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Public Enemies and the Process

Several weeks ago, as my bride and I were having an in-home movie night, we decided to order and watch a movie together verses watching a DVD or going out to rent a movie.  She was driving (had the remote control) and going through the channels rather quickly.  We saw and previewed what promised to be an exciting movie.  The movie was Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.  Johnny Depp was of course cast in the lead role as John Dillinger, the notorious gangster and bank robber of the mid 1930s and 1940s. 

I will not tell the story of the movie, as perhaps some people haven’t seen it yet and don’t want their viewing of the movie ruined by knowing the story before actually seeing it.  A little side bar here – don’t you just hate it when someone tells you the whole movie story before you’ve had a chance to see it yourself?  Me too!  To me, one of the most powerful and important parts of the movie is during a scene when Dillinger is being escorted to jail and all the reporters and cameras are all around him.  The police stop their march to the jail to allow the reporters a chance to interview the notorious John Dillinger.  One reporter asks him the million dollar question – how long does it take him to rob a bank?  The bold, confident and charismatic Dillinger smiles and responds – “I can be in and out of a bank in 1 minute and 40 seconds, flat!”  One minute and forty seconds, flat!  What?!  That’s ridiculous!  No way!  How on earth can he do that?  There may have been some of Hollywood’s creative and dramatic flair in that statement to add more excitement to the movie, but I imagine the real John Dillinger knew exactly how long it took him to rob a bank too.  He had to. 

John Dillinger knew how long it took him to rob a bank because he had a process and he followed the process each and every time he robbed a bank.  I imagine that Dillinger practiced and refined his process many, many times before he ever set foot in a bank, gun in hand and intent on robbing it.  I imagine that he took into account as many different variables as possible and war-gamed many different scenarios before knowing for sure that it took him exactly 1 minute and 40 seconds, flat, to rob a bank. 

Identifying the steps in the process and following them each and every time out is important, when, and this is critically important, that process leads to success.  Identify and document the process that leads to success for you.  Practice it and refine it, get better and better until you’re the go to person for whatever it is you do.  When you have practiced and refined your process for success, you want to repeat it over and over and over again.  It is equally important to know why we fail or succeed.  The processes you develop as we go along are all part of the BASICS.  Everything starts with the basics.  I believe that we can never truly get better at anything until we first master the basics.  We will learn and master the basics of Government Contracting together. 

See you on the high ground!              

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