Recently I hosted a meeting in London involving individuals from around the globe to examine and discuss Edelman’s culture. The group was a great mix representing varied geographies, practice expertise and careers built both at Edelman and those who made stops prior to arriving and/or returning.
During the course of a full day, we came to discover we had more in common than would have been obvious at first sight. What we all shared was a deep sense of passion and commitment for Edelman’s culture.
As we mark our 60th anniversary, it is gratifying to note how much of Dan Edelman‘s legacy infuses our every work day. The heritage of the firm is rooted in an American family that is committed to independence while ensuring that we model the best of our craft and do so with integrity.
When I first joined the firm almost 30 years ago there was little to no discussion of culture. Rather, we were in throes of building the business, defining what made Edelman distinctive versus the entrenched competition and focused on expansion beyond the U.S. The best of our culture today is when we come together as a team to be entrepreneurial in solving client challenges and helping them achieve their goals.
Over the course of the succeeding years I’ve seen Edelman continuously challenge ourselves. We never settle for the status quo and continue to create a vision for the firm and our industry. Looking to the future it will be important to keep the best of our culture while evolving our firm as we aspire to transform and build communities and society.
Here’s to the next 60…
Matthew Harrington is the global chief operating officer.