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Connell Smith


Describe your job in three words.
How about one word: Accelerator. Helping our business move faster in meeting our client’s needs.

What makes you come to work every day?
Every client we work with has such different and interesting challenges they are trying to solve. Our clients understand that to be more competitive in a constantly changing business environment, they need to accelerate the learning and adaptability of their people, to better leverage their human capital. The people dynamic is what makes this so interesting.

If you weren’t at work, what would you be doing?
Racing sailboats or sailing for pleasure. It is my “Zen.”

Favorite thing about your coworkers?
These smart, creative people really like making our clients successful. There is never a question of what our top priority is.

Best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t focus on trying to motivate your people, instead, hire motivated people and focus on eliminating those things that demotivate them.

What should your job title actually be?
Business architect. My job is to create the business context, direction, focus, and structure that enables a great team to be successful at driving our business and helping our customers succeed.

Three items needed if stranded on a desert island?
My amazing spouse, a sailboat, and adventure.