Each month we highlight a different Dare to be Great employee who embodies the Uncommon Blend or Challenge Accepted attitude that makes West Monroe Partners and everyone that works here so unique! This month, meet Michael Guckian, a Manager in our Financial Services practice, based in Los Angeles.
How did you get started at West Monroe?
My career with West Monroe began in a dark alley in downtown Glendale, CA where I met Ken Siegman in a shady coffee shop, and the rest is history! Previously, I worked at Booz Allen in their Strategic Innovation Group. I moved out to Los Angeles when my wife, Gina, started graduate school in LA. Not keen on flying back to DC/NY every week, I started looking for West Coast-based consulting opportunities. Soon after, West Monroe reached out with an opportunity to be a part of our LA office. After meeting the people and hearing the firm’s vision, I was quickly sold on joining the team.
What is your proudest accomplishment at West Monroe?
I helped implement a solution across twelve lines of business at a large west coast financial institution. Prior to hiring West Monroe, the client failed twice at implementing a solution and was convinced they couldn’t handle the technology change. Our team’s performance on this project showed the value West Monroe brings to our clients, and made me proud to be working alongside such talented people.
How do you identify as part of the Uncommon Blend at West Monroe?
Each person at West Monroe is unique. From their industry work, to skillets and unique perspectives, I have not come across two people at West Monroe who are exactly alike. My industry experience in conjunction with co-leading a non-profit board allows me to contribute to the Uncommon Blend and provide my own perspective on challenges our clients face.
What is your Challenge Accepted moment? How has West Monroe challenged you?
On my first project, I was asked to present an executive-level analysis and rationale for a product our team designed and built. The team was over 20 people, and I was responsible for articulating the work we performed over six months at an executive steering committee with the client. This opportunity showed me the confidence our leadership team has in employees, regardless of level, and the potential to make an impact. At West Monroe, I’m continually challenged to innovate and look for solutions as we continue to build the next generation of leaders.
How would you describe West Monroe in two words?
If you were trapped on a deserted island, who from West Monroe would you bring and why?
I would bring Bob Sottile and Ken Siegman. Bob would send an email to the whole company letting them know we are stranded, and Ken would buy us a boat on his iPad and have it delivered via Amazon Prime within two days.