Our second Proposal Guys Panel topic challenged our ‘panellistas’ (comprising proposal professionals from around the world) to: “List the ten adjectives that best describe a successful proposal function”. BJ and I also took on the challenge, as did a few of our team. Here’s what came out on top:
Collaborative / co-operative
…adequately-staffed, adrenalin-junkies, amazing, analytical, appreciated, appropriately-utilized, capable, cohesive, commercial, committed, communicative, compassionate, competent, content-sensitive, continually improving, curious, determined, direct, disciplined, effective, efficient, efficient, empowered, energetic, energising, even-keeled, experienced, facilitative, first-class, focused, forward-thinking, hierarchical, innovative, inquisitive, insightful, inspired, level-headed, linguistically-aware, meticulous, motivated, motivating, optimistic, original, patient, perceptive, perfectionist, persistent, personable, persuasive, planned, proactive, questioning, quick, reliable, resilient, responsive, sales-oriented, sceptical, self-starter, skillful, structured, structured, team-oriented, team-oriented, thick-skinned, thorough, tireless, trustworthy, well-read, and winning!
Needless to say, a few of the more cynical contributors added in their alternative lists, and one of the team kindly pointed out that “one man’s adjective is another man’s cliché” (thanks, Jeff!). I did rather enjoy some of the following:
fun-loving, humorous, incompetence-tolerating, insane, landfill-filling, masochistic, overly-optimistic, tree-killing, pizza-loving, underappreciated, weird.