Let’s not pussyfoot around this issue: It takes a decent amount of work to apply for awards—and you still have to do your day job. So will the time and effort you spend completing your application for the 2015 ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards really pay off? Last week, with the deadline for 2015 nominations looming, we posed the question to Andy Eibling, CSAP, vice president of alliance management at Covance.
“It’s worth the effort to go through the application,” says Eibling. Covance, a clinical research organization, and its biopharma company partner Eli Lilly and Company shared the 2014 Individual Alliance Excellence Award for a Longstanding Alliance—but even if the alliance hadn’t won the award, Eibling says the effort would have been beneficial. “As one of the side benefits, the discipline of working through the nomination caused us to go back and revisit the accomplishments of the partnership. Just the process of doing that was very valuable. We’ve used the nomination materials a lot internally within Covance, and across the alliance. It gave our team a very nice retrospective—‘wow, we’ve really done a lot here.’”
Of course, being selected as a finalist and then winning were thrilling. Eibling cites “both internal and external recognition for the alliance team” that Covance received.
“I think it added credibility to our competency development efforts,” he explains. “There are a lot of people who work really hard on this alliance, and having an external body review, critique, acknowledge, and recognize the results of our efforts was really valuable. Having an alliance that lasts this long and is recognized for the things its done doesn’t happen ‘just because’—it’s not happenstance.”
The Alliance Excellence Award also validates the value of a strong competency in alliance management—and reminds people of the accomplishments this competency makes possible.
“Our efforts to develop this competency, and our ability to deliver on the promise of the competency, were recognized,” Eibling says. “Participating in the awards process allowed us to review things we’ve done together in totality. People are busy and forget all the good things they’ve done. This reminds them.”
Awards Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 5, 2014
ASAP has extended until Dec. 5 the nominations deadline for the 2015 ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards, the alliance management community's most prestigious honor celebrating advancements in the increasingly critical practice of executing strategic alliances. As in previous years, finalists and award winners will be honored in a special ceremony at the March 2-5, 2015 ASAP Global Alliance Summit in Orlando, Florida USA.
The Alliance Excellence Awards acknowledge major corporations, mid-sized enterprises, start-ups and public-private initiatives alike across a diverse array of industries. In addition to Covance and Lilly, prior winners include Cisco, Coherence, Deloitte, DNDi, Federal Express, Harley Davidson, HP, IBM, Inspiration Pharmaceuticals, Ipsen, KPMG, NetApp, Novartis, Oracle, P&G, Roche, Sanofi, SAP, SAS, Schneider-Electric, Starbucks, Teradata, Turkcell, and Xerox.
Applications are vetted by the ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards Committee, which evaluates nominees’ creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that has evolved the art and science of alliance management, compelling and measurable results, and a general persistence in overcoming obstacles along the way. Click here to learn more and apply today.