Updated: Apr 9, 2020
04/08/20: Updated to include Michael Case, Senior Partner who just joined RocketPower!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
This was famously spoken by Nelson Mandela. Right now, fear is everywhere. Am I going to get sick? Will my loved ones get sick? Will my job be impacted? How long will it take for this pandemic to get under control? How long will it take for the economy to improve?
During times like this, fear is natural. It is a natural reaction to want to batten down the hatches and try to just ride out the storm. While caution and prudence are wise right now, it is also a perfect time to take a look within and find ways to improve -both personally and professionally. Right now, for businesses to succeed, courage is needed as well. Courage has been defined (as Mandela spoke) as resoluteness and determination to press on to success, even in the face of overwhelming difficulty.
RocketPower entered this year with the goal of finding new ways to create outstanding value for our clients, continuing to provide a great place to work for our employees, and doubling our ARR for the 4th year in a row. While our revenue goal may change, now is the time for us to double down on the core in this chaotic world: find new ways to create value for our existing clients and future clients while continuing to take care of our employees
This economic situation is going to put good people and good companies in circumstances that are out of their control. That leaves us with two options: 1) Batten down the hatches and hope we can ride out the storm. Or 2) look for ways to unite the industry’s best in talent, and to lean in to these tough times together, creating a stronger RocketPower that can take care of our people now, and one that will be strongly positioned for success when the economy inevitably turns positive.
We have made the company decision for option 2. Fortunately, I have had the honor of working with some great people and companies throughout my career and have been able to form meaningful relationships with them. One such company was founded by someone whom I have respected for many years, Cody Voellinger. A couple of years ago he sold his company to a larger company that was able to build on his momentum and build a great team. Unfortunately, that company recently decided to close its operations. When we learned this was going to happen, I reached out to Cody who graciously gave me a call while traveling with his family. I asked him a few simple questions. The first question was, if I could hire some of the people from his team, who should I hire? I already had some in mind and Cody’s list was longer than RP could realistically absorb, but it once again reinforced my respect for Cody. He loves his team and he is a great leader who hires great people.
After many conversations with various members of the team, we are proud to welcome an amazing team of executive recruiters, formerly with Ejento, to the RocketPower team! Joining us this week are Tommy Jenkins, Brittany Barron, Kyle Edquist...and as of April 5, Michael Case. This team brings exceptional experience recruiting CEO’s, leaders in Engineering, People and Talent as well as Business Operations. This compliments our existing capabilities and now enables us to execute on searches from Director level to C level in Engineering, People and Talent, Business Operations and Go To Market.
We know that the future is still uncertain for all of us. But we truly believe that it’s important to face these challenges with courage and find ways to come together that are beneficial to all. We are confident that RocketPower this week, with these new team members, is a stronger, more capable team that can add more value to our clients and hopefully help other companies and people continue to succeed during these times.
Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay at home!