With offices in Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, Propeller helps clients
provide simpler, more efficient
solutions to their customers’ challenges. Propeller consultants work
alongside client teams to deliver
project management, business consulting and change management
results that help them nimbly negotiate an increasingly volatile
business landscape. Amy Weeden,
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of
Propeller, sat down with Consulting
to discuss Propeller’s performance.
Consulting: What were the
factors that contributed to
your firm’s growth?
Weeden: From an employee per-
spective, we have a wide range of
benefits, including working and liv-
ing in the same city with no travel,
and numerous employee culture
events, but our key differentiator is
our focus on recruiting exceptional
talent and emphasis on employee
development. From a client perspec-
tive, we help simplify complex busi-
ness problems and identify the steps
needed to get to the solution. We cus-
tomize our solutions to each client
need which means that we avoid the
one-size-fits all approach and with
each solution, our consultants de-
liver business results through hands
on execution. Finally, we are agile
and adaptive. Our consultants em-
bed themselves within client organi-
zations and it’s the emphasis on the
“we” that effectively drives change.
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Weeden: Propeller has seen major growth this year in both our
Portland and newly developed San
Francisco offices and have added
some exceptional talent to our team.
We have also invested heavily in
our capabilities around agile transformation and change management.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook
for 2018? Where do you see
the most opportunities?
Weeden: As a firm, we are focused
on continued growth. We have a
smaller team in our relatively new
San Francisco office and we’ll continue to grow the talent in the Bay
Area. In keeping with our people focused culture, we also plan to roll out
an employee ownership framework
this year. Growth also means expanding our scope and the value that
we bring to our clients. We are being
asked to tackle bigger and more strategic business problems and our firm
is rising to the occasion to deliver
for our clients. Our clients are in dynamic industries with many business
opportunities; yet are also threatened
by disruption from the digital economy. We are excited to partner with
clients to help them capitalize on the
new economy and drive growth.
Consulting: What would you
say are your firm’s biggest
challenges in 2018?
Weeden: Exceptional talent always has many employment options and we will continue to work
hard to make Propeller an outstanding place to work. We invest
heavily in recruitment and development of our talent and will continue to do so.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean
to your firm, your employees
and your clients?
Weeden: Being recognized nationally as a fastest growing firm
has a large impact for our firm, our
employees, and our clients. This
truly shows that we are hiring the
right people, consistently building
a great work culture, and doing exceptional work for our clients.