I read the comics in local newspaper while eating breakfast each morning. I occasionally have pangs of guilt for doing so, as it can seem somewhat childish to be reading the “funnies”, as my father would have called them.
Indeed, some of the comics are quite childish. However, others are socially and politically oriented (Doonsbury) and hit close to home (Dilbert). I often come across nuggets of wisdom that are brilliantly expressed within a comic strip. In fact, the vehicle being a very brief and humorous one adds greatly to the message’s clarity and it being memorable.
And occasionally I come across a strip that delivers a nugget of wisdom that is relevant to our profession. One such strip was today’s Pickles.
As I’m sure many of you have experienced, many proposals seem to be written solely to ‘say something’ rather than to deliver any clear message. These are typically in response to an opportunity that has “fallen off a truck”, rather than having been qualified and a fully informed decision taken.
The second demonstrates what happens when we’re not really listening. Fortunately, that just doesn’t happen on a proposal team. Right?
This comic strip is fairly memorable, at least for me, as I’ve had this conversation a time or two with my wife. :)