Background Aurelius Technology Consulting was founded by Paul Hertroys; after over twenty years of experience as manager, consultant, project manager and coach, he felt he wanted to provide his services to his clients on the basis of his own personal vision. After having worked for US based firms for over sixteen years, he felt that his work as a consultant should go back to its origins: providing services focused on the clients and the clients' long term interests by helping them achieve their strategic goals in a sustainable way. Through his extensive experience as a technology consultant, Paul has become convinced that growth strategies primarily driven by financial considerations, quarterly based sales methods and standardized 'strategic' advice do little to contribute to a lasting result for the client's organization.
The ideal of a sustainable and responsible business practices therefore entails more than environmental or social responsibility alone. Sustainable and responsible management means managing the business in a balanced way: finding the right balance between the interests of the client, long and short term financial stability, a carefully balanced development programme for the employees and being in balance with the social and commercial environment in which the business operates. A well-balanced approach to business development is unlikely to result in excessive growth, but it will at least prevent excessive losses, and the growth will be sustainable.
Aurelius Technology Consulting focuses on sustainable technology management, based on the experience of Paul Hertroys. The name of the company is taken from Marcus Aurelius, the last of the great emperors of the Roman Empire and Stoic philosopher. Stoicism provides some fundamental principles for sustainable and responsible management and, as emperor of a vast empire, Marcus Aurelius understood the areas of tension between these principles and their practical use better than anyone. Marcus Aurelius tried, as much as possible, to put his philosophical convictions into daily practice and to lead his empire harmoniously in accordance with his ideals of justice and humanity. His philosophy advocates vigour, independence and self-confidence. These fundamental principles provided him with both spiritual fulfilment and the ability to fulfil his duties in the secular world.
The analogy between Marcus Aurelius’ philosophical principles and the fundamental principles of sustainable technology management lies in the focus on continuous change and the individual's autonomy in terms of how to react to these changes. The holistic approach to organizations as a whole and in the context of their environment, and obtaining the right insights to take decisions and make choices, also provide a common ground. Another important similarity is that everyone in an organization has a moral obligation towards that organization and towards his or her colleagues.
Marcus Aurelius ruled the Roman Empire from 161 until 180 A.D. and was the last of the “Five Good Emperors”. Many saw him as a role model, a just and humane ruler, one who embodied the pre-Christian Stoic virtues of Rome. 'Ta eis heauton' ('Meditations'), a series of tracts written by Marcus Aurelius in Greek between 170 and 180 A.D. (while he was on campaign), is still considered to be a literary monument honouring the philosophy of service and duty.