Meet the team: Sean Riordan

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Sean is a strategic thinker, who enjoys collaborative problem solving. A French-born Irishman, raised in the Silicon Valley, Sean is an avid vinyl collector and cyclist – having cycled from San Francisco to Los Angeles twice.

Sean Riordan

Sean’s work at Palladium focuses on change management – where he partners with organisations to help them adapt to new digital tools, services, or ways of working. Prior to working at Palladium, Sean worked in New York City as a strategy consultant focused on the life science and public sectors.

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Briefly describe what your average day looks like?
Many on our team will say the nature of consulting means that no two days are similar. I’m most productive in the morning, so if I try to block out time before noon to tackle writing, research, or any sort of deep thinking, saving afternoons for meetings and email catch up. Days on client site are often spent hustling between meetings or grabbing time with key stakeholders to keep projects moving forward.

What’s the best thing about your job?
As noted above, the diversity of projects and clients is what keeps me in consulting. I enjoy jumping into nebulous problem spaces which challenge me to learn about a new industry or technology. Along with this, the opportunity to work closely with leaders from a wide range of firms to make tangible change in their organisations is extremely satisfying.

What’s the best thing about working at Palladium?
The people - I love that everyone in the office has strong opinions and is not scared to share them. Similarly, I enjoy that Palladium empowers the team to pursue the work that interests them most and chart their own path at the firm.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at Palladium?
Every time my team gets their time-sheets in on time.

What do you like doing when you’re not in the office?
I’m a music nut, so often spending too much money on vinyl or enjoying shows. Also a bang-average triathlete – so I bike, run, and swim whenever the gloomy London weather allows.

What inspires you?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have outstanding mentors and I’m inspired by those who take the time to teach others.

Fill in the blank: I once met…

Well, I interrupted Mark Zuckerberg and Serena Williams mid -conversation, only to have Maria Shriver interrupt me shortly after. Clint Eastwood wished me goodnight at the end of that same party.

If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?
Flying – mainly to avoid cramming into the Tube during rush hour.

What is the song that best describes your personability?
Dancehall Queen – Robyn.

What are five words of advice for others in your profession?
Empathy will take you far.

Anything else you want us to know about you?
Asking where I’m from is tricky… I was born in France to Irish parents, but grew up in California.

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