As a Senior Consultant, Josh helps clients accelerate the execution of their strategies while driving large-scale, complex change. Josh spent the first 5 years of his career in financial services where he built relationships with hedge fund managers to help solve their organizational complexities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial & Management Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering and Risk Analytics, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Josh is based out of the Cambridge, MA office.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
The collective commitment to and passion for leading change; after all, the only thing that is constant these days is change. This sentiment is present at all levels and phases of the organization – you can see and feel it!
Who is your favorite leader?
Yvon Chouinard. Aside from my personal admiration of his commitment to living simply, from a business and leadership perspective, Yvon has proven that you can build a reputable, profitable company while still maintaining its values. In a world where environmental and socially responsible investing is becoming more mainstream, I can only hope that companies will find a way to promote values of sustainability and conservationism while also trying to earnestly return value to shareholders. It’s not easy – but if it were easy – it wouldn’t be worth doing.
What in your background helps you in this job?
My education as an engineer. At every step of my career, I have tried to take the time to look at problems differently, or rather differently than what is considered the standard. Though I’ve never used my education for a categorical “engineering” job, I have used this training to actively solve problems and help managers make better-informed decisions.
What’s got you thinking right now?
The current state of the human experience and how that is expected to change in the next 10, 20, 50 years. Technology is an easy subject to focus on here, both in how it can contribute positively and also how we can actively mitigate unintended consequences. Understanding how we can optimize the human experience at scale so that everyone, regardless of where they come from or what their external conditions are, can maximize their potential.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I am fascinated about the future of agriculture/food production and trying my best to take an active part in it. It can start by taking small steps such as baking your own bread, for example (which I love to do!), and it is a dream of mine to manage a working, non-profit, locally-benefitting farm.