120VC exists to enable Leaders and their teams to reach their potential.
We fundamentally believe that when people and teams succeed by delivering the expected and necessary results, they are significantly happier than when they aren’t.
People on winning teams don’t need to multitask, they shut their phones off at night, connect with their significant others, and don’t need to work weekends. Their quality of life is better than those on losing teams.
We imagine a world where the vast majority of teams and companies are winning, AKA, delivering the expected and necessary results. This would increase their quality of life, people’s happiness, and everyone’s economic prosperity.
This is the transformative power of #GSD, Getting Shit Done.
J. Scott, a talentless, real-life anti-hero who doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Growing up in the streets of Los Angeles with less-than-ideal parents, J. learned early on that actions speak louder than words.
After dropping out of high school at 17, J. joined the Navy and learned firsthand that grit and courage could overcome any lack of talent. He embraced every opportunity to learn and eventually became a Naval Rescue Swimmer, jumping out of helicopters to save lives.
Rewind, two decades ago, J. founded 120VC to help people, leaders, and teams get things done that really matter. He's uncovered some universal truths along the way: organizations are optimized for the results they're getting, and to get different results, humans need to perform their jobs differently.
But here's the kicker: humans crave success in all areas of their lives, and nobody knows how to be successful doing their job differently. That's where leaders come in - to help people feel safe to experiment and slay new ways of working.
J. Scott is the epitome of the anti-thought leader, proving that leadership isn’t about being the most talented or successful person on the team. It’s about helping your team members define and deliver success. If you surround yourself with talented people and inspire them to reach for THEIR potential, the leader doesn’t need to be talented. They just have to play for the team. J. Scott is a regular guy who's proven that actions speak louder than words.
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Andrew McGuire is the Co-Founder, CEO of Brick And Matter Co. (BAMCO), and the Chief Experience Officer for the 120 Brand Community with over 20 years of experience building brands that matter across multiple categories, including Starbucks, Chipotle, Frontier Airlines, Duracell, Blue Moon, Peroni, Naked Juice, Einstein Bros Bagels, IZZE, Lexus, Belkin, The Ritz-Carlton, Flexjet, Häagen-Dazs, DISH, and Discovery Networks, along with numerous start-ups and nonprofits.
He is a Cannes Lion Award-Winning creative and strategist who challenges traditional ways of thinking as a leader in the convergence of digital, advertising, and content. Today, he leads BAMCO, a brand and innovation accelerator obsessed with transforming the way businesses matter by helping them transform the way they do branding, marketing, and go to market.
120 Brand Community, features 120VC the Transformational Leadership Consultancy that’s known for Getting Sh*t Done, and Next Jump Outfitters, an overland guide and eCommerce business transforming how people balance work and play as digital nomads.
Erin Pearl leads talent acquisition for the 120 Brand Community: 120VC, BAMCO, and Next Jump Outfitters. Throughout Erin’s career, she has implemented and built out numerous talent acquisition departments and has hired 300+ individuals into an array of professions. She has a clear passion for partnering with people and genuinely listening to them and their needs. Her “picker” for the right candidate and read for people is spot on. Since starting at 120VC, in 2018, she’s taken over all aspects of Talent Acquisition by storm and has provided change leaders to Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Mattel, NBC Universal, Okta, ResMed, and others. Outside of work, Erin and her husband live in Arizona – they love to travel, especially with their miniature Goldendoodle named Archie.
Jake Roig is the co-founder of 120VC and senior practice lead responsible for industry-leading Enterprise Project Services operations and delivery for 120VC’s clients and the 120 Brand Community. Jake has been with 120VC from day one and has been instrumental in developing a portfolio of services, training, and amazing people. Jake is relentless in applying best practices and sharing his knowledge with others. He is a TLP Certified and a recognized expert at Program and Project Management within the industry for consistently enabling clients to achieve their goals by creating win-wins for Project Owners and Stakeholders. Before joining 120VC, Jake worked with Universal Music Group and with Sony. Jake is all about helping clients and prospective clients achieve their goals and realize their vision.
Jim Adams is a co-founder of 120VC and senior practice lead responsible for industry-leading Program Manager for 120VC’s clients and the 120 Brand Community.
He teamed up with 120VC in 2011 but has been a #GSDer since birth. Always looking for what's next, he's been a part of incredible projects from entertainment to financial services, all the way to aerospace. Back in 1993, while with DIRECTV, Jim was actively involved at launch and spent over 13 years supporting growth to over 15 million customers. Both at DIRECTV and as an IT consultant, he has honed his skills in customer relationship management strategy definition and deployment, technology roadmap creation, and business process reengineering. He received his Associate of Science, Computer Information Systems from El Camino College in 1994 and in 2008 earned a certificate in Nanotechnology in Business, from Loyola Marymount University.
When not Getting Shit Done for clients, Jim enjoys cycling with the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Los Angeles and volunteering with the Bahati Foundation.
As Financial Controller at 120VC and the 120 Brand Community, Colleen turns aggressive cash flow management and financial strategy into a competitive advantage that creates enormous value for our clients and team members.
Colleen is obsessed with fostering an authentic team culture inspired by years of listening to #GSD talks and completing the TLP. At 120VC, everything is “on-time and on-budget” because Colleen is on the budget. She brings a decade of experience as a successful entrepreneur and creative business owner to ensure we are always operating lean and purpose-led like a startup.
It’s never just business with Colleen, it’s about the people. She shares her planning and leadership skills as a parent and serves on the board of several nonprofits geared toward education and school-aged children. When she’s not GSD-ing, Colleen, her husband Jason, and their two kids live the #jumplife by either boating or camping as far off the grid as possible.
In over our two decades of research and practice, we did not find a single standard, silver bullet, or panacea in existence that enables true Business Agility. So we invented it.
The 120 Standard. It is the curation of proven frameworks and outcome-based learnings into one simple, actionable standard that’s certifiable and actionable.
The standard itself is agile, constantly adopting proven practices as they’re proven out by start-ups and Fortune 1000 organizations.
The 120 GSD Standard makes Business Agility possible through the mastery of the 7 Change Disciplines: Leadership, Enterprise Project Management, Project Team Demand Management, Agile / Product Management, Change Management, and Program Management.
We see what’s next to make what’s new. Leadership is a choice, not a position.
It’s never just business, it’s about people. We demonstrate care by what we do, not by what we feel or say. Talk is cheap.
We start with why and don’t stop. We have a fierce commitment to alignment and clear expectations. We cultivate mastery, autonomy with purpose.
We obsessively ask “what if?” We focus our stakeholders on the possibilities as opposed to the obstacles.
We challenge assumptions by questioning the narratives. We exercise the power of a growth mindset and a happiness advantage.
We actively listen to understand people, and speak with clarity and passion. We communicate to lead.
Teamwork is our superpower. Teams don’t divide and conquer, they move the ball down the field together. Teams don’t have a hierarchy, they pass the ball to the most appropriate person to make the goal. When people ask what our superpower is, we name our team members. We cultivate es·prit de corps.
We measure everything so we know what needs to be improved. We define the gap between current and future states, to set objectives, measure progress, and deliver the “Right It.” If it’s not done right, it’s not done.
There is only one leadership KPI. We enable our stakeholders to define and achieve the necessary and expected results.
If no isn’t an option, then yes is meaningless. We believe Leadership is about enabling expected results, not control. If team members feel safe to set boundaries, they will be more focused and deliver on their commitments.
Hope is not a strategy. When we make a commitment to complete something we open the calendar on our smartphones, find the next available white space, and block time to complete it.
We don’t wait, we step on the gas. We believe in progress over process and perfection. We believe that failed experiments bring us one step closer to success.
We take the commitments we make seriously. As Donald Sull and Charles Spinosa wrote in HBR, promises or commitments are what all organizations and society are built on.
|Achievement | Founder Mentality||Driven | Self-Starter | Capable|
|Cares About People||High Emotional Intelligence|
|Voracious Learning||Highly Articulate|
Commitments to Our Clients
Our actions consistently demonstrate that we sincerely care about our clients and their success.
Our measure of success is our client’s success – we win for them.
With the above commitments in mind, we say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said, the way it needs to be heard, to those that need to hear it.
We are servant leaders.
Commitments to Our Competitors
We believe that competition helps identify areas that we can improve our business for all of our stakeholders. Therefore, we make the following commitments to our competitors:
We will compete with you, never against you.
We will share our best practices and challenge you to do better.
We will observe your best practices and improve them.
We will help you if you ask!
We help organizations & teams unlock their potential.
We help our clients ﬁnd eﬃciencies in processes and optimize operations to unlock growth, lower costs, and unleash their full potential. Everything that we do adheres to the 120 Standard to provide transformational leadership and proven principles and methodologies applied to multiple areas of practice expertise.
On average, large IT projects run 45% over budget and 7% over time while delivering 56% less value than predicted. We help our clients ﬁnd eﬃciencies in processes and optimize operations to unlock growth, lower costs, and unleash their full potential.