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Leading Teams on the Fly

To be successful, team leaders must understand the difference between teamwork and teaming.

Republished with permission from the APMP NCA Fall eZine Capture and proposal team leaders face challenges inherent to our business: fluid team composition, multiple concurrent tasks and opportunities, competing demands, changing priorities, and short deadlines. Most companies have a permanent cadre of full -time capture and proposal professionals supplemented by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), consultants, and other specialists (contracts, pricing, Human Resources) for specific efforts. The fluid nature of capture and proposal teams creates challenges and opportunities for the team leader. To be successful, team leaders must understand the difference between teamwork and teaming. What’s the Difference? According to Harvard Business Review (HBR), teamwork is about stable teams of people who have learned to work together over time, for example, a Proposal Operations group. Teaming is “teamwork on the fly”: when we “gather experts in temporary groups to solve problems they’re encountering for the first and perhaps only time.” When … Continue reading Leading Teams on the Fly

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Prepare for 2020 with Training!

To remain relevant in 2020 and beyond, prepare yourself and your employees

Hindsight is 2020. You don’t want to look back at 2020 and regret missed opportunities. The new year brings a lot of uncertainties – but one thing IS certain. To win, you need to differentiate your company and your offers from the competition. The new fiscal and calendar year bring budget uncertainties, flat budgets due to cost cutting initiatives combined with modernization and emerging technologies, and perhaps even threat of recession. Opportunities to win new business and retain existing contracts may shrink due to these trends as well as category management and Smart Buying initiatives. Staying viable requires a carefully crafted discriminating value proposition in a crowded marketplace. To remain relevant in 2020 and beyond, prepare yourself and your employees. Harvard Business Review recently stated that “The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me. It means that training is going to have to be just as … Continue reading Prepare for 2020 with Training!

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APMP-NCA Webinar – What’s SUPS?

August 20, 2019 – 12:00PM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Are you looking for a way to better articulate your discriminating value proposition? This webinar will show you how to explain the Strengths of your offer that bring value to the customer. Using Lohfeld Consulting’s SUPS methodology – Strengths, Understanding, Process and Summary – attendees will learn how and then practice their proposal writing skills. All registrants will receive a mini case study and SUPS template to prepare for this hands-on learning webinar. DATE: August 20, 2019 TIME: 12:00PM – 1:00PM LOCATION: Online INSTRUCTOR:  Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP, is Vice President of Lohfeld Consulting Group, a premier business development, capture and proposal consulting firm that helps companies win government and commercial business. Her professional background includes 30 years of experience in project and proposal management, marketing, business development, capture, training and public speaking. She has served as President, Vice President, and Speaker Series … Continue reading APMP-NCA Webinar – What’s SUPS?

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The keys to winning government contracts | Amtower Off Center

An important discussion on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On July 22, 2019 on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group and Andy Patrichuk, partner and GM of Deep Water Point on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts. Topics include: market outlook, including the growth of “Best in class” contracts what companies need to do to make “go/no go” bid decisions the need to “influence” the RFP the power of relationships in the market Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.       Bob Lohfeld, CF, APMP Fellow, serves as Chairman of Lohfeld Consulting Group.  He has more than 30 years’ experience winning … Continue reading The keys to winning government contracts | Amtower Off Center

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