Project Management

Behind the Scenes: Receiving the Kerzner Award

Robert Bulger

The PMI Educational Foundation administers the prestigious Kerzner Award, sponsored by International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to recognize a project manager who most emulates the professional dedication and excellence of Harold Kerzner, PhD, MS, MBA. The recipient is recognized at the PMI Global Congress—North America.

Receiving the Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management is an incredibly humbling experience. Colleagues start sending in glowing letters of recommendation and support, of which you never think you measure up. You spill your guts into 10 slides, worried that you aren’t putting enough of yourself into your slides or the speaker’s notes.

You upload all of these items and then proceed to answer a bevy of stock questions related to the content of the presentation. Do you write too much? How much is enough? And then the waiting starts…

Once you receive the congratulations email, the rush of travel begins. You hardly have time to breathe before a flurry of emails starts filling your inbox. But, don’t tell anyone you won. Well, you can tell your family and close friends, but be careful it doesn’t leak out. PMI likes its surprises, too. The sponsor starts emailing. How did they find out? And now you are trapped into the scripted appearances and scheduled deliverables that only a project manager could …

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