BCA Executive Consultants is everything that I believed as an internal business professional, that we needed in terms of being the “right” kind of third-party assistance. Throughout my career in business I witnessed the dance between consultants and internal resources and sat in amazement as they both tolerated each other, while each focused on an agenda that often didn’t put the business first. I saw dependencies created, saw huge opportunities missed and all because their focus was wrong.
I carried those experiences into the consulting world back in 2006, determined to not do or allow to happen what I had seen done with many of my employers (there were some good experiences along the way).
While I was able to use some of those experiences to leverage better results for my clients, it was still not enough. I was working under someone else’s “way” of doing business and felt I could offer more.
In 2015 I decided that my ability to make the impact I wanted to make, and that I knew I could make, would require that I start my firm. Working for myself has allowed me to invest back into my community, into small start-ups, non-profits and in all kinds of commercial organizations, public and private. Roughly half of my “working” time is not “billed” time, but gifted time. I am proud that I now get to choose how and where my time is spent.
Our corporate (large) clients stretch from coast to coast and cover a wide array of industries, each with their own very specific societal impacts. Regardless of whether my client uses a triple bottom line approach to their business, I measure my value impact by working through a triple bottom line approach in developing my value proposition.
My goal, whether paid or pro-Bono is to perpetuate individual and corporate growth without me having to be constant or sustained catalyst. I hate solving symptoms of problems and love attacking root causes of problems, that when corrected make permanent changes. When coaching, I work to create self-sufficiency by helping my clients learn how to seek feedback and use themselves and internal resources for continued development after a contract has ended. When training, I work with my clients in a way that almost always requires they become part of my programs, which in turn allows me to transfer some of my capabilities to them and frees me to help in other ways. My goal is to create growth momentum that is not dependent on me or my firm to keep going.
While I do this for a living and the paychecks are nice, few things make me feel as good as an email or a call from a former client thanking me for something I said several years back or that I helped them learn, and then to hear what happened as a result. Or, knowing that a project I take on will have impact far beyond what can measure or will be measured in my lifetime.
I’ve been part of ProFinder for a while now and have responded to several requests. Although I haven’t been selected for any that I have responded, I believe that ProFinder will open some a door or two in the future. Whether it is to a corporate client or for a pro-Bono project of significance, only time will tell!