Every year, March is an exciting month at EFQM as we host the EFQM Award Assessors Briefing Weeks in Brussels. This year, no less than 68 assessors from over 20 countries joined us in Brussels over a period of three weeks. This is the start of the Award process, and like every year it was definitely an interesting experience. Over these three weeks from mid-March to beginning of April, different teams joined us in our office to start their Award Process.
The first day of each Briefing Week, was dedicated to the opening presentation and explanations of the agenda of the week. Russell Longmuir, EFQM CEO, kicked off the first Briefing Week with a welcome speech as well as an update into what has been happening at EFQM over the past few months. Each team then gets together to work on their Applicant’s management document. At the end of day one, a drink was organised in the EFQM offices to officially welcome all the teams to Brussels and wish them the best for the Award Process! This year was extra special with a sneak peek of the Model 2020 process presented by Samuli Pruikkonen.
Day two, is always dedicated to meeting the representatives from the Award Applicants to ensure that the Assessors understand the environment their allocated organisation operates in, its challenges and more. End of day 2 is then marked by a dinner all together at the Courtyard by Marriott Brussels, next door to our office.
Finally, the third day is focused on working hard on each Applicant’s profile and management document and preparing the site visit.
Here are some the thoughts from our Assessor Teams!
Henk Bijl, EFQM Assessment Team Leader
“What a great team spirit! So please at how quickly we became a team, it was phenomenal. We are energised by the applicant and looking forward to the site visit.”
Rafael Abajo, EFQM Assessment Team Leader
“Our meeting in Brussels to prepare for the assessment is a great opportunity to build the team but also to feel part of an excellence community full of spirit.”
Norbert Kaiser, EFQM Assessor
“The team’s briefing event has been a clearly targeted meeting for exchanging individual knowledge on the applicant and for discussing their strategic challenges and themes. The presentation of the applicant was – for both parties – not only useful to get in touch personally, but also for clarifying team questions, preparing site visit and discussing role model issues. In total, very well prepared and executed by EFQM, the ATL and the team!”
Graham Hull, EFQM Assessment Team Leader
“Great to be working once again with a great group of experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds all committed to doing an excellent assessment in the Global Excellence Awards process”
Check out some pictures from these two weeks here: