Thank you for taking the time to learn about our company. As you explore the Website and try to “figure us out,” perhaps a bit of background and perspective would help.
It all started when, as an energy executive, I became frustrated with spending boatloads of money for consultants who didn’t really know our business. Being entrepreneurial by nature, I was determined that there must be a better way, so Skipping Stone was launched in 1996. The business model was simple… put only experienced energy professionals on consulting assignments.
We still follow that model today.
Along the way some of our larger competitors tried to teach me a few lessons about the consulting business. Problem was, I didn’t like their model of putting whoever was on the bench on the next assignment regardless of fit, or their goal of taking up permanent residence at client sites. It seemed to me those types of business practices are great for the consultant, not so great for the client.
As a result, our model is based on augmenting the core leadership and project management staff with our large virtual bench, which has hundreds of independent energy professionals from a wide variety of disciplines ready on short notice. This way we make sure the skill fit is on target and we don’t incur, and thus charge clients for, bench time. We also adopted the premise that every assignment has a beginning and an end with measurable goals to guide the work. That way we can be held accountable and have to earn repeat business. I have been told by our larger brethren that this model is all wrong. So be it.
If these are the traits you are looking for in the people you choose to work with you and your company, then by all means, let’s talk.
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