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Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2020

The Forum, with its knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, has organised annual Awards for Management Excellence since 2002, with over 200 professional services firms located worldwide entering to date, many on multiple occasions. Forum membership is NOT a pre-requisite for entering these Awards.

Purpose of the Awards
  • Help clients select advisers based on a rigorous independent process of evaluating initiatives that demonstrate either effective management practices, relevant support to clients, or enhanced community engagement.

  • Shine a spotlight on the vital contribution made by management experts to the strategy and smooth operation of their firms, and on their unique ability to share practical hands-on advice with their peers at clients on ways to improve management practices and boost employee engagement.

Key dates

Submissions  1 October to 30 November 2019

Shortlists       Early January 2020

Ceremony      Tuesday 3 March 2020

  2019 winners  Dinner booking form



• Read the Awards Guidelines

• Visit the Forum website to see previous winners, along with citations from the judges

• Request a Personal code to speed up entry submission, and receive tailored alerts. 
  Recommended but not obligatory

• Email Richard Chaplin or call him on +44 (0)20 7786 9786 with your questions


Introducing Themes

Instead of shoehorning an initiative into a pre-determined category, choose the Theme that best reflects the aspirations of your initiative:

  • Make your business more productive
  • Help your clients be more productive
  • Enable your community to flourish

Themes make it easier to focus on crafting the best submission possible.

Make your business more productive
A key challenge for management is how best to foster productive, healthy and sustainable working practices, and to develop and adopt innovations in management practices. In addition, numerous studies confirm that when a working environment is pleasant, productivity and employee engagement increase, and vice versa. Indicative categories include:

  • Access to knowledge
  • Advice from experts
  • Board engagement
  • Brand performance
  • Corporate culture
  • Culture tracking systems
  • Developing skills
  • Employer brand
  • Energy & attitudes
  • Financial acumen
  • Inclusive innovation

  • Judgement & leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Learning & development
  • Mould breaking firm
  • New or improved management practices
  • Strategic leadership
  • Strategy implementation
  • Thought leadership
  • Use of new technologies
  • Well-managed firm
  • Working environment

Help your clients be more productive
Professionals tend to describe themselves by their expertise (law, accountancy, architecture, etc) rather than by their contribution to their clients. This Theme addresses the common purpose of every professional firm, namely helping clients convert their insights into action. This may involve collaboration between firms, clients and external specialists such as financial institutions. Indicative categories include:

  • Business process advice
  • Collaboration with external specialists
  • Employee engagement advice
  • Innovative client service
  • Knowledge-sharing
  • Management practices advice
  • Strategy advice
  • Technology advice
  • Training advice

Enable your community to flourish
Community engagement has emerged as an excellent way for firms to develop their people in terms of both individual skills and teamwork, and to enhance the firm’s employer brand for new recruits, as well as to boost the engagement of current employees, while improving the community of which they are also a part. Indicative categories include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Environmental awareness
  • NED contribution to charities/education
  • Philanthropic engagement
  • Pro-bono activities
  • Service delivery in a non-work environment
  • Social mobility


For more information, email Richard Chaplin or call him on +44 (0)20 7786 9786.