It’s been just over two months since I joined Sevenstep. I made the move because I saw a company that’s on the cusp of exploding. I saw an organization made up of people – from top to bottom – who are whip-smart, hungry for success, and will run through walls to make their clients successful.
That’s a pretty exciting place to be for anyone – especially a marketing person.
Starting a new job at any new company is a big step. It can be as intimidating as it is exciting, even for someone like me, who’s been around a few blocks. While every day is full of possibility and promise, there’s the challenge of getting up to speed as quickly as possible, so that you can make an impact and build credibility. And of course, meeting new people – many of whom already have a history together.
But after our summer leadership meetings last week in Boston, I’m more convinced than ever that I made the right choice. And it’s the people who clinched it for me.
Our theme for the week was “Right Place, Right Time, Right Team,” and it’s clear that Sevenstep has all three. We began day one by reviewing our business performance, taking a look at the potential of the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) market, and catching up on the innovations we’re making in talent analytics, robotics and artificial intelligence, and a host of point solutions that improve recruitment performance.
All good stuff. We’re doing great things for our clients around the world. And we have a solid roadmap to do even more in the future.
But let’s face it, that kind of agenda is pretty standard fare for meetings like this one. The difference – again – was the people. We had a ton of energy and fresh ideas in the room. And it was clear that everyone here isn’t just interested in being successful for their own selves. They’re committed to succeeding for Sevenstep, their clients, and their colleagues.
I’ve been to a lot of meetings like this one, having worked for great companies like Deloitte, PwC, and Alexander Mann Solutions. The typical business-focused agenda is usually followed by a stately ‘networking’ reception or dinner. An ice sculpture in the shape of a company logo might even make an appearance. Then later, perhaps, a few cliques will break off to a nearby lounge.
Sevenstep is different. A lot different.
Instead, we piled into one of Boston’s famous old town trolleys and made our way to the harbor, where we caught a ferry across to Thompson Island, an amazing spot about a mile from the city’s waterfront but a world away from its traffic and construction. There, we bonded over frisbee golf, spike ball (a new one for me, I’ll admit), horseshoes, bonfires, and s’mores. Glowsticks were contorted into sunglasses and necklaces. And then, perfectly – as if on cue – we were treated to a pretty remarkable sunset behind the Boston skyline.
You could tell that this group of 40+ people has zero cliques, and its people are bonded as one. We shared a lot of stories – both personal and professional. We talked families, how Australia is home to some of the scariest spiders and bats in the world, and my fellow Brits commiserated over the heartbreak of England’s World Cup run. But mostly, we talked about this special company and what it means to us – and how we’ll tell our story with the rest of the world.
So, mission accomplished at my first Sevenstep leadership event. And to all my new colleagues, a big thank you for making me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to all we’ll do together in the coming years.