Many of you have learned about the folks who work for Projectline on client assignments by reading our “Consultant of the Month” blog series. But that hasn’t been the complete picture of Projectline by far. To give you more insight into us as a company, I’m absolutely thrilled to continue profiling members of our leadership team. Please meet the incomparable, Jacob Uwah.
Q: Where did you grow up? How did you end up in Seattle? How has your upbringing influenced your character, workstyle, etc.?
I was born in Nigeria and moved to England when I was 2 years old with my mother and twin sister. Moving to a new country when you are so young means that a lot of your native culture and mannerisms tend to dissipate as you learn to assimilate yourself in your new environment. However, being raised by a mother who worked around the clock, and also went to school meant that as children we had to learn to be self-dependent and grow up faster than most kids.
Today, as I think about how my upbringing influenced my character, I would say that it gave me a hunger for success, comfort, and an itch to want to give the same to other people. This can be seen through the various industries I have worked in, from direct retail sales, to non-profit program management, to using technology as a means to automate human work and in some cases, ease the tension of work. I moved here about three and a half years ago with the intent to continue my work for Apple, but found myself intrigued by the cross-country/city life that Seattle had to offer.
Q: Why do you love people, and how did your career path lead you to a leadership position at Projectline Services?
I love people because people are people! As cliché as that sounds, that is exactly why I love people. No matter what role an individual holds in a company or in life, the basis of human existence is that we are all people with personalities, feelings, and emotions. I personally enjoy learning about those feelings and emotions and how they play a part in peoples work styles.
Coming from an agency, I got to do everything from people management, recruiting, risk analysis, and relationship building and maintaining. After every interview with my (now) fellow Projectliners, I felt this was the place for me to work and not just work with the knowledge I have, but a place where I could work as me and not feel the need to conform to modern-day scripted approaches.
Q: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment before Projectline?
My greatest professional accomplishment before Projectline was exceeding company goals at my last job in a field that very many people did not see revenue spanning from.
Q: What do you want to accomplish here at Projectline?
I want to change the world of consulting! I want people to view consulting and agencies as a place for career and self-improvement.
Q: What advice do you have for those who want to thrive in a contingent or remote environment?
My one advice to those in this world is to prioritize time and tasks!
Q: What passions do you have beyond work that might not be obvious?
I am very passionate about and obsessed with cars!
- Quote: Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. – Bruce Lee
- Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- Area of study in school: Criminal Justice / Philosophy
- Drink: Sparkling Water
- Recent innovation: Berke Assessment
Q: What is the best way for people to follow your work and ideas? (LinkedIn, Twitter, IG, Tumblr, SnapChat, personal blog, etc.)