Entries are being invited for the 2006 People Management Award, a major British industry honour that is organised jointly by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and People Management magazine. The aim of this annual award is to honour an outstanding achievement in the field of people management and development. The prestige of the award is reflected in the level of corporate sponsorship and support it receives, and for 2006 the scheme will again be sponsored by telecommunications giant BT. One of the things we real like about this award scheme is the way it is presented to potential entrants. The CIPD web site has a specific page outlining the benefits of entryto the People Management Award, something that other awards organisers could learn from. It explains that the very process of preparing an entry for the awards can have a positive and galvanising effect on an organisation or department. Previous finalists have all reported that the publicity and prestige associated with the awards has helped 'open doors' for them. On a practical level, the CIPD and People Magazine offer a number of events and publicity opportunities for the finalists and, of course, the winners. And going forward, the winner from the previous year will feature prominently in the judging and awarding for the subsequent year. To us, these awards are an excellent example of providing real value to finalists and winners over an extended period of time. And there's more. The People Management Award commissions a unique sculpture as a trophy for the winner. The original People Management Award sculpture was created in bronze by Robert Erskine and aimed to convey the idea of people working together to break through barriers and realise their own potential in the workplace. Since then, a new sculpture has been created each year, all with the brief of capturing the essence of "people, life, rhythms and direction". Each of these bronze sculptures takes between twelve and sixteen weeks to create and provides a unique and lasting trophy for the award winners.