I fell into a conversation recently regarding the different character traits of folks likely to be successful in the different roles within a proposal centre. To illustrate, we talked about where one would be most likely to find each individual at their happiest.
The favoured milieu for proposal manager, I reckoned, would be the war room. They’d never be happier than leading a group session, cajoling the team into visualising and realising a truly successful proposal.
Meanwhile, the proposal writer would make the occasional foray to a subject matter expert’s desk – getting them to pour out information to be turned into polished text. But their ideal lair would be the quiet corner of the office – somewhere to hide and concentrate on their editing, in peace and quiet.
And the document manager would be found contentedly at their desk, playing with the document – until the closing stages when the lure of the hot presses would prove necessary and irresistible when the document had to be printed.
Where do you go to play during the proposal effort – and to hide?