Ok – so let me tell you about Commitment. (I know – what do I know about commitment… I can’t even commit to updating my blog on a regular basis!) Regardless of my spotty commitment to babbling about myself and my moments of genius, I do know commitment when I see it in someone else.
The past few weeks have been filled with the most massive proposal efforts ever mounted by my team. Moments of stress, anger, exhaustion, humor, OTJ learning and overall craziness culminated in one giant heart attack at each submission. My team worked late nights, long hours and never complained about our company or the job they were doing (we did complain about others but they deserved it). Our proposal manager worked until Midnight on the last day to finish a proposal and was up again the next morning bright and early to make sure everything was packaged and on an airplane. Because of a missed fed ex deadline (I accept responsibility for that overly ambitious deadline attempt), one of our directors jumped on an airplane to deliver the more than 100 pound box at the last minute – ruining his Sunday afternoon that would have otherwise been spent on the beach ‘Solving the World’s Problems’. On another proposal, my VP of Business Development (who has been a part of this madness from the early days) was up until 4am working on numbers and cost and got up at 7am to get her kids to school before continuing on with the final proposal efforts. So if anyone asks me why I chose my ‘Island of Misfit Toys’, they only need to spend 5 minutes with the group to get their answer. There is a reason I would take the proverbial ‘bullet’ for these guys – they’ve earned my loyalty and my ‘mamma bear meets biker’ mentality. I just hope I can continue to make them proud myself and meet their expectations – this company’s loyalty and commitment is what keeps me going each day and is what makes me excited to pursue all the great opportunities that are out there just waiting for the Craig team to conquer.