Totally disagree. The positioning of the Chairman’s Award is precisely and IMHO correctly done.
What is very lacking is information about how to sustain a team. And there could be more focus by FIRST and in the FIRST community in rewarding teams that focus on sustainability.
The KPCB award is the most appropriate. Most teams spend way too little time pursuing or thinking about this award. I think it is wrong that this award does not have any more status inside the FIRST community than it does.
I say this from a perspective of a team that has won RCA and KPCB awards.
Even though the EI is a higher ranking than the KPCB award we made a strategic decision to go for the KPCB at the recent Peachtree Regional.
We can take what is in the business plan (our mission) and the fact that there was recogition for our plan AND execution of said plan and put it in front of potential sponsor/partner/stakeholders/mentors/community.
I will be giving a lecture on this subject at FIRST Conferences 2010 in Atlanta for anyone wanting to learn more about achieving sustainability.
I don’t claim to be an expert but I am happy to share what we think works.