“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Alvin Toffler

We live in exciting and challenging times. Technology is making our world smaller and more connected, but also more complicated.

As markets evolve and the nature of work changes, the skills needed to sustain growth in the 21st century are changing too.

To remain competitive in the workplace we must continue to learn. 



THE WorkPLACE is changing

We tend to think about our lives in three parts – learning as something we do in school in order to get a job, then work and then (hopefully) we retire and enjoy the fruits of our labour. Most of us know that it is rarely this simple or straightforward these days.

In fact, when you millenials reach middle age, it’s likely that not only will you be in jobs not yet defined,  handle portfolio careers and have a side hustle as the norm; it’s also likely that with economic pressures and an ageing population – that retirement won’t kick in until 70. 

In fact, it’s likely that many of you will work well into your 70s choosing a more flexible sustainable approach to working and retirement than your Gen X parents and Boomer grandparents. So you want to get yourself in a position where you’re doing stuff you enjoy right? So what does that mean? 

You’ve got to think about your own work journey and take responsibility for your own learning & experience. You’ve got to act as if you’re your own career manager.  You’ve got to ask yourself . . how do I best equip myself for the future? for a long and sustainable working life. . ? What kind of skills should I be cultivating? What kinds of behaviours will get me there? What kinds of opportunities am I looking for?

LEARNING WILL CHANGE YOU

The mind that opens up to new ideas, never returns to its original size.

We’re creating a collective of progressive creatively intelligent people who can develop with us as we grow. For indeed the heartland of our growth relies on us developing the most important assets in our business; our people.

We pride ourselves on a grow-your-own people management strategy but as we face bigger and more gnarly challenges in the market here and in the US; the kind of people we need to help us move forward have to be able to push themselves strategically and creatively in order to continue to add more value and progress through the business.

So what does that mean for you? It means you have to keep learning. You have to resist the urge to assume that now that you have a job, that tenure will be enough to ensure successive pay rises and promotions. It won’t.  You, just like us, have to keep learning and changing and moving forward. And by the way, once you get into it, you’ll realise that actually, it’s way more fun than just settling in your day job.

 It’ll spark new connections in your brain, it’ll help you identify new opportunities to contribute and to gain experience, and best of all – it might just develop a new skill or passion in you that you never knew you had.

So for those of you who have just joined us – welcome to the next season of your working life. And for those of you who have been with us while – buck up, it’s about to get real. We’re going to build a collective of engaged, passionate, self learners who create their own opportunities. 

That’s the kind of company we want to be.

 

Jen Stumbles

"If you continue to make withdrawals from the bank of the mind without depositing, you will go bankrupt."

The way we work around here

The foundation of this company we’re building is based on the way we behave, the behaviours we practice. So here’s the transformative behaviours built into the DNA of our company. 

Our Transformative Behaviours


These behaviours govern how we approach our work, how we engage with each other and with our clients and suppliers. We think they're one of the driving forces of the success of our people and our business. They're the behaviours that set us apart from all the other companies and we call them transformative because we believe if you practice them, you will transform - your mindset, your skills, your relationships and your life. 

 
 

Contagious Passion

Passion is that moment before progress when all you have is that explosive desire to know or to do or to try.

Curiosity

Think big and wide and different. Hate mediocrity. Follow yourself down the rabbit hole.

Imagination

Many strong opinions. Held lightly. We value the changing of minds & the treasure that comes from asking 'What if . . ?'

Humility

Overconfidence is a lack of imagination. The inability to see another point of view. Give up your pride but retain your dignity.

Beta Thinking

We're obsessed with finding better solutions. We think iteratively and collaboratively and we're not afraid to be the dumbest person in the room. Ever.

Kindness

It costs nothing and it means everything. Sprinkle that shit everywhere.

Making thinking visible

How can the workplace be a place of intellectual stimulation where learning is viewed as a culture, as a way of interacting? How can thinking be made visible in any area, at any level through the use of effective questioning, 'thinking routines' and reflection.

Cultivating a growth mindset

What if we accepted that intelligence is not static and can be developed and increased as we learn? What if we embraced challenges and viewed them as obstacles? What if we didn't have to worry about looking stupid or making mistakes because we understand that they are experiences that deepen our intelligence?

Managing the whole self

What if we decided to reveal more of our selves at work? What would be possible? How would our workplace be different? What would be the impact on people we work with and lead?

Building stamina for change

In a rapidly changing world the way we work, live, communicate and play is changing at an alarming rate. In fact, the only constant is change. So what is change stamina? What does it look like? How do we build it and why do we need it?

Join industry events & create your own peer-to-peer network.

Everyone we meet is either a blessing or a lesson. Which will you meet? which will you be?

Read.


What's the difference between someone who can't read and someone who won't? Nothing.

Look after yourself.

You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. What change do you need to make?

Why i work @ eco . . .

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"I feel like there's no better place to spend the formative years of my career than at a fast growth entrepreneurial company that is starting to scale internationally. It's an exciting time to be with the business.."

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"When you work with smart people, you have to be smarter. The biggest worry I have in my career is not working in a small or a large company, it's that the people I work with won't push me to be the best I can be.."

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"The question is not whether you work for a big or a small business. The question is whether the business you work for is growing in a way that provides exciting and accessible opportunity or not.."