No Time For Second Best

For Steve Brindle, a partner at Advoco, there is only one way to push forward: by focusing on being the best. “I concentrate on things I am going to be good at. If I don’t think I will be, or I don’t have the time to get there, it’s not something I spend time doing. Mainly because I don’t want to be second best at anything, so instead, I put energy into my strengths, always striving for my best.”

Don’t be afraid to shoot for the best possible outcome with your projects. That way, you’ll be preparing yourself to have a successful project. Allow the innate need for first and best to propel you forward.

A reward for pushing for best is that other people will take notice! And you never know when you might be recognized for what you’re doing…

“We had one client we worked for and we ended up getting a major award,” explains Steve. “I assumed that it was typical for them to give out when a project was completed, but as it turns out, it was a quite prestigious award. We did work hard on that project, but we hold ourselves to a high standard for all projects and interactions. The fact that the client recognized the work we put into the project was rewarding.”

So ask yourself, are you making time for second best, or are you pushing for first? Go into your projects striving for nothing less than your best.

Until next time…We are Advoco, make every minute count.

About Steve: In addition to being a founder and partner, Steve is Advoco’s resident math whiz—he has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego (his thesis was on the Total Curvature of 4-Dimensional Manifolds in 7-Dimensional Space), and a first class honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, U.K. Steve is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and heads up our consulting practice. With over 20 years of technical project and program management, Steve consults with clients to solve the challenges that arise within complex systems. He is especially good at bringing together systems from multiple vendors within highly regulated environments. Have a question for Steve? Send him an email!


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