CHAPTER TWELVEControlling the Buying Process

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There I was—the proverbial elephant hunter trying to drag home a live, adult elephant. A large organization in the financial services industry had agreed to explore doing business with us. I was excited and eager, but I knew there was a big risk—I could lose control of the elephant.

The path had been cleared; I had found a great Sponsor. Meetings with the Power Sponsor had gone extremely well. On the basis of his agreement to explore doing business with us, I suggested that I go back to my office, document our discussion, and propose a way for him to evaluate our capabilities. He had agreed, and asked ...

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