They say that as one door closes in life, another one opens.
Life is sometimes full of those “sliding doors” moments where you wonder what would have happened had I not done this or had I made a different decision at that point. Joining Barhead and leading Barhead into Queensland might be one of those moments.
In my CRM focussed career, I have always sought to work for a company where I can achieve great things, working with amazingly talented people in helping clients transform into Customer Centric organisations to delight their customers. I’m lucky in that, by and large, I’ve often been able to tick most of these boxes. However, there was often a certain “x” factor missing.
Therefore, being approached on LinkedIn by a company called Barhead did nothing to immediately give me cause to get excited. People who know me realise that I do like the odd drink or two. Therefore the thought of joining a company called Barhead might seem apt. However, despite my lukewarm initial response, I strangely did not treat the email as junk and decided to do a bit of research. This research reinforced that in the world of CRM, the founders of Barhead are indeed widely respected and proven leaders who have often achieved what I have always sought to do.
I met up with one of the co-founders, Ken Struthers, after the Microsoft Ignite conference. On meeting Ken, I was immediately taken by his vision, honesty and his approach in building Barhead to a blueprint he had established as a founder of Cloud Sherpa’s. Together with co founder, John Orrock and several loyal ex Sherpa’s, they had realised that Microsoft are developing a cloud platform that can enable genuine digital and business transformation. This platform is the foundation to allow Barhead to soar far higher than anything they had ever done with Cloud Sherpa’s.
Despite Barhead being a young company, they had already grown the company significantly offshore and in Sydney with an impressive list of delighted clients. Melbourne is also now established since that meeting in February and the team is growing fast. Here was an opportunity to help build a presence in Queensland for a company which shares my values and passion. The more I learned about Barhead from talking with the likes of Microsoft, Marketo and other partners, the more excited I got.
I joined Barhead at the end of March and now, after a few weeks at Barhead, I realise that the company name refers to the Bar headed Goose. Having seen wildlife documentaries on these amazing birds, I now understood how apt a name it was for the company.
So my mission is to introduce and build the Barhead business in Queensland. This means that I will be wearing many hats from Account Manager to Business Analyst, from Recruiter to Alliance Manager. Barhead offers a very different value proposition to other organisations I have worked with.
I believe this value proposition will be compelling to many Queensland based organisations who have often gotten bogged down in lengthy and costly projects that fail to deliver outcomes. Barhead is refreshingly different in being nimble, personable and transparent.
I’m excited to be a Barhead and hope that over the coming months, many of my fellow Queenslanders will get to know what it is like to soar with Barheads.