(December 2019) – What do you want to be when you grow up? Daniel Entwistle, managing director and U.S. co-founder of U.K.-based change and performance leadership consulting firm Curium Solutions, has never really stopped asking this question. “A lot of us get this feeling of, ‘Is this as far as I can go?’ We think now that we reach adulthood, we are limited, but those are limits we place on ourselves.”
At Curium, those limits are merely starting points. “It doesn’t matter what kind of work we’re assisting on. We are looking at how we can empower potential within the organization so that the capability remains long after we’ve moved on. How do we show up each day and empower others to achieve more? How do we challenge each other to disrupt our thinking, to disrupt our client’s thinking, to empower individuals and shift organizations?”
Those are big questions, but asking them is what has led Entwistle and his team through some of their most defining moves. In October 2016, Entwistle and his family moved from the U.K. to Central Florida, where he opened the first U.S. branch of Curium Solutions.
After Entwistle visited the area several times in his business and vacation travels, Florida had captured his heart. For the prospect of expansion for Curium, it captured a whole lot more. “I’ve become a big advocate for Florida and what I believe we can achieve,” he said.
His advocacy has been vital in Curium’s rapid growth. Exceeding company goals and surpassing projections by 400% in the past 12 months alone, the firm has secured partnerships with high-profile organizations that include the CIA, NASA, Oxford University Press, PepsiCo, AstraZeneca, the University of Central Florida and Rollins College. Entwistle also credits his 150 associate facilitators across the U.S. and Canada who have trained in the firm’s core programs and values.
“It’s one thing to have a good relationship, but then you’ve got to deliver value to people when you’re in there,” Entwistle said. “We live our core principles of: ‘People first. Make it simple and Keep it real.’ We see ourselves as an extension of the team, not just a consulting firm. We only win if we all win.”
Entwistle is well-versed in how exceptional customer experiences and careful listening can build valuable relationships. An assistant manager at a travel company in his early 20s, he moved to the world of finance after a bank manager was so impressed by his skills that she offered him a job. At age 23, he became the youngest regional vice president in the bank.
A decade in financial services gave him experience in leading large sales teams, creating customer experience strategies and developing company culture. Throughout the years, his interactions with consulting firms inspired a new drive in him. After working with other consulting firms, seeing what they were doing right and what he thought could be improved, Entwistle eventually joined Curium in 2014.
Today, his work making a difference in his new community goes beyond his role leading the firm’s U.S. growth. He has served as vice president of engagement for the Association for Talent Development and has worked with organizations like the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Give Kids the World. He serves as an advisor for the Small Business Development Council in Seminole County, and in June became an adjunct faculty member for the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
Through each new relationship he builds, Entwistle continues to empower potential by challenging perceptions. “There is no next time,” he said. “This is it. Ask yourself, ‘What’s the story or the narrative that’s holding you back? And is that a reality?’ Take the risks you feel you need to take… the ones that will help you live the life you want to live.”