Note: Over the next months I’ll be posting interviews with a number of key members of the Cicero team here and on my LinkedIn account. Stay tuned!
How do you spend your time outside of work?
Right now I’m extremely fortunate to be able to spend time with my young kids. It means lots of normal backyard types of activities, but as well, we’ve been visiting western National Parks this year – Zion, Bryce, Arches, Capitol Reef, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Olympic. Otherwise, I spend time running, reading or painting.
What did you do pre-Cicero, and what brought you to the firm?
In my pre-Cicero experience, I worked in a research laboratory studying the mechanisms of sensory transduction – these are important processes to understand in normal nerve function, but also important for treating painful conditions such as chemotherapy-induced neuropathy or inflammatory-based hypersensitivity. At Cicero Group, I saw an opportunity to step back and apply my scientific approach to understanding how to drive impact on an organizational level. Fortunately, I get to see daily impact among a variety of clients tackling a wide set of different issues.
What are some interesting things you’ve been working on lately?
I have recently worked for a medical device company, a financial services provider, and a non-profit organization. Each of these organizations has their own set of challenges and different input types to drive important decisions. The amount of unknowns that a company or non-profit has to deal with can be really staggering – I enjoy wading into the complexity and ambiguity and distilling out strategies that help a team meet their most important objectives.
What else makes Cicero a great place to work?
Fantastic colleagues – they are dependable and kind. The yearly foosball tournament is also a big event.
For fun, any book/movie/music recommendations?
Fun recommendations include What if? by Randall Munroe.
A recommendation for fun would include The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. Although, I guess this one is a fun read, just in a different sort of way than Munroe.
Connect with Jared: LinkedIn