And the Winners Are… Not Us!
Posted by Ellen on October 19, 2008
Brandon Hall has posted the 2008 Excellence in Learning Awards winners….
… and ASTD has announced winners of the Eighth Annual BEST Awards (you’ll need to join ASTD to see the descriptions of why each organization, but at least you can see the listing of organizations that won online).
Ready? Close your eyes if you don’t want to see a repeat from last year. Okay, here goes:
WHERE ARE OUR AWARDS?!?!??!
“Our” = training initiatives from within the association world.
If it’s indeed true (someone provide me with the documentation for this, please) that associations are responsible for more training than the corporate world, then why isn’t the education that takes place within associations being honored?
Don’t most people join associations for professional development through networking and education? I’d even argue that research data, benchmarking, white papers, and other membership benefits are part of PD — aren’t we able to perform our jobs better when we have good research and other resources at hand?
I tried entering the BEST Awards when our asynchronous course went live. They refunded my money, telling me that entries had to be about internal training — training for direct employees. That’s too bad, becuase as I filled out the application form, I was amazed at what we accomplish: two full-time, dedicated education staff members reach thousands of association members, providing over a dozen educational programs each year, at amazing value. Maybe those amazing statistics (cost per learner, ratio of staff to learners, etc.) that triggered the ASTD folks to contact me — I challenge any corporation to accomlish with their employee training what associations are able to do for their members. And on our budget, no less!
Yes, most of the innovative training is happening within corporations. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t an interesting landscape, that the view of training from our association mountaintop isn’t as awe-inspiring.
If only we had a way to show it off!