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Meet James Wolcott
Before working at MorganFranklin, what was the most unusual or interesting job you have ever had?
When I was stationed at the Pentagon, one of my jobs was to brief the Air Force Chief of Staff every morning. He is the top 4-star general that leads the Air Force, kind of like a CEO. My workday literally started at about 2:00 in the morning in order to give us time to research global issues from across the Air Force and then build and present his daily briefing. It was fascinating to see the Air Force from his strategic perspective and concerns, and quite a meaningful learning opportunity for a young officer.
How did you first learn about MorganFranklin?
A colleague from my previous consulting firm found his way to MorganFranklin several years ago and thought it would be a perfect fit for me. After a few discussions about how the firm was growing and how I could fit into those plans, he easily convinced me MorganFranklin was a place I could really contribute. My experience here has been fantastic… he was right!
As a retired Air Force senior officer, what drew you to pursue a career in MorganFranklin’s public sector practice? How has MorganFranklin changed since then?
One of the things MorganFranklin asked me to help them do was establish business and consulting capabilities in the Air Force and other Department of Defense markets. Based on my Air Force background and previous consulting experience, I knew it would be a rewarding opportunity. Since joining MorganFranklin, we have started up an Air Force-focused account, are expanding our other Department of Defense opportunities, and are now introducing new consulting services. It has been very exciting!
Are there any similarities between the culture and work you did in the Air Force and your career here at MorganFranklin?
I would say that we probably focus on and pursue our business goals very much like we did accomplishing the mission in the Air Force, and that we do so as a team, not as individuals. I find that very rewarding, not only as a familiar business operating model, but one that I know from experience is extremely effective, regardless of your endeavor.
If you had to recruit someone to join the MorganFranklin team, what are three traits you would want to see in this recruit?
First, I would say that you need to be an individual who will be dedicated to helping the organization grow, develop, and support their fellow team members. We are a team-focused firm, and collaboration skills are an absolute must. Second, I would say someone who demonstrates initiative. I like working with people who are driven and passionate. Finally, I would say someone who embraces and demonstrates professionalism, because almost everyone at MorganFranklin is client-facing. The good thing is, people who have these traits will feel right at home because they will be joining a firm where these traits are the norm!
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career at MorganFranklin?
Come in and talk to us, even if you are not sure people with your background and experience are who we are interested in hiring. Our firm is so diverse in consulting capabilities and services, and we are growing in many directions. Come in and just talk to people about their experience here. Our people are MorganFranklin’s best recruiting tool!
How have you taken ownership of advancing your career at MorganFranklin? What
does “true leadership” mean to you and in the work you do?
The one great characteristic about MorganFranklin is that EVERYBODY here can take ownership of advancing their career. We like to take talented people, provide them with promising opportunities, and then get out of their way. Leadership is situation dependent, not dependent on position or level or job title. I love watching colleagues at all levels step up and take the lead to help deliver the right solutions or lead others to help solve a tough challenge. As I often tell candidates during interviews, the great thing about MorganFranklin is that you are going to make a mark here regardless of your level. That is a leadership opportunity that you do not get in a lot of other firms.
What is your proudest moment at MorganFranklin, and why?
I have had many proud moments here, but probably the one that sticks out the most is watching a team of my MorganFranklin colleagues come together to build the Air Force account. Through their vision and effort, a core of dedicated teammates established a business development model that is now being emulated by other market accounts in the firm. Again, a great opportunity to build something – and opportunity you often do not get working in other firms.
What do you like to do on your days off?
Despite usually being busy, like most people, I am a huge advocate of taking downtime — it helps sharpen your skills that otherwise will become dull from continuous work. I love outdoor activities like fly-fishing, hiking, backpacking, as well as playing guitar… anything that balances my perspective with work. As I like to tell people, I have had some of my best business ideas the day after coming off a trout stream.
What books are at your bedside?
I just finished historian David McCullough’s book, The Wright Brothers. Obviously, as a former Air Force pilot, it appealed to my passion for flight. But it was also a fascinating read about the motivations, dedications, and visionary determination that literally propelled Wilbur and Orville into the air and into history. Meaningful life and business lessons can be gained from the accomplishments of others who operate outside our normal daily routines or time periods. That is why my reading goal is one non-work-related book each month.
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