Clients who learn how my perspective was formed are assured that I’m capable of leading my team in addressing their important concerns. They are doubly confident when I describe the culture we operate from at Grant Thornton. It is centered on individuals, how our skills can be developed and how those skills raise all boats. In both the firm and the military, collaboration among individuals ranks high.
It’s a concept emphasized throughout my professional career, starting at West Point. Our leaders taught us “It’s not about you, it’s about the people you lead.” This concept is embraced at Grant Thornton. For example, at a recent firm leadership conference, our CEO asked us to introduce ourselves not just by name and what our job is, but also who we are personally. The firm recognizes that we all want to know what makes others tick and the things that inspire them.
These personal sparks are what attract people to our business resource groups. The Veterans at Grant Thornton BRG, which I belong to, supercharges members’ passion for our veterans to benefit employees, external veterans and individuals transitioning out of active military duty. We focus on a wide outreach that includes partnerships with outside organizations such as the American Corporate Partners. Through ACP, I’m mentoring a young captain in monthly coaching calls. When he leaves the service, he’ll be prepared with a resume and interview skills, and familiarity with the civilian work world. With these kinds of connections, we’ve seized chances to welcome veterans into our own workforce. The firm sees this as a boon because of the valuable experience and perspectives gained.