In our ninth year

Last night the Lighthouse team in London invited our alumni and board members to join us to celebrate our birthday. Luckily they took us up on the invite. A grand time was had by all.

It’s an interesting opportunity, especially because it always produces some possibilities for sharing contacts and expertise: one of our board members is rolling out in her firm the same project management system as Lighthouse; one of our consultants found a potential research associate to work with them on a new portal; one of our alumni suggested that our ‘real’ birthday might be August 22nd (only historians will know whether the later date reflected holiday practicalities); another will be learning rock-climbing; and so on and so on.

It’s a special pleasure for us that these celebrations spark off so much serendipity, and that we are able to allow our alumni and our other stakeholders the opportunity to continue to work together.

But, of course, the main value of these gatherings is that a group of people with common roots get to discuss the severally different perceptions they have developed of the analyst industry. There are as many potential business models as their are analyst firms. By meeting as a ‘family’, even if it’s just for birthdays, we help Lighthouse’s diaspora to share, and deepen, our understanding of the opportunities developing for Lighthouse’s clients over the coming year.

Duncan Chapple

Duncan Chapple is the preeminent consultant on optimising international analyst relations and the value created by analyst firms. As SageCircle research director, Chapple directs programs that assess and increase the business value of relationships with industry analysts and sourcing advisors.