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2016 Governor's Team Excellence Award

Award to a Delaware State Government
Employee Group for Outstanding Teamwork

GrantWatch ID#: 176294
Agency Type:


State of Delaware - Human Resource Management


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Award to a Delaware employee team from a state agency or court to recognize outstanding teamwork. The selected team will be recognized for outstanding leadership, team dynamics, and communication in providing excellent service and measurable results. Nominees will be judged on the quality of their team operation and measurable outcomes.

Each year, one team is selected to receive the Governor’s Team Excellence Award. Team members are presented with certificates and a citation on the Award’s permanent plaque. The Governor presents the award at an event hosted by the team’s home agency.

Teams considered in the final selection process may be recognized as finalists, and all teams nominated for the Governor’s Team Excellence Award are acknowledged and recognized by their agency.

The criteria for the team evaluation are grouped in two categories: Team Operation (weighted at 50%) and Results (weighted at 50%). Teams must excel in at least one criterion from each of these categories.

1) Team Operation

Teams address many complex challenges and are structured according to the task at hand. Effective teams have operations with these characteristics:

-Leadership – Excellent teams become role models for other teams in the organization. They focus on goals, excel at communication and lead their agencies to higher standards.

-Alignment with Organization Mission and Strategic Goals – Teams exhibit clarity of purpose in executing their charters and achieving goals in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan.

-Use of Best Practices, Continuous Quality Improvement and Measurement Tools – Effective teams use group processes and fact-based decision making, employ tools and techniques that solve problems, improve work processes and create environments of continuous learning.

-Team Work Processes – Successful teams strive for excellence with every task, excelling at communication, organization, employee and customer involvement, decision making and improvement strategies.

The nomination submitted will be evaluated in the areas of problem identification, root cause analysis, team approach, and solution implementation.

2) Results

Results are measurable outcomes that contribute to the overall success of the organization. Results need to be aligned with the organization’s mission and represent measurable and sustainable performance. Statewide and/or national recognition may already have been achieved. Examples of outstanding results include:

-Superior Operating Results - Permanent teams that produce outstanding results in direct support of the organization’s primary mission.

-Outstanding Task or Project Completion – Temporary teams that solved a major problem, completed a difficult task, or provided a timely emergency response.

-Excellent Customer–Focused Results - Teams that addressed customer concerns and produced a direct and positive impact on customers.

-Major Cost Savings - Teams that have produced significant resource savings in staffing effort and/or direct costs.

The results of the team will be evaluated in terms of significance to the state and the general public, and the tangible and intangible results achieved by the team.


At least a portion of the work being considered must have been completed in 2016.

Teams with six to 20 employees of state agencies and the courts are eligible.

Teams with fewer than six should apply for the Delaware Award for Excellence and Commitment in State Service.

Note: Most high performing teams consist of a core group of no more than 20 people. Nominations with over 20 team members will not be considered. It is strongly recommended teams with more than 20 identify a core group or consider nominating multiple teams.

Email nominations to with the subject line: Governor’s Team Excellence Award

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