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AN AUSSIE construction company with a strong pipeline of projects across government, defence and education has altered industry terminology and come up with its own version of the Bid/No Bid decision to better reflect its casual corporate culture.
A spokesman from the company’s commercial division explained while the company is renowned for its ‘can do’ attitude, they felt that replacing Bid/No Bid decision with a Yeah/Nah vote communicated its position more clearly, while removing unnecessary stage gates in the end-to-end bid process.
“Yeah/Nah has less red tape and it’s less ambiguous. For example, in a kick-off meeting if we’re assessing an opportunity all I have to say is Yeah, I get what you’re saying, but Nah, it’s a bad idea and it’s not going to happen. Everyone is on the same page and that’s that,” he said.
Since introducing the Yeah/Nah decision the company has “won some, and lost some” and, according to our source, the firm stance has led to some other consensus-based process changes including paper, scissors, rock and the now preferred coin flip instant heads or tails result.
“The coin flip was Gary’s idea at the Fox Hotel one Friday afternoon when a few of us went out for a long liquid lunch and an opportunity piped up on his email. The paper, scissors rock game became too protracted. Heads or tails was a quicker alternative to helping us decide between two choices,” the spokesman said.
“Whilst we might pause between the words to keep the suspense, we make the decision in seconds, not days or weeks”, he said.