Nominate? Cynic’s Guide to BCM Awards 2012!

Nominate your colleague or boss, or leave this article out so they’ll nominate you!

The BCI has launched their 2012 Global Awards. We’ve got a slightly controversial take on how to approach nominations and awards opportunities.

We think you should maximise the nomination process and stay realistic about the potential winning candidates. And here’s why…


“It’s not about the winning, it’s about the taking part.”   Here at Continuity Towers we’re a (usefully) competitive bunch so this kind of statement would normally get a cynical smile at most.  However, in the context of business continuity award nominations we’re all for the taking part.  Why?  Well, there are lots of things you can achieve without even posting the entry form!

  1. Considering who to nominate forces you to think about the achievements of individuals in the immediate BC and, perhaps, those surrounding it.  Making a list of who’s managed to achieve what can be cathartic and enlightening.  Even if you don’t nominate the individuals, taking a few moments to recognise the achievements – particularly if you can find a sensible way to acknowledgement them – can be rewarding to the individual in itself
  2. Suggesting that you’d like to nominate your boss or a colleague – as long as you genuinely mean it for all the right reasons – means you are actively discussing your recognition of their efforts.  It’s never wrong to remind people you appreciate them
  3. In order to nominate an individual for an award you have to submit an entry outlining the achievements.  Most of us are required to get such a nomination entry signed off by a superior, since the information we’re providing may become publicly available.  This means a superior will have to read the entry and ensure they understand the submission content: this means they have to note the achievements too… even if you never post the nomination.

The BCI Global Awards 2012 aim to “recognise the outstanding achievements of business continuity professionals worldwide” and “and ‘are a celebration of some of the amazing talent our industry has to offer”.

Anyone in the world can enter* any of the 7 categories.  The first six are judged by a BCI panel and the final one is put to a public vote:

  • Business Continuity Manager of the Year
  • Public Sector BC Manager of the Year
  • Business Continuity Consultant of the Year
  • Most Effective Recovery of the Year
  • New for 2012 – BCM Newcomer of the Year
  • New for 2012 – Business Continuity Team of the Year
  • Business Continuity Personality of the Year (public vote)

Winners will be bestowed with their titles on 7th November 2012 at the Gala Dinner accompanying the BCM World Conference in London.

The deadline for entries is Friday 7th September 2012.


We’re going to raise a few points here that won’t be popular with award organisers, nominees or winners… but we feel we have to, since we live in the same real world that you do!

Why the best in-house business continuity managers are unlikely to ever win an award.  We’ve all worked in-house.  We know that the best of the best business continuity professionals often end up working in environments that are so confidential that no entry is ever going to be made on their behalf.  To keep business continuity arrangements truly confidential they need a low external profile.  Thus many of the best continuity programmes will never be highlighted to those outside the organisation, and the Business Continuity professionals that run them would be the first to say that publicity, in this sense, is bad for them.

In fact, the cynical among our number often ask “Did Sungard win again?” This is not, you understand, because we think the very best managers work for Sungard, but because Sungard – who sell business continuity services to companies – are (a) able to explain exactly what they do in the nomination form (b) we presume they consider awards marketing opportunities.  The same often goes for consultants who benefit immediately from having their abilities recognised in a public forum.

And the wild allegations that you won’t win if your organisation doesn’t buy a table at the Awards Ceremony?   Yes, we’ve heard this one too.  We’ve even heard consultants advise their clients not to nominate themselves since they are unlikely to win without pouring some funds into attending the awards ceremony.  We’ve no comment to make on this one… but we’re happy to watch the outcome of this awards ceremony with you, if you like so we can all decide for ourselves?!

So, in summary:

  • we’d suggest you at least download and fill in a nomination form so you can use the process to achieve some internal recognition, even if the form never gets posted
  • if you can enter these types of awards, then why not have a go – what can it hurt?
  • if you don’t win, take comfort in the allegations as to why you might not have won that have nothing to do with your abilities or achievements – and see how many consultants/suppliers win to gauge whether you might have a point or not
  • think about buying a table at the awards event if you’re serious about mingling, upping your organisation’s profile or – maybe/perhaps/but we’re not alleging anything – winning!

Learn more about entering here.

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