When I first spoke to Halcyon about joining their staff, I was unsure of how I would fit in to a consulting organization. After spending time in State government, as line staff, middle management and CIO for two elected offices and a state retirement system, I had worked with consultants from the other side of the table, and had a stereotype fixed in my mind of what motivates an IT consultant and how they behave in different circumstances.
That stereotype didn’t even survive the first chat I had with Mohan Viddam, Halcyon’s Chairman and CEO. Over the last 20 years, I’ve known and respected Sanjay Dudaney, Halcyon’s President, but meeting Mohan was an experience that caught me completely unprepared. His intelligence, honesty, compassion, and desire to help others was so plain to see that I knew the rest of the organization would have to follow his example – a person like that wouldn’t have it any other way.
After over a year at Halcyon, I find I wasn’t wrong. Every day that I walk into my office or sit down with a client, I’m not “going to work.” Rather, I’m helping clients solve problems they can’t solve on their own, grooming junior programmers to be senior computer scientists, and being part of the best group of people that I’ve had the pleasure to work with for many a year. This isn’t the classic consulting group that gets “paid by the pound” (of paper reports, without any concrete progress); they’re folks who truly want to make a difference in their clients’ business both today and in the years to come. And that is a good place to be.