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!
What brought you to Cicero Group?
I came to Cicero after finishing my undergraduate degree at BYU, where I studied business strategy and statistics. I really wanted to get into consulting and Cicero was the perfect match for my skills and interests. Now I get to apply strategic thinking to in-depth analysis on a daily basis. How often do you get to have a career doing exactly what you studied in school??
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Currently I am helping integrate a large acquisition for a client in the animal health industry. Our team has been tasked with leading all aspects of the integration. My personal projects have included conducting a product prioritization and inventory consolidation analysis, ensuring equitable treatment of salesperson compensation across the new company, and overseeing system setup in the acquired distribution centers.
What are you reading?
I recently finished David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and I am starting another of his classics, Outliers.
Now, what are you reading for fun?
I love fantasy and I am currently in the midst of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles. I am also working through 1776 by David McCullough via audiobook during workouts and commutes.
What is the best part about working at Cicero?
For me, there are two things. 1) The people. I love working with people who are smart, driven, and just get it. Every person I’ve had the chance to work with at Cicero is someone who I want to be like in some way. They have all the skills to be arrogant, but they are humble and know how to have fun. It really is a fantastic environment and one in which I can learn every day. 2) The impact. I love that we work to develop a real relationship with our clients and that we work with them throughout the whole process. We don’t make recommendations and then walk away. We get in the thick of it with the client, work through the struggles and come out having created real impact together. It is very rewarding work.
If you could help all your clients understand one principle or strategy, what would it be?
There is a balance between being data-driven and being intuitive, and you need both. The best leaders make informed, data-driven decisions when they need to, but they also know how to look beyond the data to see opportunities that others can’t see. We can’t get so caught up in the data that we miss insights that are found elsewhere, and we also can’t dismiss data because that will put us behind our competition. That’s why I love the Cicero tagline – Data-Driven Strategy – we use data to inform smart strategic thinking.