700 000 Tenders
On the 28 May 2018, Leads 2 Business celebrated the publishing of our 700 000th tender notice.
And like the publishing of the 600 000th, the 500 000th and all the big milestone tenders that have come before; I laugh at how fleeting the moment is. In fact, between that moment and now; L2B has published an additional 2000 plus tenders. Being then asked to write a blog article on this occasion, seems a bit late to the party.
Were we surprised by hitting that number? No. We’ve been looking out for it for awhile. In fact, we were hoping to hit it the Friday before.
The fact is, we’d hit 700 000 at some point. It’s guaranteed, like death and taxes. So whether we publish one tender a day or 100 tenders a day; the milestones will come. Does that diminish the accomplishment? No. The accomplishment doesn’t lie in the number. It’s taken years to get to this point. Numerous staff, current and past, have contributed by doing what needs to be done. Getting the work in, and getting the work out.
The usual words bandied about concerning the publishing of tenders is monotonous, routine, repetitive. I can see you’re just chomping at the bit, to become part of this exciting and glamourous data capturing world. Like all things, it isn’t that straight forward or that simple.
I’m a huge advocate of “It’s not what you do; it’s how you do it”. How you do something speaks volumes, and that “how” can be applied to any aspect of your life.
When attempting to come up with an approach for this article, two words kept cropping up; namely “consistency” and “preparation”. Consistency gets a bad rap. It’s usually lumped in with the “repetitive” and “monotonous” crowd. There’s nothing exciting about being consistent, clearly. But that’s what 700 000 tenders represents; consistency. What we did yesterday, is what we have to do
today. And hoping against hope, that’s something to be proud of.
Now, I’m a creature of habit. I like routine, and cannot abide surprises. My skill set is better suited to thoughtful preparation, rather than “fly by the seat of your pants” recklessness (much to the chagrin of those I work with). So I recognise when my colleagues also show consistency in their work, recognise that it isn’t always an easy process. Being reliable in this day and age, is hard and rare.
Preparation comes from seeing the bigger picture. It isn’t only today, that needs to be handled. Coming in early, and skipped lunches, staying late, doubling up to compensate for Public Holidays and downed websites, supporting colleagues and actively carrying your own weight day in and day out. These decisions are made throughout L2B (in every Department) every day to meet targets, meet and even exceed expectations and strengthen our internal Culture of Excellence. Scoff all you want. But like I said; it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. And quite frankly, if you want to be good at anything in your life; accept consistency and preparation and be better for it.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”
So let’s see if our habits get us to 800 000 by February 2020.
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I started working at Leads 2 Business in February 2005, and have served as Head of Department of Daily Tenders from 2007 until the present. I oversee both the Daily Tenders South Africa and Africa Departments.