Gordon “Chip” Perry
I worked with George during the spring of 2006. I had recently left my third business start-up and sensed I needed to shift my focus for the next (final?) transition in my career.
George sized me up in about five minutes over coffee and I felt I’d been insightfully “read” or understood. We agreed to work together. Quickly George helped me to focus in on moving into a consulting career. I had spent several years consulting on my own earlier and knew I did not want to go out on my own again – too hard and too lonely. George got me doing the necessary homework to research local firms as well as firms across the country. As fate would have it, this work made me “remember” I’d learned about a small startup firm focusing on innovation and product development. I reached out to them and over several months I found myself accepting an offer to join as a manager.
At the time Kalypso was twenty people and several million in revenue. As luck would have it, my first consulting gig was with P&G. Off I went and never looked back. Two years later I became a Senior Manager and this fall was made a Director. Now I’m working for my own company. Kalypso has grown exponentially and has plans to continue to do so. It’s been quite a ride. One insight George provided me was key: since consultants spend considerable time together, we select on fit as much as skills and experience. We want to spend time with people that have imagination, character and a real passion to help their clients. That insight helped me to present myself, as myself, and quickly appreciate that Kalypso is one of the most value driven organizations I’ve ever worked for, and it shows in who we hire and who stays.
George has those same characteristics and more. I’m glad to see he is now able to devote all of his time to helping people transition meaningfully.