Our Philosophy

When CEO Mark Bagnall started our business in 1995, he wanted to create a new type of consulting company — one that clients and employees actually enjoyed working with. Mark envisioned a team that never settled for the status quo or only did the bare minimum. He wanted to surround himself with people who always go the extra mile and put that extra degree of effort into everything they do. This philosophy led to an internal mantra that continues to inspire our team today:

Take it to 212°.

212° refers to the boiling point of water. As author Sam Parker describes in his book, 212: The Extra Degree:

“At 211° water is hot. At 212°, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. The one extra degree makes the difference.”


At Bagnall, we have not just built a company; we have created a world where every “citizen” takes it to 212° and goes the extra mile to enhance your happiness and health. From the interactions you have with our team, to little details like our branding and collateral (which use circles and earthy imagery to represent the degree symbol and Bagnall’s “world”), everything we do reinforces this philosophy.

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