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    The Mad Dash to the Finish Line… “Never Again”

    November 13, 2011

    A cautionary tale of the perils and pitfalls of proposal deadline day

    On the wall of my former manager’s office hung a testament to how, despite the best of intentions, a large proposal involving dozens of people and countless hours of effort can easily come down to a frantic, last-minute tear through the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau.

    This testament was a photocopy of a bid receipt – the document that is issued to confirm a proposal has been received by deadline. The time stamp was 2 p.m., which, incidentally, had been the cut off time. The proposal had been delivered and accepted, literally, at the last minute.

    Upon the photocopy my manager had written “Never Again.”

    Which begs the question – How had it come to this?

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    Know the System. Win More Often.

    November 13, 2011

    Welcome to The Proposal Centre’s new blog.  Through our blog, and the resources available on our website, we openly share our knowledge in writing winning proposals.

    Knowing the system goes a long way towards proposal success.  In this blog we will  help you understand the system by covering a wide range of proposal-related topics including:

    • Proposal management and proposal concepts
    • Proposal writing hints and tips
    • Stories from the proposal management front lines
    • Insights on specific government organizations or specific contracts/contract vehicles
    • News on public sector procurement policies and activities, particularly in Canada

    Our first post (at least the first after this intro) will resonate with many of you who have done proposals before.  As one commenter previously stated “Proposals are our corporate fitness program”. Enjoy!

    We would love to hear your feedback and questions, so please don’t hesitate to add your comments or contact us directly. We wish you all the best success in your bids and hope you find the information we share helpful in your pursuits.

    Kind regards,

    Keith Parker
    President, The Proposal Centre