Team Awards Ceremony

Giving awards to your team for something unique and special about them is a great way to honor their contribution. When people are recognized they get a hit of serotonin, one of the feel good hormones. Recognition also reinforces positive behaviors.

In a team summit last week, Jamie Drake, VP of Sales at Leadership Strategies, presented awards to the Core Team in a unique way. Instead of just handing us awards, she gave us a worksheet with the names of the rewards and had each of us guess the recipient. Then, she announced the person that guessed the most correctly would win a prize.

After we all wrote down who we thought would win each award, she told us the correct answer. An interesting result was that though we often got it “wrong”, we honored more people this way because many different names were guessed for each award.

It was a fun and unique way to recognize our team.


  1. Decide on a unique award for each team member.
  2. Create a worksheet, like the one pictured below, with the names of everyone on the team at the top and the awards listed below.
  3. Explain the instructions and allow the team 3-5 minutes to individually guess who each award recipient is.
  4. Announce each award.
  5. Ask who had the most correct answers and give a prize.

Here are some of the awards Jamie gave our team:

  • Relentless Follow up for Business Award
  • LinkedIn Posting King or Queen Award – posting consistently
  • The Dive Right in Award
  • The Responsiveness Award – responds to texts about oppies VERY quickly
  • We Need to Track You Down for Hours and Expenses Award
  • Leader of Masters Award!
  • Shared the Most of Our Client Successes on LinkedIn Award
  • Save the Planet Award
  • The Double Life Award
  • Consistently Provides the Least Amount of Words for Proposals Award
  • The Overall Kind and Thankful Award
  • The DEI and B Award
  • “Yes, I Can Award!” – Always Finds a Way to Get a Solution Going for a Client
  • The Global Participants Award
  • Most Powerful Haircut Award


Giving awards and asking the team to guess who won them is an engaging way to recognize people on the team.

About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, Team Consultant Academy, and FORWARD, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.

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