Entries by BOOST

Cyber Strong

It’s Friday the 13th with Halloween just a few short weeks away (side note: where did this year go?). What frightens you, growing GovCon? Often its lack of differentiation, lack of funding, stale growth, stiff competition (at lower rates!), budget cuts and finding qualified, capable teammates. Here’s one more ill to add to the pile…Cyber Compliance. At BOOST, […]

Island Life

The ubiquitous aspiration of many a small government contractor is the $100MN revenue mark followed by the sale of their business (no doubt at a lofty multiple) coupled with the purchase of a private tropical island complete with oceanside beverage service.  Much like an old wives’ tale, the reality in such assumptions is lacking but […]

Work…Life?

As we grow our companies, we often forget the value of having downtime or activities other than business. As we see each other at networking events, a common conversation is comprised of how busy we are. But does busy equal profitable? Does busy equal productive? Why do we all want to be busy? The concept of ‘unplugging’ isn’t foreign […]

Leading Your Troops

Much has been written about management versus leadership.  There are many overly shared images about what characteristic leaders have versus those who are considered ‘just’ being a boss. Many books have been written on the subject yet we still find an abundance of poor leadership. But what does it mean to be a leader in […]

Back At It

With another swampy DC summer under our belts, we start to move into fall, which is generally a pretty busy time for federal contractors. As we squeeze out the last two weeks before Labor Day, a few things to keep in mind. Proposal Season is Complete – are you ready to execute? Most of the end […]

Proposal Hell

As we wind down the major proposal season in GovCon, it is time to take a step back and reflect on our current process.  Did it work?  Do you feel like it was as well executed as it should be?  Did you have a plan for what you bid on and did it align with […]

GovCon Success

Success for everyone is different.  Some may say it’s a lifestyle company; others may point to the infamous sale at $100M.  Further, others say it’s buying the island after the sale.  Regardless of what you define success as, there are certain tenets that are true. Top Line is for Ego, Bottom Line is Business – essentially, […]

Forced Promotion

Did you fall into management? Were you rewarded for your technical skills with the extra bonus of now having direct reports? This cycle happens time and time again where folks excel at their trade. Generally, very few people are asked if they want the additional responsibility of a leadership role or guiding a team. Even fewer are given any […]

Tech Savvy

As busy professionals, we are constantly looking to squeeze a few extra minutes out of the day, increase our productivity, and just generally get more done. Time is our most valuable resource and no matter how wealthy you are; you can’t create or buy more of it. Yet we are not without options. What you can […]

Gut

“Have faith in your intuition and listen to your gut feeling.” Ann Cotton Ask any CEO, and 90%+ will tell you that their biggest hurdle is people. Hiring the right team, making sure they play well together in the sandbox, work together to meet the mission, and generally push the company forward. The dynamics of a […]