Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Janders Dean Celebrates!

Break out the fairy bread and party hats....we're turning 1!

Hard to believe that we've only been going for such a short period of time we know...but this month marks our first birthday and what a fantastic year it has been.

After establishing a presence in the Asia Pacific market last year, we have quickly built a great client base which includes global leaders such as Freehills, Blake Dawson, Gilbert+Tobin, Deacons, Sparke Helmore, ReedSmith and others - including a recent client addition of one of the largest and most successful law firms in China.

Over the twelve months, we were also fortunate enough to gain Bevan Read as a leader at Janders Dean, with his skills and expertise bringing even more mojo to our offering.

In addition to our consulting services, during this first year we also worked to introduce the Janders Dean Law Firm Knowledge Management conference to the world, with the first event being held in Sydney during May 2008. Speakers included international representatives from Recommind, Headshift, and global firm Simmons & Simmons - in addition to KM leaders from the local market from firms such as Freehills and Blake Dawson, and partners from Gilbert+Tobin. The feedback from this event was fantastic, as was the level of attendance, and yep - we'll look at potentially replicating it again.

The year has also seen us lend support to a number of charities on behalf of our clients, including CanTeen, The CP Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Australian Royal Flying Doctor’s Service, Committee Assist and many others.

...and yes...we travelled the globe, with multiple stints in the UK and the US to work with our international client base and to participate in various leadership conferences. The London trips were always the most valuable, simply because of the invaluable time spent with Sparky.

Although we feel that we've had a great first year, we certainly didn't do it alone. Massive thanks must go to Justin and Bevan's respective partners (Sparky and Bugs) and our children for their ongoing support and patience with our hectic schedules and travel absences. Thanks also to irreplaceable close friends such as Tony & Jen, our wonderfully supportive, trusting and honest clients (who we adore and consider part of the Janders Dean Family), and of course the makers of Bombay Sapphire gin.

The plans for the next year are always bigger and (most importantly) better. At the heart of Janders Dean though is the fact that we'll continue to provide honest and trusted independent consulting services in our fields of expertise to wonderful clients who "get it".

*** Join the party and help us celebrate - this week's Friday Cocktail Leadership drinks are special as they are to celebrate our birthday, and for us to say thank you to all of you. We'll all be at Zeta in Sydney with our friends and clients from 5pm onwards into the evening. Please join us if you're able! No pin the tail on the donkey though...but that does remind us of a funny story we heard about almost getting trampled by these creatures...oh if only we were there! ***


Lisa Gianakos said...

Congratulations Justin! Wish we were there to help you celebrat!

Graham said...

"Thanks also to irreplaceable close friends such as Tony & Jen, our wonderfully supportive, trusting and honest clients (who we adore and consider part of the Janders Dean Family)"

"whom" we adore. But we cannot expect you antipodeans to understand the complexities of the English language. All the best Justin, Graham

Janders Dean Leadership Blog said...

We displayed even less respect to your English language on the night of the celebrations!

Graham said...

And hopefully you did not spill red wine on the carpet!