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Who had best or worst 2011?

As we rapidly approach the last few weeks of 2011, I’ve been thinking about who has had a good year and who has had a bad year.

So I'm looking for ideas and candidates for the best and worst of 2011.

Did your company do something remarkable or did you fall short? What made 2011 a year to remember or to forget?

I want to hear your stories.

I’m interested in knowing about contracts you’ve won or the one that got away. Did you make a great hire or lose a critical employee? Was your growth off the charts or did you miss your numbers?

I know that few are going to admit their own shortcomings, so feel free to talk about your competitors.

Is there a company out there that you think: “Man, I’m glad I don’t work there.”

But don’t just say, Company X is horrible. I want to why. What can the rest of us learn from the experience whether it was good or bad?

While I want to have some fun with this, I’m also serious. 2011 wasn’t an easy year. 2012 might be worse. And some people are telling me that 2013 will live up to its unlucky number and then some. So give this some thought and send in your ideas.

Here is a link to the piece I wrote last year to give you a sense of what I’m looking for.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Nov 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Reader Comments

Sat, Nov 19, 2011

Booz, Allen had a so-so year. On the plus side, it has done what it does best: turn the crank and defend the very good spots it is in. No more 20 percent growth, but a very respectable hi single digits. On the issues side: two embarrassing gender-related lawsuits that have legs and which can stir up internal angst; a stock price sagging way below its IPO intro, and profit margins comparable to bank CDs. The company understandably touts its profit improvement, but last year it was in negative territory. All of this pushes out the point where Carlyle can effect a strong "big" IPO and its exit. But whatever happens, the business is one of the very strongest in its field, and the company will power through, no matter what troubled stockholders and riled staff may think. Clients tend to have little concern, or even grasp the public info on, such issues.

Wed, Nov 16, 2011

Northrop won DHS St Elizabeth work, had contract awarded vacated and then lost to GD in the new procurement. Lots of effort spent on 2 proposals for naught

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