It’s that time of year again! We had our triannual team summit this past week and we want to share some things we learned.
As a distributed workforce, we’ve gotten pretty good at cyber communications, but email threads and Slack messages can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. We’ve learned that it’s always important to get together, IRL, and suss out each others communication styles. Some of our team members like instant notifications, via Slack, while others would rather be tagged in a Google Document, as a record of any correspondence. These unique working styles come to the forefront after a few days of face-to-face time.
We’re not gonna lie, it wasn’t all heads down work at our team summit. Our fabulous CEO, Marci Ikeler, along with our Operations Manager, Chelsie Venee (or as we fondly refer to her: our “Wizard of Oz”) took us on a sailboat excursion. That’s right, we sailed from Venice to Malibu and all hopped in the Pacific Ocean. We had a work-related dialogue on the way there, but it was great to relax and bond over wine, fried chicken, and s’mores on the way back. Suffice it to say that we all left the outing refreshed and reinvigorated.
Variety is the spice of life
Too often, working individuals can get stuck in their day-to-day, performing the same tasks over and over until they’re no longer challenging nor exciting. It’s important to check in with our team members and ask them what they’re loving about their role and responsibilities, along with what they wouldn’t mind passing on. This summit we went around the table to voice our areas of fatigue, and speak up about what interests us, which led to some pretty fascinating realizations. Our Paid Media Manager, Carlos Ochoa, actually loves photo editing! Who would have thought?
Overall we’d say that it was an extremely successful summit, where we created some tactical plans to move forward with new clients, as well as building upon existing success stories. Thanks for having us Venice!