The Constantinus Award Builds Pride In Our Profession
© CMC Today and Glenn Yonemitsu, FCMC, MBA, 2018 Constantinus International Gold Medalist

CMC-Global endorsed the Constantinus International Award competition back in 2011, leveraging off the great efforts of our colleagues from IMC Austria, who had been running a similar competition nationally since 2003.  

 
Glenn Yonemitsu, FCMC, Senior Executive Advisor - Ontario, High-Impact Firms, BDC Advisory Services, 
presents the 2018 Constantinus International Award to his client, David Ciccarelli, CEO, Voices.com 

As the Lead Delegate from Canada, I had heard much about this initiative, but I was not a true believer.  I said to myself, consulting in North America is different.  We deal with strict confidentiality and most clients would never want to share anything that was not working well in their companies.  That is the attitude I had for a number of years.

Don’t get me wrong, I truly appreciated the program and especially the passion and energy Alfred Harl, and his Austrian colleagues had for this program, that obviously brought great pride to the profession….in Austria.  But, did I think it could work in Canada?  Nah.

For a great number of years, I think this was the attitude of many of our colleagues in the 50 IMCs around the globe.

Fast forward to 2017.  CMC-Canada had some fresh faces around its Board table, they revisited the award program and reconsidered its participation and involvement in it.  Credit to Leigh Harris-Fowell, Mike Watson, and the Board, as they had an open mind about this program.

In 2018, CMC-Canada became a full participating country in the Constantinus International Awards.

As the Chair of the CMC-Global Delegates Committee (for CMC-Canada) we report to the CMC-Canada Board.  Given CMC-Canada’s decision to participate, we deliberated on how we can best support this program.  We didn’t have much time, so we decided that we would lead by example.  Each Delegate endeavored to submit a nomination to the program, so we could ensure there was an active competition in Canada.  Luckily, I had a few engagements that had delivered some outstanding results…but one in particular, where the client and our delivery team meshed especially well.  The results were fresh and the impact on the client’s company was incredible. 

I had the privilege to work with a great client at Voices.com and we were able to achieve their objectives with our consulting engagement.  But more importantly, because of the Constantinus Awards, the benefits were more far reaching and stronger than I had realized.

In the process of asking the CEO of Voices.com whether he would support the nomination of the Voices.com growth journey project, and writing our nomination, we had significant interaction with our client.  I cannot tell you how positive this was.  The mere fact that we were able to hear, from the CEO’s own words, how much he had appreciated the engagement, was benefit in itself.  But as we wrote the nomination, expressed and quantified the benefits, we received feedback on the impact of our work that we normally wouldn’t have heard.

The whole process also built up a pride within our delivery team.  Amazingly, of the four consultants on the delivery team, one was a FCMC (me), one was a CMC, one is in the midst of CMC certification, and the fourth, is now considering pursuing his CMC.

The award selection process was simple.  You submit your nomination to your home country…in our case CMC-Canada.  The CMC-Canada Selection Committee selects the top three projects, forwards them to the international competition, and then the CMC-Global Selection Committee selects the global winners.

We were fortunate to be one of the nominations forwarded by CMC-Canada to the international competition.  

In August, they informed us that we had been shortlisted for the finals.  You might think we then had a feeling of accomplishment and a feeling we could be victorious, but after you read some of the achievements of the other finalists, you realize that just being named a finalist is an honour in itself.  They were all outstanding.

The award ceremony was in October in Milan, Italy.  When the award ceremony day arrived, we went to the dinner….and one of my colleagues on the CMC-Global Board kind of said, “I think today might be a good day for Canada,” but they left the rest for my imagination.

When the country winners were announced and we won as the best project for Canada, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed.  I wasn’t sure if this was the “Miss Congeniality” award…. you know, the award that is given to someone who isn’t winning the big prize.  My partner saw it in my face and when I came back to the table, she told me not to worry.  So, imagine my surprise when our project was named the Gold Medalist and top project for 2018.  

My firm was very supportive, and our PR team was waiting back in Canada for the news.  Better still, my client’s PR manager was excitedly waiting for the news…along with the CEO.  And, CMC-Canada was anxiously awaiting the news.  

In summary, participating in the Constantinus International Award far exceeded my expectations.  There were benefits in terms of hearing how well my client appreciated our work, the pride it built in our delivery team and with the leadership team at my firm…. this was completely unexpected.  

I would encourage every consultant, who has a project they are proud of, to consider their involvement with this program.  I am a true believer.
 

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