Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Consulting 101: Values over Profit

At various times in my career, I have provided consulting services. At no time, have I been solely focused on driving revenue numbers higher and have stood for more than just profit...

Accenture has one of the best stories that is never told. They care not only about growing revenue but also their local community in which their consultants work. For example, I had the opportunity to observe Accenture consultants who live in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati contribute time after hours to a charity in my hometown known as FoodShare whose goal is to help provide food to the poor. The consultants didn't just do this as a bottoms-up idea but this was actively encouraged and supported by various partners.

Cognizant also did something very special. They provided sponsorship for tickets to inner-city youth to attend a minor league baseball game. They also support the local Boys and Girls club through after hours volunteer efforts.

So, while I know of the great human stories of Accenture and Cognizant, I do seek to hear of equivalents from Wipro, Infosys, TCS and Virtusa. If you know of human stories of contributions from these firms that are concentrated in the Hartford Connecticut area in the last six months, please do not hesitate to share. I would like for the world to know that there are people out there that care about their communities and aren't just big faceless corporations are are savage in making a profit while ignoring their role in society...

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