December 30, 2022
The past year has been nothing less than a rollercoaster journey, with many ups and downs and, most importantly, some impactful lessons learned.
At Mäd, we saw that many companies and the world had gone through a major shift. Our clients’ way of working and the need to quickly adapt to digital transformation due to the pandemic created both opportunities and difficulties.
Our mission remains to unlock strategic value in the world’s leading organizations. So in 2022, the overarching theme within Mäd was to streamline our service offerings to remain hyper-focused on this mission.
So, this year, in particular, we’ve been tweaking, learning, and refining our core offerings, which has opened the door to working with our clients in exciting new areas — such as business process design and product management. We are much looking forward to developing our consulting service offerings in the year ahead, taking the valuable knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over the past years, working on a multitude of digital products, and, in the process, developing a deep understanding of diverse businesses in nearly all sectors.
Zooming out, the coming year could continue to be challenging for most sectors as companies grapple with turbulent economic conditions. However, we remain optimistic as we work closely with our clients to identify and analyze ways to streamline work, often via digital products and services and driving value in innovative ways. Our optimism is also spurred on by the flurry of regional demand we’ve encountered, particularly with financial firms and the public sector.
All in all, as many of us take time with our friends and families and reflect on the past year (myself included), the message I’m taking with me is one of embracing inevitable change. To quote Epictetus,
“Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will - then your life will flow well.”
The past year has only amplified the pace of change in today’s world, and it’s important to have the courage to weather the storm.
An analogy I would like to leave you with is to think of your company as a sailing boat. Your financials are the hull that needs to be strong enough to keep you afloat, the rudder and keel are your market and strategic positioning — these need to keep you firmly in place, but agile enough to quickly maneuver choppy waters, — and your mainsail is your sales and marketing, which needs to be cast tall and wide to catch as much wind as possible to keep you moving forward.
Kieran Glover — Managing Director
After having the privilege of founding and leading Mäd through its early years to its current success as a consulting firm, I have decided to step down as Managing Director this year to pursue other opportunities. Although this was a difficult decision, I am confident that the talented team at Mäd will continue to take the company to new heights.
I am delighted with the successful transition to new leadership and I am proud of the smoothness of the process. I have had the privilege of working with Kieran for a number of years, and I am certain that the management team will bring imaginative solutions to the table. I am confident that, with their guidance, Mäd will continue to be successful and provide excellent service to our clients.
I am immensely thankful for the privileges and learning experiences I have gained during my tenure at Mäd. I am also thankful for the talented team who have been my companions throughout this journey, and for all the clients who have placed their faith in us. Mäd has always been a company with great potential, and I look forward to witnessing its future success. I will always be a staunch supporter of Mäd and its mission to unlock strategic value in leading organizations.
Emanuele Faja — Founder of Mäd and Blue
For a complete overview of Blue’s technical releases and updates, have a look at What’s New on Blue.
If you’re interested in a preview before purchasing the whole eBook, we’ve shared a free, downloadable chapter of Work Like Mäd — you can access it here.
We’re proud to share that in 2022, we have not only rebuilt our website but also published over 25 insights. Here are some of our readers’ favorites:
Lastly, we would like to say thank you to all of you for helping us Make It Happen.™
We truly appreciate all of our clients, readers, friends, family, and the excellent partners from each company that we have had the pleasure of working with.
On behalf of the Mäd team, we are grateful for the trust and confidence you have put in us to continue to drive value to leading companies across the globe. Our mission is to help our clients make meaningful change, and we are committed to helping each and every one of you reach this goal.
We look forward to continuing our fruitful work together in the coming year.
We hope you had a magical December and all the best for the year ahead.
Have a wonderful holiday, and until next time!