Jacques Cousteau Team Member – Andre Laban 1928-2018

What does exploration mean to you in your life and in your work?  Maybe it’s possible to have a better handle on disruptive change driving new horizons for us personally and in the ways in which organizations work and serve others. At the heart of exploring is a desire to know. A curiosity to learn new things. Imagine incorporating everyday exploration into life as a way to grow, to understand the world better and our place in it.

To learn something new is a Fathom trait and trademark, Deep Insight, Direct Results. Yes, it’s easier to simply check the boxes, but that’s not why we get up in the morning.

In the spirit of exploration, Fathom is celebrating the sea with our new website launch. We hope you will take a few minutes to look around. This was a major overhaul and undertaking with lots of attention to our vision and what makes Fathom – Fathom.  We hope you like it – Fathom Corporate Training

Some of the words we like best about our very personal connection with the sea were spoken by John F. Kennedy.

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” Remarks at the Dinner for the America’s Cup Crews, September 14, 1962

Here at Fathom we also like to think about the legendary explorer of the sea, Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau was one of the world’s most prolific explorers pushing boundaries of the unknown each and every day. As a cinematographer he incorporated one of his other skills to bring the sea and its mysterious creatures into the living rooms of ordinary people. To celebrate our launch and milestone, Fathom just purchased a painting by Andre Laban, the Chief Officer and Engineer who worked side by side with Cousteau on the infamous ship Calypso for more than 20 years. Andre is renowned for creating paintings underwater at depths of 30-60 feet donning scuba gear. Take a look at Andre Laban and his work in this short video clip.

We have been doing lots in the way of exploring recently. Last year Fathom friends swam with the whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico. This yearly migration of the whale shark is amazing. These gentle creatures feed on plankton and krill and have no real predators except for man and propellers. One can simply swim along aside them and get a sense of their massive size and power. A life changing experience.

Looking ahead, we will explore the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas this June. We are excited to encounter the multi-blue colored water and beauty and the caves of the Abacos which are interconnected like the caves surrounding the blue hole in Belize once explored by Cousteau. We will see what secrets the Abacos reveal to us!

And of course we continue with Fathom’s mission of exploring together with our clients the challenges they face and new ways to navigate forward. In short, we are at our best, when our clients are at theirs.

What are you doing these days to explore and learn?