Consultant Community Year End Blog
Part 1 - By Steve
I can hardly believe that it is December already and the end of another amazing year for Capco and the Consultant Community is almost upon us. Fresh from the highs of last night's client event, and despite getting home at 02:30 (for which I am way too old), I am feeling hugely positive about the past year for our firm.
As you will probably have heard, by year end we will have grown by almost 20% in revenue terms, we have recruited 136 new people to the Capco team, we have multiple accounts earning >£1M per month and we have broken through the £7M and £8M monthly revenue barriers. All significant milestones and achievements for which you should all be very proud.
None of this is possible without you guys, and the Consultant Community remains the largest group within the UK business and a major contributor to this success. Looking back at the year I think we got off to a great start with "Gravitas, Power and Presence - the abridged version", and attendance was fantastic, with everyone feeling they took something valuable away from the session. More recently, and the highlight of the year for me, we had the Salsa Samba drumming lessons and I'm still amazed at how that chap turned 40+ Consultants into a band in less than a couple of hours. An awesome evening and it's a shame more people couldn't make it as I've not recently seen so many people smiling so much. On a more day-to-day level, the Consultant Leadership Team has continued to support training, engagement and new joiner onboarding, with a personal favourite being the new joiner lunches/breakfasts which have enabled me to spend time with our recent recruits.
For 2015, I would like to see us building on this base and doing even more. We will launch 2015 with another event - watch this space. We will re-focus our efforts on Training, in particular, and we would welcome your feedback on what training you want to have, how you want it delivered, and how we can make Training for Consultants work well for you. As I've said many times, if you don't give us the feedback, it's hard for us to fix it.
On the note of feedback, and it is that time of year, "let's have it", as they say up-north. Seriously, the CLT invests a fair amount of their spare time on trying to make a difference for you guys and it would be great to hear what we are doing well, what we need to start doing and where we can improve (sometimes known as stop, start, continue...). I'd like to believe that, throughout the year, we have helped to give at least some of you a sense of community, a greater sense of engagement, some informal or formal coaching and a stronger network. If I'm wrong, or if we're not doing that for you, then let us know how we could change that for the better.
Someone asked me a couple of days ago why I sponsor the Consultant Community. I hadn't thought about that for a while because I've been doing it for more than a couple of years now, but it's worth reflecting on for a moment and several reasons spring to mind. First and foremost I do this because I care about our people. A lot. If we're not looking after you guys, helping you develop your careers, looking after your wellbeing and helping you to learn then we're not doing our jobs. Second, because I think we are making a difference. That's a very "royal" we. As with most things, I have a great team in Mel, Alex, Kiki, Harriet, Jo, Michelle and Karan, who do 99+% of the work and make me look good as a result. Lastly, I do this because I think it's important to continue to offer a greater level of support, coaching and networking for those who want that, and feel it would benefit them.
On a final note, looking ahead to 2015 I think we're well set for another record-breaking year. Q4 is ending well, our clients continue to put their faith and dollars in Capco and the quality / complexity of what they are asking us to do continues its upward trajectory. We have also put a lot of time and effort into planning for January, and our pace out of the blocks is looking promising. All-in-all, we can head into the holiday season proud of what we have achieved in 2014 and confident, but not complacent, in our readiness to attack the challenges ahead in 2015.
All that remains is for me to say a big thank you to the Consultant Community Leadership team for all of their hard work and support during 2014. See you in 2015!
If you have comments or questions, please let me know.
All the best for Xmas, the New Year and the Holidays.