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m The Profile Form       


To downlaod a Profile Form click  here



l The Rules  

Rules 1 – 7
Nominations and Profile Form:
1. The competition is open to all office staff and senior employees in South Africa, with the exception of the Award patron, sponsors, their advertising and publicity companies.
2. Only 1 nominator is allowed. If more than one person from the same company sends in a nomination form for the same boss, the first entry to arrive, is the valid entry – the other entries will be considered as supporting material.
3. The nominator has to have worked with this boss for a minimum of 12 months.
4. Only 1 boss can be nominated per person, per year.
5. The official Profile Form (which follows on the nomination) needs to be filled in and signed by the nominator. (There are prizes involved applicable to the nominator should the entry reach the finals; the two supporting people requested in the entry form do not qualify for the prize).
6. Closing date for Nominations is Friday 15 June 2012. Closing date for PROFILE FORMS which are required to be filled in by all successful nominators is Thursday 12 July 2012. 

Rules 7 – 12
The 15 semi-finalists:
7. The selection committee’s decision on the 15 semi-finalists is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. Nominators will be notified and their names, as well as the names of their semi-finalist bosses, will be published.
9. Nominators have to complete a supplementary questionnaire.
10. The 15 Semi-finalist bosses are now required to sign acceptance of their entry, and of rules 13 to 23 in order to proceed to the next round.
11. Nominators and their semi-finalist bosses need to be sure that they are comfortable with, and respectful of the word “boss” before they agree to go to the next round. (See here)
12. Nominators and their semi-finalist bosses need to submit a hi-res quality head and shoulder colour photographs. 

Rules 13 – 18
The six finalists:
13. Finalist bosses have to be available to be interviewed on the telephone and/or on air.
14. Finalist bosses and nominators have to be available to attend final judging round and evening cocktail function held in JHB, on Saturday 6 October 2012 - Travel assistance and accommodation will be made available if required.
15. Finalist bosses and nominators have to be available to attend the National Bosses Day Luncheon on 16 October - held in Johannesburg on Tuesday 16 October. Travel assistance and accommodation will be made available if required.
16. No finalist may be re-entered for a period of 3 years.
17. The prizes for finalists and nominators are not redeemable for cash and must be taken up within the period of a year or within the period stipulated by the Sponsor 
18. The prizes are not transferable.             

Rules 19 – 23

The elected titleholder:
19. The elected Boss of the Year®, as a new role model, is expected to undertake public speaking engagements as requested by the marketplace.
20. The elected Boss of the Year®, is expected to avail him/herself for interviews as requested by the media and/or organised by the Award's publicist.
21. No correspondence will be entered into and the judges' decision is final.
22. The prizes for the titleholder and nominator are not redeemable for cash and must be taken up within the period of a year or within the period stipulated by the Sponsor.
23. The prizes are not transferable 



l Why the Boss of the Year® Award keeps the word "Boss" in it

The decision two decades ago to use this word was based on what is still valid today: It is the only word that has meaning for all levels of employees.

Both people at grassroots or in the upper eschelons of corporate, in conversation, refer to their superior as the “boss”.

Equally, it is the only is the only term which is a common denominator for those whose job title signifies a position of being in charge of an organisation, a team, a department or shopfloor.
The word boss as a noun simply means person who is a leader; takes the lead; holds a leading position.


Words carry emotions and not everybody sees the word boss as outdated or derogatory. Boss remains a respectful way of addressing a person to acknowledge that person's leadership or authority.

For those who argue that the word boss carries the wrong connotation, the same would apply to the following words:

· manager: a boxer has a "manager"; employees are not boxers

· supervisor: sounds autocratic, as a child needs an "adult supervisor"

· team-leader: sounds odd and he doesn't really "lead", sounds like the army

The argument becomes valid if:
(1) people today still think of it in Afrikaans terms as ‘bass’, referring to the apartheid period in history when people of colour were expected to use it to infer their inferior rank in life – which is no longer the case.

(2) boss is used as a verb, which is not the case in the Boss of the year Award, where it is a noun.


Origin of the word BOSS

Some authorities claim it originated in Egypt about 5200 B.C.; others, in Greece during the sixth century B.C.
The most reliable sources agree that it originated in the time of battles during Rome's Punic Wars against Carthage (264-146 B.C.).
Soldiers selected a small stone (called a "leader") and threw it first.
Then larger stones would be thrown at the "leader," and the stone coming closest to it would score.
The game provided exercise and relaxation for the soldiers. Teams were composed of two, four, six, or eight men, and the score would range from 16 to 24 points per game.

The word for leader became bottia in Renaissance Latin or Vulgar Latin, meaning boss.
From Vulgar Latin many Romance Languages developed.
Bottia therefore developed into the Old French Boce and Italian Bocce.
Bocce refers to an Italian game of bowls which derived from the essence of ancient Rome’s soldiers game referred to as above.

The Dutch form baas derives from base (baes) and appears in English from the 1620s as the standard title of a Dutch ship's captain.

It is also said that the first boss arrived in English-speaking North America on November 28, 1635. This is the entry for that date in the journal of John Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay: "Here arrived a small Norsey bark, of twenty-five tons, sent by the Lords Say, etc., with one Gardiner, an expert engineer or work base, and provisions of all sorts, to begin a fort at the mouth of Connecticut."

That base was the Dutch word we now know as boss. Ironically, boss Gardiner was building a fort to keep out the Dutch, who had settled New Amsterdam (later New York) to the south. But the English language readily admitted the Dutch word. And boss grew in popularity over the years, gradually taking the place of master as the latter became associated with slavery.


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