners who, like Kathie Dannemiller, have gone above and beyond to freely share their knowledge, expertise, and methods with others. Award winners in this category clearly demonstrate the spirit and values of generosity by committing significant talent, time, and energy to ensure the potential, diverse and unique professional gifts are recognized enabling such gifts to be sustained in the wider community and through future generations of OD professionals.

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are recognized for consistently and willingly reaching out – particularly to underserved communities – to share their knowledge and expertise, related to generosity, giving voice, connecting the head and the heart and calling into greatness, all core values associated with Kathie Dannemiller’s approach to change work. In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address one or more of the following, providing examples of how the nominee:

  • Invites less seasoned professionals to actively partner in “stretch” projects, work assignments and internships
  • Contributes time and energy pro bono to make expertise more widely available
  • Supports others’ ability to share their experience and knowledge with wider audiences
  • Creates and makes accessible resources for those wanting to learn and explore
  • Passionately demonstrates the belief that everyone in a community can make a significant contribution; has worked to ensure all voices are valued and heard

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. One Sharing the Wealth award may be presented each year. Previous recipients are not eligible for and may not be recognized with this award multiple times. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

This award was established in honor of Fred A. Miller to acknowledge significant contribution and sustained service of individuals in support of the OD Network.

Service to the OD Network Award

Purpose

This award recognizes OD practitioners who, like Fred Miller, who’s service to the OD Network, over an extended period of time, has strengthened or enhanced the Network resulting in an increase of the Network’s credibility and impact.

Award Criteria

This award honors individuals whose service to the OD Network, have gone above and beyond volunteer contributions to serve our profession and our member while modeling the values and behavior of the network. In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address one or more of the following, providing examples of how the nominee:

  • Actively participated in defining strategy for the Network and the implementation directly resulting in advancement toward established goals
  • Exercised servant-leadership inspiring others by modeling initiative, accepting and carrying out additional responsibilities
  • Provided services to members or others on behalf of the Network
  • Developing or leading vital new initiatives for the Network
  • Fostering mutually beneficial, innovative and creative alliances or partnerships for the Network
  • Making continuing, valuable contributions to the Network’s key activities
  • Worked collaboratively with other Network volunteers, looking for synergies and inspiring others achievements

Members' Choice Award

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. Up to three Service to the OD awards may be presented each year. Previous recipients are eligible for and may be recognized with this award multiple times provided additional service has amassed. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

Our membership makes many valuable contributions each year by our members to both the practice of OD and other members. This award offers members the opportunity to acknowledge and honor other members’ contributions, learnings and successes.

Award Purpose

This award honors individuals and groups for their contribution to the field. The contribution may be an innovative use of a new tool, sharing lessons (even “failures”) so others may grow, mentorship, challenge / encouragement, etc. The Member’s Choice Award gives OD Network members the opportunity to highlight individual or individuals who have had the greatest influence on their learning, development and operational practice.

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are nominated by those who have been impacted and influence directly by the nominee or their body of work. In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address one or more of the following, providing examples of how the nominee:

  • Leverages a particular theory, how it is used and the impact of results
  • Mentors and helps with personal growth, development of individual practice, citing how the relationship came about, how it worked and the difference it made
  • Developed and shared an innovative and / or cutting edge methodology, how it was applied and the impact
  • Integrates spiritual and cognitive approaches in their to organizational change and transformation work
  • Is the “go to” resource for tools, techniques, theory, shadow consulting, application, etc.

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. Multiple Members' Choice Awards may be presented each year. Previous recipients are eligible for and may be recognized with this award multiple times if nominated by a different member. Note: all nominations must come from an OD Network member for this award. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

This award recognizes the individual or individuals for outstanding contribution to the OD Network’s professional publication,OD Practitioner

Outstanding Article of the Year

Award Purpose

This award recognizes the outstanding, substantive, research grounded article published in the Network’s professional, peer-reviewed, publication in the current year.

Since 1968, the OD Practitioner (ODP) has been fostering critical reflection on OD theory and practice and sharing applied research, innovative approaches, evidence based practices, and new developments in the OD field. The ODP welcomes articles by authors who are OD practitioners, clients of OD processes, Human Resource staff who have partnered with OD practitioners or are practicing OD, and academics who teach OD theory and practice. As part of our commitment to ensure all OD Network programs and activities expand the culture of inclusion, we encourage submissions from authors who represent diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual practice, economic class, education, nationality, experience, opinion, and viewpoint.

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are recognized for outstanding contribution to the Network’s professional publication as recognized and nominated by the ODP Editorial Board. In completing the nomination application, the Editorial Board shall address one or more of the following, citing examples that the article:

  • Offers innovative theory and practice
  • Expands and provides a new perspective on current theory and practice
  • Is clearly written, accessible, and well organized, with case examples that demonstrate how to translate theory into practice
  • Has the potential to be a resource for use in classrooms, workshops, and/or consulting situations
  • Describes the outcome or desired outcome following application

Award Description

One award will be presented each year in recognition of a single article. Previous recipients are eligible for and may be recognized with this award multiple times. The ODP Editorial Board selects the recipient of this award, whichis presented at the OD Network Annual Conference.

more Calendar

10/14/2017 » 10/17/2017
2017 OD Network Annual Conference

New to the Network

Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal