Five years, five top 5’s

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Five Years, Five Top 5’s

On October 4th, 2010 I joined Pythian. At that time Human Resources (HR) was a team of one, supporting 90 employees in 13 countries. Five years later on October 4th 2015, HR is now a team of fifteen, and today Pythian celebrates a milestone as we reach 400 employees in 36 countries!

What an incredible journey (…and yes, it’s all about the journey)!

The opportunity to work with stunning colleagues and to collectively build a team of passionate and talented HR professionals who continuously make me laugh, inspire me with their creativity, and challenge me to be a better leader is both a privilege and an honour. I am fortunate to work alongside them every day.

As members of Pythian’s HR team, we are business leaders. We care about (and contribute to) the success of Pythian. We solve the puzzles that can come with growing a business from 90 to 400 employees in five years. We deliver quality of service to our clients. We make a difference. We value our employees. We have fun.

To celebrate five incredible, challenging and rewarding years I share my Top 5’s.


Five Things I Appreciate Most About Pythian HR:

We are strategic.

We think global, not local.

We are productive, not busy.

We brainstorm without the “but”.

We are consistent, fair and we care.


Five Favorite Moments:

Each HR hire and expanding our HR team globally in 2014.

Celebrating our 2013 HR Initiative of the Year win with our world class HR team.

Reaching 200 employees in September 2012.

Celebrating our First Geek Day on May 25th 2011 and observing our global team spirit has grown.

Delivering our first BORG and Orientation session on January 4th 2011.


Five Favorite Programs We Have Built:

Love Our Community, the programs that supports our global employees and their communities.

SEED, the Self Directed training and professional development fund.

Delphic Journey, the Performance Feedback program.

Delphic Iris (the newsletter) and Newsflash (the weekly update).

Pythianology, the internal speaker series that showcases our talents, passions and interests.


Favorite Leadership Lessons in 10 Words or less:

Leadership is an art, not a science.

Lead the way you want to be led.

If you don’t lead by example, you are not leading.

Embrace Self Awareness, but focus your efforts on Self-Regulation.

Words matter. Less is more.


Five Favorite Books from the Last 5 Years:

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

The Power of Habit

When All You Have Is Hope

Turn The Ship Around

Speaking As A Leader


Steve Jobs once said that “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”.

Great work, amazing colleagues, and the opportunity to do what I love…thank you Pythian for a fantastic five years!


Interested in working for Pythian? Check out our open positions.

About the Author

Heidi Hauver is an experienced Human Resources leader who has worked in multiple industries, including a decade in technology. She creates positive, innovative, and progressive HR programs that attract, retain, and engage Pythian’s stellar employees. Her dedication has positioned Pythian as a world-class employer. Heidi holds Applied Management & Human Resource Management Certificates from Algonquin College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources & Labour Relations with Athabasca University. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP).

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