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WordCamp Atlanta - Go Far Together

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WordCamp Atlanta - Go Far Together

  1. 1. Cory J. Miller Founder, iThemes.com Go Far Together Lessons Learned from 6 Years of Team Building
  2. 2. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African Proverb @corymiller303#wcatl
  3. 3. Individuals don’t climb mountains. Teams do. @corymiller303#wcatl
  4. 4. A Group of Supremely Talented People Committed to Go Far Together @corymiller303#wcatl
  5. 5. We’ve broken most of the rules @corymiller303#wcatl
  6. 6. LESSON #1 Ensure the Right Fit @corymiller303#wcatl
  7. 7. “A suitable quality, standard or type to meet required purpose” @corymiller303#wcatl
  8. 8. Do they align with who we are? Will we like working with them? Can they do the job? @corymiller303#wcatl
  9. 9. Do they believe in where we’re going? @corymiller303#wcatl
  10. 10. Many mistakes, misalignments & misfires here @corymiller303#wcatl
  11. 11. LESSON #2 Nurture Belonging @corymiller303#wcatl
  12. 12. Everybody wants to belong @corymiller303#wcatl
  13. 13. Our logo is their symbol of belonging ! (for our customers too) @corymiller303#wcatl
  14. 14. i.e. Shirts, Hoodies, Stickers and being one of us @corymiller303#wcatl
  15. 15. Team is family @corymiller303#wcatl
  16. 16. CARE @corymiller303#wcatl
  17. 17. Giving recognition & credit where it is rightly due @corymiller303#wcatl
  18. 18. Best way to nurture belonging? @corymiller303#wcatl
  19. 19. Quality Time Together @corymiller303#wcatl
  20. 20. Like playing Mario Kart until 1:30 a.m. @corymiller303#wcatl
  21. 21. Creating belonging with spouses too @corymiller303#wcatl
  22. 22. But belonging is also Earned @corymiller303#wcatl
  23. 23. Showing up & doing the work ! Whatever it takes ! Day in, Day out Consistently @corymiller303#wcatl
  24. 24. LESSON #3 Reward Contribution @corymiller303#wcatl
  25. 25. Performance, Effort & Commitment @corymiller303#wcatl
  26. 26. Doesn’t always mean money @corymiller303#wcatl
  27. 27. i.e., a simple thank you, recognition, travel, dinners … @corymiller303#wcatl
  28. 28. Learning their Love Language @corymiller303#wcatl
  29. 29. Uniquely showing each person they are special, valued & appreciated @corymiller303#wcatl
  30. 30. LESSON #4 Foster Learning @corymiller303#wcatl
  31. 31. No one has magically arrived @corymiller303#wcatl
  32. 32. Investing in people shows you care @corymiller303#wcatl
  33. 33. Helping them blossom & bloom @corymiller303#wcatl
  34. 34. i.e., Kindles library, conferences, ‘learn & grow’ days, mentoring @corymiller303#wcatl
  35. 35. Giving them BIG challenges, then supporting & celebrating their work @corymiller303#wcatl
  36. 36. LESSON #5 Protect From Inside & Outside Forces @corymiller303#wcatl
  37. 37. Outside noise & distractions @corymiller303#wcatl
  38. 38. Inside poisonous & destructive elements @corymiller303#wcatl
  39. 39. I am the supreme protector of our family @corymiller303#wcatl
  40. 40. LESSON #6 Expect Commitment @corymiller303#wcatl
  41. 41. Commitment should be the natural result @corymiller303#wcatl
  42. 42. All in, one for all, all for one, no exceptions @corymiller303#wcatl
  43. 43. 1. Ensure the right fit 2. Nurture belonging 3. Reward contribution 4. Foster learning 5. Protect from destructive forces 6. Expect commitment @corymiller303#wcatl
  44. 44. NOW… ! What awesome summits will you climb together? @corymiller303#wcatl
  45. 45. What legends, stories & memories will you create together? @corymiller303#wcatl
  46. 46. T H I S I S M E ! cory@iThemes.com @corymiller303

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