Hey folks. Historically I have made no bones about the fact that sometimes I’m not entirely sure I play well with others.
I often say “Sure I’m a team player… if the team doesn’t suck.”
Well, at this specific moment in time I have two major projects on the go and a third awaiting confirmation from the funding agency.
What all three of these projects have in common is an exceptional team that makes me want to go the extra mile to make sure we exceed expectations.
Today I had an amazing phone conversation with a past client we are looking to do a new substantial short term project with. The only reason this senior manager was in the office on the Monday before Christmas when much of her staff was off on well-deserved holiday leave was to help shepherd the proposal through the hurdles that face a partially government funded project.
She is totally committed to this project, which will make accessing much-needed services easier for a specific segment of the population of British Columbia.
We have had two group meetings around strategy and messaging already. She understands that I’m not just the guy with the lights and the camera.
I can be glib. I can be quite candid. I can be no-nonsense. I can also be quite Peter Pan-like at times.
But I also buckle down and work harder for those willing to work alongside me.
This client has earned me at my best. Now we wait to hear if the funder comes through.
The take-away message from all of this?
If you want your service providers to work hard for you, lead by example and show that you are as committed to the project as you are asking them to be.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two other exciting projects to edit while I wait for confirmation!
Thanks for reading!