This week, Acorio is celebrating two pretty massive milestones: Today, we were ranked #1416 on the Inc. 5000’s – the annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. As a testament to that growth, we also officially celebrated the addition of our 200th full-time employee worldwide (and also our 201, 202 and 203rd employees…).
Being a part of a growth company isn’t simply strategic alignment or a brand trajectory. When I reflect on the success that has led Acorio to rank on the list for the 2nd straight year (something only 1 in 4 honorees have ever done) and our rise into the top 30% this year, I am truly humbled.
“Our growth matters only when it is reflected in our clients’ achievement of their business goals. We are so humbled and proud to help our clients with transformation. We care deeply about our clients’ success and our approach is deeply embedded in our culture, values and day-to-day engagement.” – Ellen Daley, CEO, Acorio
In celebrating all of these milestones this week, however, I don’t think about our weekly KPI tracking or sales plays. As a ServiceNow consultancy, our growth only comes, and only matters, when it is reflected in our clients’ achievement of their business goals. And that only comes because of the late nights and early mornings our team has spent doing the practical work that drives transformation.
There is Only Us
There is only us. This is the phrase I end every monthly all-hands meeting because growth for growth’s sake is not what we are after. (Though, I am not going to say we are mad about it!)
We are so humbled and proud to have built partnerships with the exceptional companies we get to call clients; from some of the big names who took a chance on us early on, to the new Fortune 50 companies I am spending my days with now.
But, “There is only us” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s something deeply embedded in our culture, values and day-to-day engagement. We care deeply – about our clients’ success, about our team’s personal and professional growth, and about this interesting and exciting journey we have been taking with ServiceNow and its growing partner ecosystem.
It has been a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch our clients succeed and this organization bloom before us. What I remember about the past years are the jokes and adventures (and mishaps) with teammates who have become family, and the inspiration I have felt as I watched us all try to be a little – ney – lot bit better, every day.
Our Journey to be the best ServiceNow Consultancy (in the History of the World)*
*still a work in progress
Starting down this path began with a very simple decision. That decision was to make a big bet to focus our company 100% on transformation consulting for ServiceNow, believing in a somewhat simple promise that you could actually make work, well, better.
Today, I am reminded of the wisdom in that decision every time we watch our clients explore new possibilities with the enterprise-wide platform. ServiceNow’s high growth is the icing on the cake and each time they take a huge leap in their ecosystem, beating earnings estimates or winning awards, we are right there helping them drive forward.
Finding that once-in-a-lifetime company, it seems, comes down to being in the exact right place, at the exact right time, with the exact right solution and the exact right people – and then working hard every day to stay true to that mission. That has, thankfully, been Acorio.
In looking to celebrate this milestone on Acorio’s journey into the stratosphere, we decided to ask the people who drove this growth. Turning to our “A-Team” we asked for their 200 favorite memories of where we have come from, best client inside jokes and journeys, what they remember along the way, and what growth actually means to them.
Without further ado, here is the Acorio team’s collective 200 memories and thoughts on growth… one for every person who has helped us achieve this milestone.