CIVITTA Challengers - Livis Lama

At CIVITTA we challenge the traditional consulting industry, mixing smart people with lean processes and structures. We are not afraid to encourage our clients to think out of the box and challenge their own industries. This means asking difficult questions and bringing bold, new ideas and innovative solutions to the table.

We have asked Livis Lama - a senior analyst from the CIVITTA office in Latvia - to share his thoughts on this.

The idea of CIVITTA is the Challenger Advisory. What does it mean to you to be a challenger consultant and how do you feel this challenger spirit translates to your work?

I believe that being a challenger requires to be sensitive and open to possibilities. This requires imagination which is linked with critical assessment. This is my approach to projects — not to blindly follow some already taken path but to imagine the possibilities and critically assess the expected outcomes. Challenger Advisory, to me, has several layers — because it starts with each individual challenging himself or herself to be better or to improve, followed by applying high standards and supporting my colleagues, and finally challenging the client in order reach the most meaningful change possible.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of work. Are your hobbies along the same Challenger lines?

One of my "hobbies" outside CIVITTA is studying social anthropology. It definitely fits well with the Challenger mindset as anthropology in itself is critical in its approach. We as consultants sometimes half-jokingly say that we need to use "common sense" methodology. For me, as an anthropologist (or soon to be) this is the challenge: to understand what's behind this common sense, what are its underlying assumptions. This resonates with my passion — not choosing the path already taken, but creating my own meaningful one (and not only on the individual level).

What would you advise a young consultant starting her or his career in Latvia?

In general, for new employees in any field and any country, I would advise them not to be afraid of mistakes and embrace difficulties. You cannot always succeed, there will be setbacks — but those setbacks or more precisely your actions afterward will define you as a person, colleague, and partner. Resilience is a top-quality I'm looking for in people as it translates to trust, which is essential for great teamwork and the achievement of set goals.