Externally, Berkeley might seem like just another consulting firm. But if you look deeper, you realise that it’s so much more.
In my short time here, it has already proven itself to be an integrity-led spirit, a trusted client-side presence, a coaching platform, a support network, a social animal, and perhaps most importantly, an open and welcoming team.
Why did I join Berkeley? I think the real question is “how could I not?”
Above all, our job isn’t simply to deliver per a documented engagement contract, but to do what it takes to truly make our clients happy, even when they don’t know what that means themselves. True value is found in creating long-term, sustainable solutions that enable growth and drive organisations forward. Berkeley champions looking beyond completing the work that’s been agreed to, so that we can not only get the job done, but get it done right.
My career has been formed by four main pillars:
First is integrity. I am practical and start by building out my approach or strategy based on what I know and what I know I can learn. I won’t try to oversell my knowledge just to elicit a false feeling of trust from clients. And I won't stop until I am proud of the work I am delivering.
Second is collaboration. I focus on the team, not the work. True teamwork will make it all come together, as long as I can build the right foundation. This means creating a team that speaks to everyone’s strengths and understanding that each team member has something valuable to contribute.
Next comes leadership. I give team members the space to define how they want to contribute, take ownership, and flex their skillset. I strive to give credit to others’ efforts because we are not islands, and I can’t think of a single time that I can’t point to someone else who helped me succeed.
Finally, there is curiosity. Simply put, staying curious enables personal and professional growth because it reminds me that I don’t know everything. My father used to say that “there is always a bigger dog,” and we need to be humble in our approach and grateful for what we have. I embrace the fact that I am still learning, and always will be. I think it’s good to be a bit wide-eyed and understand that I have more to absorb and more to evolve towards. And at the end of the day, this mindset also allows for a greater human connection with my team and co-workers.