What Separates the Strong Business Development Director From the BD Wannabe

What Separates the Strong Business Development Director From the BD-Wannabe?

Thinking Outside-of-the-Box Most people think in a consistent manner, the next step following the last, seldom getting a step out of order.  Thinking out-of-the-box drives a new direction, one not expected, with the unexpected becoming the expected. Listening; Going Beyond Hearing This can well make the difference in the shape of a bid.  It is one thing to pick up on the problem or the challenge, but to understand the subtleties of the cause of the problem or challenge can differentiate a solution as well as a bid. Knowing What You Do Not Know Anticipating or being aware of factors, events or circumstances not immediately identifiable is valuable.  You do not have to know exactly what you do not know; rather you need to be on the lookout, plan for the unknown, and be ready when it rears its head. Unrelenting Focus On the Client, and the Client’s Client Having a client focus drives a totally different mindset and manner of thinking that is invaluable to a BDD.  Going an additional and very important step is to focus on the client’s client, as this is after all what drives client performance. Asking For Help When You Don’t Need It Any work product can be improved; help is often available simply for the asking.  Seek those having diverse backgrounds, as you will see views you haven’t thought of before. Being Authentic You must be genuine, to yourself, to your colleagues and to your clients.  Imitating someone else is weak and apparent.  You cannot remember someone else’s behavior and get it right every time. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on each skill/attribute of a bonafide Business Development Director provided by Bob Lam. Bob is the principal and founder of Bob Lam Solutions and is affiliated with GovProp.  Reference Bob’s forthcoming book People Buy From People at his website BobLamSolutions.com. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]]]

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