Bridging the Gap: The Value of Hiring Consultants to Grow Your Business
Striving small business owners are often skeptical about the benefits of hiring consultants, “Isn’t outsourcing something that only top earning companies can afford to do? Why pay a consultant for services that my business can do for itself?” Even the savviest of small Government contractors can get caught in the trap of neglecting customer-focused core competencies to attend to the necessary day-to-day operation of their company. Continue reading “Bridging the Gap: The Value of Hiring Consultants to Grow Your Business” »
Win it, Then do it
I was in a proposal meeting the other day listening to team members discussing their first draft. When the discussion turned to how we were going to win the work – the focus turned to writing about our great technology. It soon became evident that most of the writers had not studied the evaluation criteria which government reviewers would use to decide who would win the contract. Continue reading “Win It, Then Do It” »
The Value of Government Debriefs
I was in a meeting with a client the other day. A heated discussion developed around a particular feature in their latest product and how we should design it for the user. No one around the table had a good answer. I remembered that a recent contract debrief from the Government addressed that very issue. Once we reviewed the debrief, we knew which path to take.
Has this ever happened to you? Please share your experiences.
Replacing a Rainmaker
One of our clients, call them Highland Technology, has one individual who has, for the last 10 years, brought in more contract funding for our client than anyone else in the company. He is a real rainmaker.
Lately, he has been talking about retiring. For Highland Technology, a small company, it is a scary thought that your main source of contract opportunities and funding will soon no longer be with the company. This is a common problem for many small companies. Continue reading “Replacing a Rainmaker” »