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12/11/2015 By Jonathan Terrell

Last week, our company held its annual holiday party. It’s one of the highlights of our company social calendar, and this year’s party was a particular success. As I do each year, I made some remarks to the company and our guests, touching on the highlights of all that we accomplished over the past year.

When I prepare to speak in public, I am often reminded of a decades-old survey that reported that most Americans fear public speaking more than death!  While I will never be a “natural”, over the years I have gotten used to it and accept it as an important part of my job.

Something that I have found can be very helpful is a prop, and this year I had one. I’m very happy to say that 2015 was an enormously important year in the life of KCIC, for many reasons. As a result, the centerpiece of my remarks this year was KCIC’s “Recipe for Success”, inspired by a year that was anything but cookie-cutter.

Here it is, just as I shared it with our staff:

  • 1 Cutting-edge, cloud-based technology platform
  • 60 Consultants with expertise in business, finance, analysis and technology
  • Immeasurable amounts of enthusiasm, flexibility and customer service
  • Generous heapings of community “give back”
  • A good dose of fun

Mix the first two ingredients, including our largest first-year recruiting class ever. Watch pot to retain same small company feel. Add remaining ingredients, one at a time. Top with “secret sauce” (below).


Start with caring about every member of our company like family. Treat our clients like friends, and make solving their problems our calling. Build a base of strong organizational health. Combine clarity with functional leadership. Introduce flexible hours. Believe in ourselves, and never, ever, ever give up.

In a future post, I look forward to sharing more specifics about what made 2015 a milestone year for our company.

Jonathan Terrell

About Jonathan Terrell

Jonathan Terrell is the Founder and President of KCIC. He has more than 30 years of international financial services experience with a multi-disciplinary background in accounting, finance and insurance. Prior to founding KCIC in 2002, he worked at Zurich Financial Services, JP Morgan, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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