Why I Joined Inspirant Group.
On August 23rd, 2017 I attended a networking event called “Smart Scaling for Startups” at 1871. It was the first networking event I had attended after resigning from my previous position (more on that another time). Just before the break, a woman stood up and asked the panel how to combine the individual visions of three founders into one cohesive company. The panel gave, what I felt, were terrible answers. So, at the break I found her in line for the bar and told her about the amazing Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) outlined in the book Traction by Gino Wickman. She told me about Inspirant Group, the company she had just joined. We chatted for a bit, exchanged business cards, and went our separate ways. (I don’t really remember, but I’m guessing I left shortly thereafter. I had yet to perfect my networking routine.) The woman I met that day was Inspirant Group Chief People Officer Meighan Newhouse. We had coffee about a week later and stayed loosely in touch.
In December of that year, I found an interesting opportunity at a small consulting firm in Chicago. I reached out to Meg to see if she had any contacts that could help me out. She did not but said she might have an opportunity for me on a project at Inspirant. Things moved quickly, and a lot happened at this point. I’ll cut to the chase. When I finally had to make a decision on whether to take Inspirant’s offer to become a 1099 contract consultant, I had two other potential opportunities--one with another consulting firm and one with WeWork.
I know what you are saying: “Of course you should take the sure thing. The other two were just potential.” To a certain extent this was true, but going from being a full time salaried employee with benefits to a single-shingle running my own business was a bit of a leap. In the end, I obviously chose the Inspirant opportunity.
I will now get to why…
I am a big believer that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you really know. That is what drew me to Inspirant. They don’t pretend to know everything. They don’t pretend to know everything with their clients, their team, or themselves. They are honest and humble. They are willing to admit, “I don’t know.” This isn’t to say they aren’t experts in their fields. Rather, they simply don’t assume they know what the client needs or how the problem can be solved before talking to the client and learning about the problem. They don’t try to fit what they did yesterday to the problems they face today. The framework they employ allows them treat each engagement as a new experience which forces them to see things differently, come up with novel new ideas, and most importantly, learn constantly. The people at Inspirant have integrity, care about the greater good, and, in the end, get it done. That is why I joined Inspirant Group.
Len Musielak is the Head of Marketing for Inspirant Group. He focuses on developing the brand identity, growing awareness, and driving leads. Len received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Executive MBA program in Chicago.