“Our last firm had layers upon layers upon layers of bureaucracy. If there was an event or initiative we needed approval for, no one wanted to make a decision, and by the time you get an answer, even if it was yes, it was too late to do anything about it.
"We decided to leave before we knew where we were going. We knew we wanted a relationship with the decision-makers, a place where managers have the autonomy to make decisions. We were done with the CYA mindset – we were looking for a company where if you had an idea, managers would help you make it succeed. That’s what we found at Baird.”