When we started this thing, the goal was to create a tiny operation that would become one of the most influential firms in the world. We’d be discreet, boutique and very very small.
We learned this week we landed on the Inc Magazine list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States.
Sorry. That’s not so discreet and not so boutique.
To make amends for our sins, know that we continue to fragment our business so that, while we all live under the same operating company and in the same buildings, we’re serving specific and discreet markets - Innovation; Corporate Events; Talent & Leadership Development; Digital Publishing.
We trust that fast growth is a sign that partnerships with clients are going well. Deepening, ripening, and expanding.
So we should take a minute to say thank you.
As clients, you trust us with your biggest market and organisational challenges. You give us room to do our best work. You pay your bills on time (always a pleasant surprise). And, most importantly, you encourage us to disagree with you. You recognise that’s the loyal value we seek to bring, and you give us the space to make that argument. Our team is tremendous. But they know that already. What we celebrate are our clients who engage that team to deliver positive change. Thank you.
We’re thrilled to see a gang of our RVA neighbours rank above us on the list, including ImpactMakers, Mobelux, and our shirt-maker friends at Ledbury. Congratulations.
We’re working on some enormous projects that have deep social, economic and environmental ramifications. We carry that every day. So while the badge of “Fast Growth” is nice, when they create a “Hard Impact” badge, trust us that we’ll be fighting for that recognition. In the meantime, sorry. And thanks.