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Process Improvement Excellence Award

Process Improvement: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Consistently invents or improves tools, processes, or systems.
  • Constantly asks, “how can we do this better?” and “why do we do it that way?”
  • Frequently considers non-traditional approaches.
  • Regularly identifies problems, but focuses on potential solutions.
  • Proactively seeks feedback and involvement from constituents.

Rising Wreck Award

Rising Wreck: One person; award of $2,000; employees with one to three years at Tech

This candidate:

  • ​Demonstrates leadership qualities that align with the Institute’s Creating the Next Visionary Leader vision.
  • Goes above and beyond without fanfare.
  • Takes initiative to solve problems and improve work situations without being promoted.
  • Exhibits reliability, perseverance, and focus on results.
  • Demonstrates operational excellence in their area.

Excellence Award

Excellence: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Is involved with transformative, larger-scale efforts.
  • Achieves results that impact a large constituency of Georgia Tech employees.
  • Extends efforts across multiple Georgia Tech departments, units, or entities.
  • Sees the bigger picture—the connection and inter-relation of people, processes, and technology.
  • Exhibits a willingness to take on any responsibility necessary to achieve success – not only the figurehead or convener role.
  • Possesses both initiative and the ability to follow through.

Partnership Award

Partnership: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Cultivates mutually beneficial partnerships at international, national, or local levels.
  • Identifies and nurtures strategic partnerships to better align Georgia Tech’s activities with the needs of others.
  • Seeks new partnerships while leveraging existing ones.
  • Expands the professional network of our students, faculty, and staff for mutual gain.
  • Seeks relationships and connections among constituents, inputs, and outputs.
  • Participates in collaborative problem-solving, breaking down boundaries and/or creating new relationships to improve the way work gets done.

Spirit of Georgia Tech Award

Spirit of Georgia Tech is open to an individual or team; prize of $2,000; only 1 year of experience at Tech required; can be awarded five times.

This candidate:

  • Supports and upholds the mission and vision of the institution.
  • Possesses character and professionalism that make working at Tech better.
  • Creates a significant, positive influence in the workplace.
  • Acts with dignity and integrity.
  • Demonstrates service excellence to all.
  • Works well with their colleagues and strives to do their best, while inspiring others to do the same.
  • Treats all community members with respect.

Leadership in Action Award

Leadership: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Effectively motivates, influences, and develops both groups and individuals to achieve Institute goals.
  • Overcomes differences to achieve agreement.
  • Inspires change or productivity in others.
  • Motivates others without formal authority.
  • Exhibits a willingness to take on any responsibility necessary to achieve success – not only the figurehead or convener role.
  • Develops trust and credibility through open, respectful communication, and by demonstrating accountability.

Service to the Community Award

Service to the Community: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Engages in activities that help others within the Georgia Tech community or outside of the Institute.
  • Has a positive impact on others.
  • Offers service above and beyond their formally defined job in order to meet the needs of others.
  • Demonstrates a true concern for humankind by offering their time, talents, or both.
  • Embodies Georgia Tech’s commitment to public service.

Creating the Next Award

Creating the Next: One person or team; award of $2,000; employees with at least one year at Tech

This candidate:

  • Regularly evaluates situations, gathers data, and uses the data, to identify opportunities for change.
  • Embraces change as an opportunity for growth and innovation.
  • Approaches their work with a focus on inventing tools, processes or systems.
  • Embraces change as an opportunity for growth and innovation.
  • Produces concrete and tangible outcomes.