Taking a Voyage of Discovery

By Della Rucker

[Two silhouettes of men in the distance in a small canoe, on a foggy lake fishing on a early somber morning.]

[Two silhouettes of men in the distance in a small canoe, on a foggy lake fishing on a early somber morning.]

We ask a great deal from the young people who work on Econogy Talent Group projects.  We give them a level of responsibility that few conventional jobs will likely offer them.  We ask them to create solutions to problems that have no standard answers, and we require them to explain recommendations, sometimes to people three times older than they are.  

We coach, we structure, we manage, but that doesn’t make the inherent challenge of the work any less.

We do this for two reasons.  First, we are convinced that real solutions that fit the emerging world require something much different from conventional wisdom -- and we’ve found that teams of young professionals are better at finding those solutions than others.  

We also believe that enabling these young people to make the impact we all need them to make requires giving them the chance to stretch and grow and take on tough challenges.  

Our team members often find themselves in projects where their school-taught skills must be applied in ways that weren’t covered in any of their textbooks or classes.  Business programs seldom asks you to design a fundraising campaign for a cartoon series, and data analytics classes seldom create a pricing model for a product that has no competition. 

When they realize the scope of the challenge in front of them, new Econogy Talent Group members sometimes flinch. It all sounded good, until they realize that there’s no road map directing them to the final destination.  

Which means they might end up taking a detour into the weeds.

One of the skills that we have to coach in our teams -- and often, in our clients -- is that this new economy requires us to test, to try, to learn.  And doing that means that the path to the best solution might not take an entirely straight line.  

Perhaps we should be talking about the process of creating new products and transforming old ways, as a Voyage of Discovery, like an adventurer crossing the ocean.  We don’t know exactly what we will find when we set out, but if we look hard and think critically, chances are we will find something of great value.  

Young professionals who work on Econogy Talent Group teams usually tell us afterward that the project was more rewarding, more confidence-building and more transformative than their classroom or extracurricular experience. And with nearly 100% of our clients coming back to work with our teams again, it’s clear that companies gain significant benefits from the Voyage of Discovery as well.  

We’re looking forward to accompanying you on your expedition.  And we’re confident that, together, we’ll find an exceptional harbor.