Atlanta Prism Awards

Hi, Everyone!

Linda and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to the 2010 Prism Awards in Atlanta.

We arrived Tuesday afternoon and were the guests of honor at a cocktail party held on the rooftop of the W Hotel, arranged by Jodie Charlop & Betsy Pickren.  They invited the entire ChangeWorks community to stop by for a drink and conversation — and it was great to spend some time with so many of our colleagues in Atlanta. Thank you, Jodie & Betsy!!

All day today, we were the guests of Augusta Horsey-Nash — Co-Chair of the Prism Awards (and ChangeWorks Practitioner!) We had another opportunity to connect with many of our graduates — and meet a LOT of wonderful professionals, many of whom showed a genuine interest in our work and learning more about ChangeWorks! Thank you, Augusta!!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Prism Awards are an annual event sponsored by the Georgia Coach Association that seeks out, recognizes and celebrates organizations that have implemented coaching at a significant level and in a remarkable way.  Each year, awards are given out in three categories: small business, large business and non-profit organization.  For more details about the event, the nominees and the winners, check out the official website:

Augusta and her team put on a wonderful event, including great presentations, great food and a great learning and networking experience for the more than 200 professionals attending.

The keynote presentation was delivered by Susan Scott, author of “Fierce Conversations” — and she was both informative and FUNNY! She was also quite provocative, challenging the audience to rethink many commonly accepted beliefs and practices promoted in the world of human development.

Among them, she challenged the practice of administering 360° anonymous assessments. Susan shared her perspective by highlighting the disconnect between a company’s desire to have an open, supportive, honest, and “fierce” environment and their choice to use an “anonymous” tool that clearly goes against that desire.  I found it VERY thought-provoking — and would love to get your opinions on the matter.

I’ll share what Linda and I personally learned from the event in my next post.

Thanks again to Jodie, Betsy, Augusta and all of the ChangeWorks team members who took time from their schedules to spend time with us.



3 Responses to Atlanta Prism Awards

  1. It was great to see you and Linda here, and I’m glad you enjoyed your Prism experience!

    I, for one, loved Susan Scott’s naming of the elephant in the living room, re: the “annonymous” part of a 360. I’ve worked with people who have more energy around figuring out who might have said what in the report than they do on learning from the data… sigh, why not just have a direct — fierce — conversation? Why not give clear, direct and helpful feedback frequently?

    Hope your travels back were smooth and traffic free!

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for sharing! The nonprofit I work for, in Illinois, sponsors an annual small business award, so I enjoy seeing what other programs are out there across the country. Glad to hear the Prism Awards were so beneficial for you.

  3. Eugenia says:

    Congratulations. It’s wonderful to have your life’s work acknowledged. Sounds like the event was very well done. Glad you were able to enjoy it.

    I read about Susan Scott’s opinion of the 360 degree assessments online recently. She made some good points. Giving a good review is difficult to do well, especially without training, which few people probably receive. A lot of managers are easily seduced by reading a book on a management subject, which can made an ill-conceived idea into a generally accepted fad.

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