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Company Spotlight: PeopleFirm

Todd Vician, Talent Management and Recruiting Leader at PeopleFirm
Todd Vician, Talent Management and Recruiting Leader at PeopleFirm

Ivy Exec recently interviewed Todd Vician, Talent Management and Recruiting Leader at PeopleFirm.  PeopleFirm is a People Strategy and Implementation firm headquartered in Seattle, WA, serving Fortune 500 and Midmarket clients locally and throughout the US.  They have been recognized as the #9 Best Small Firm to Work For by Consulting Magazine and the #3 Fastest-Growing Private Company in the State of Washington by the Puget Sound Business Journal. 

Ivy Exec: In which area of your company do you expect the most growth over the next 12 to 18 months?

Todd Vician: We expect both our Talent Management solution and our Organizational Change Management solution to grow most in the next year-plus.  In terms of location, we will continue to add team members to our office locations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, but also expect to open a third office location during this time-frame; likely on the West Coast.

Ivy: What attracted you to PeopleFirm?

Todd: The high-performing and extremely collaborative culture within PeopleFirm was a draw for me and also is an essential element that attracts others to join as well.  This is a place where you can surround yourself with super-smart colleagues from whom you can learn, even if you are a 20-year consulting veteran.

Ivy: What three words best describe your culture?

Todd: Collaborative, transparent and flat; no hierarchy.

Ivy: What are the two best perks that employees get at your company?

Todd: Unlimited personal time off; take what you need.  An entrepreneurial culture.

Ivy: Which leadership qualities best insure success at PeopleFirm?

Todd:  Empathy, Active Listening, Leadership by Example, Trailblazing, Leaders who can get’r’done.

Ivy: What gets you excited about going to work each day?

Todd: Knowing that opportunities to grow our firm, and ourselves, lie in front of us waiting to be realized and driven forward.

Ivy: What is the biggest misconception that you encounter about the consulting industry?

Todd: Many candidates think consulting is all just the sexy strategy work that takes place entirely at the C-level in cool places like NYC and Paris where it’s super-easy to convince your client of what to do because you’re the expert as the consultant.  It’s not – a lot of it is roll-up-your-sleeves tactical work alongside all levels in the client organization and sometimes in locations that aren’t easy to get to; being successful in consulting requires that knowledge and the ability to be strategic while also being execution-focused.  And having the ability to build and articulate a business case for a change, to show real ROI, and to persuade and establish client buy-in by using a variety of approaches – those are the skills that differentiate consultants who are successful.


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