the Recognition Professionals and building community
by Toby Barazzuol on Tuesday Apr 6, 2010

Today at Eclipse Awards we're excited to join the Recognition Professionals Association.  It’s our first time with this group and we’re looking forward to learning from the new ideas and people that it will expose us to.  Of course, we’re also looking forward to exposing them to our green awards and our approach to recognition.

As the economy continues to evolve, recognition is more important now than ever.  The growth of organizations like the Recognition Professionals Association (RPA) and the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) are a testament to the fact that more people want to understand the power of recognition and how it can be used to improve performance and make people happy.

At Eclipse Awards we were members of the ARA for over 10 years.  In fact, we still look forward to their annual awards convention in Las Vegas.  People from around the world gather there to see the latest in crystal awards, green awards, golf & sports trophies, and employee recognition awards.  This year though, we wanted to explore some fresh ideas, which lead us to join the RPA – largely because their philosophy of “Encouraging Excellence” is similar to ours.

The idea of associating with like-minded professionals is certainly not new.  The explosion of social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are a testament to the fact that we want to connect with other people and build community.  We want to learn from one another and share our experiences and best practices.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a recognition professional, a sustainability consultant, a school teacher, or a CEO – we all want to feel as though we’re part of a group.

And ultimately, recognition is about building groups and building communities– it’s about rewarding and encouraging the behaviours and people we like, and discouraging those that we don’t.  Through positive feedback loops we can begin to create the larger communities that we want to be a part of.  We believe that recognition and recognition awards can play a big role in this, which is why we've become members of the Recognition Professionals Association.

What communities and associations are you a part of?  How would you like to see them change and improve?  How do you recognize and reward the things you’d like to see?



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