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POL is the Price of Leadership

Here is another Army acronym that some of you will be familiar with.  POL; that used to mean Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants, but for me, it now means Price of Leadership.  The concept is quite simple, really, but the practical application is more of a challenge.  Following, are some examples of what I mean.

When you’re the leader and in a leadership position, you must reward and punish everyone equally.  That only makes sense, right.  Sounds pretty straight forward and simple enough,  but everything changes when we add friends and family in the mix.  Man, you can’t hold your friends and family accountable like everyone else, right?

Not only can you, but you must!  But these are some of the people you have to live and socialize with.  You don’t want to cause tension at home or with your friends.  You fought and worked hard to get your promotion and new leadership position.  Now my friend, you are experiencing the Price of Leadership.  Everything has a price.  If you don’t already know this, you soon will.

Your favorite sports team is playing at home tonight AND you have a major report due to your boss tomorrow morning.  This game helps determine the playoff picture and the stadium will be packed.  You remember that your boss promised the Regional Office they would have her report in 2 days.  We know that you really what to go to the game, but you can’t!  This too, is the Price of Leadership.

Have you ever experienced the Price of Leadership?  Share your experiences with the group.

 

 

See you on the high ground!     

 

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The Shortcuts to Government Contracting

Part of my training and staff development in the U.S. Army included the Army Writing Style.  The Army Writing Style stressed B.L.U.F. That stands for, “bottom line up front.”  So, here goes – there are no shortcuts to Government Contracting!  Yeah, I know, the title appears to suggest there are shortcuts, but the reality is, there aren’t any.  I haven’t found any.  None of the smart people I know have found any.  There is only the process.

We have discussed the process many times over the past couple of years.  Our discussion of the process has not always been about Government Contracting.  Sometimes, the discussions have been about everyday tasks and how we can identify a process that lead to the successful accomplishment of those tasks.  One example was about cutting the lawn, while another was about kitchen renovations.

As you become more seasoned and better established as a Government Contractor, opportunities will begin to find you.  Until then, the best that you can reasonably expect is to have a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and win work.

To help ensure you win your fair share of bid opportunities, you have to read EVERY word of the solicitation, (several times) then, ensure you address every question or concern in the solicitation, dot every “I” and cross every “T” in your proposal.  Do yourself a favor; forget your quest to find shortcuts and just focus on doing your very best job on every solicitation and every contract award.

 

See you on the high ground!

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Memorial Day; after the Remembrances

Today we celebrate the rich history of selfless service to the nation by all the men and women that have laid down their lives to ensure our freedoms.  That is a debt of gratitude we can never truly repay, but we owe no less to the families of those heroes and she roes that made all our todays and tomorrows possible.

We have a generation of young Veterans returning from combat in foreign lands on foreign battlefields.  Many, if not most have been scarred for life, either physically or psychologically.  Many are returning to broken, foreclosed homes and staggering unemployment.  They are returning to a public and to a country they have spent the better part of the last 10 years making safe from terrorism.

The world that on this day is so very thankful for their service, but can’t seem to understand the value or relevance of the skill sets developed during that service.  How on earth is that possible?  How is it that a 21 year old that lead a squad or platoon of men into COMBAT can’t lead a group of employees at your company?

Will we just fire up the grills, eat way too much, settle in to watch the basketball game tonight and forget about who and what made it possible for us to enjoy those pleasures?  Or, will we redouble our efforts to find a real and tangible way to show our immense gratitude and appreciation for those who serve.  Hire a Veteran; it’s your civic and patriotic duty.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

 

 

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