The railway line from our town into London takes us right past Wembley, England’s national stadium. It’s a wonderful place – stunningly-designed, and an amazing arena in which to watch matches.
Whilst one would expect to get bored of the sight of it after so many journeys, or simply not to notice it at all, my heart never ceases to beat a shade faster every time the train rolls past: a sense of national pride, perhaps, combined with the aura of a place that’s inextricably linked to competition and victory. My excitement levels reach fever pitch when I’m occasionally fortunate enough to go to a game there – even if it’s a mere ‘friendly’ such as England’s recent 3-1 victory over Egypt, at which the atmosphere was quite wonderful.
Do you get that sort of buzz when you start to work on a new proposal? Is there a sense of excitement, of passion, of the significance and importance of the proposal effort. Do you get a the thrill from engaging in a doubtless-close, highly-competitive contest where only the most successful team can carry off the prize? Of knowing that – as a key participant rather than a mere spectator (indeed, at times, as captain of the team) – you’ll have to play your best to succeed, to use all of your skill and to inspire your fellow team members? Of the prospect of having fun whilst – and as a result of – playing? I certainly do: it’s at the core of why I continue to find proposal management to be such a wonderful, exhilarating and rewarding profession in which to work.