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Jamie Meyer, Founder at Nine Carat

Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Jamie Meyer: The concept is ever-evolving, it has always and continues to have a life of its own. With each and every Client I work with I expand to incorporate resources that best serve the Client’s needs. Although, the original idea came from being a General Manager. That position gave me a front-row seat to other Companies and a variety of Positions and People. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be missed opportunities or limitations that didn’t need to be there. I could bridge those gaps but that was difficult to do when I was employed by one of the benefitting Companies. I began freelancing so that I could work and invest further in the businesses I was collaborating with.

To improve the symbiotic relationship, to improve what was available to the Company I was working for and to improve the Companies I was working with in their own rite.

Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Nine Carat?

Jamie Meyer: The point of focus began in working with Business Dynamics and Frameworks. But it becomes difficult to ignore the need to address other contributing factors. Such as Managerial Development, Branding, Culture, Process, Technology, Mergers, Collaborations, Partnerships, development of Individuals, skills identification and where to use them and the list goes on.

We work with entire ecosystems, even when we are only brought in to work on a stand-alone Project. We use that Project to identify solutions for the bigger picture.

Great Companies: What makes Nine Carat different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Jamie Meyer: What I do is rare and so are any of the Firms that work the same way. There isn’t any need for us to be different, we already are.

Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Jamie Meyer: Ironically, our biggest challenge has been me. Despite being an advocate for “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” In the beginning, I was far too focused on making Nine Carat ‘fit in’. Forcing a square peg into a round hole. An existing hole so that I would be recognisable, found, and defined by terms People were used to. Using terms like Business Consulting, simply because it was a widely known term.

But Business Consulting was only a portion of what I do and I was diluting what Clients had the ability to achieve by squeezing into this box. This choice had me hitting my own roadblocks left and right, feeding into a system that I am adamantly against. I give good advice, and once I started taking it, there were no challenges.

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Nine Carat?

Jamie Meyer: Nine Carat wasn’t started to be a small company. It started 10 times too big so I could grow into it and it has not failed to disappoint. 5 years from now I will continue the work we are doing with People and Companies while branching into new sectors and companies of our own.

Politics, Government and International Development. Rehabilitating Local Economies. Vetted International Talent and Services Databases. Micro-financing and Mentoring for Students and Startups. Develop the branch of the company that focuses on Trend Migration. But I know better than most, that Nine Carat will follow where it is needed and whatever that entails we will be up for it.

Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Jamie Meyer: If you’ve already started, you’ve done the hard part. No matter what your path involves moving forward, nothing is ever truly as hard as taking that first leap. And if you haven’t yet, then now is the perfect time. Whatever you do after reading this, make it one thing that gets you started. Whatever you’ve been thinking about doing, do it now. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you thought, it is still the right step to take.

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