Drupal GovCon 2015 Presentation: Cultivating Extraordinary Culture on Distributed Teams

Video of my “Cultivating Extraordinary Culture on Distributed Teams” presentation at Drupal GovCon 2015 is now available (slides).

Session description

Culture is the most essential element in building healthy and high-performing teams.

A positive work environment makes team members feel appreciated, builds a sense of community, and helps foster overall job satisfaction.

However, all too often, company culture is considered an after-thought, and addressed way too late after the “core” business needs are met.

The distributed (“remote”) team offers additional challenges, as co-workers miss many of the traditional culture sustaining activities around the watercooler, over drinks, or after work hours.

In this session we will explore the topics:

  • Choosing the best collaboration tools for distributed teams
  • Improving remote team engagement and sustainable performance
  • Building a sense of community and opportunities for learning and growth
  • Best practices for to balancing work and home life
  • Managing conflict, issues and “bad apples”
  • Finding mission, meaning and significance in at work

This session will include both a presentation and a facilitated open discussion to elicit the wisdom of the participants.

2017-03-31T06:19:57+00:00 Categories: Culture, Events|

About the Author:

Aaron co-founded CivicActions in 2004. In his role as Chief Experience Officer (CXO), he is responsible for company culture, talent acquisition, professional development and marketing.

In 2016, Aaron served at the United States Digital Service (USDS) helping improve the way the federal government procures digital services through culture change, policy reform, and strategic planning.

He brings more than 20 years of information technology, free and open source software and consulting industry experience to managing the firm and advising clients.

Prior to CivicActions, Aaron facilitated leadership and communication seminars, creating extraordinary opportunities for men and women to deepen relationships, accomplish personal goals, and realize their authentic passions. He brings this experience to the unique aspects of generating a healthy organizational culture within a distributed team.

He has presented at numerous conferences on a diverse range of interests and passions including federal procurement, organizational culture, digital strategy, free and open source software and mindfulness.

Aaron lives between Oakland, CA, Washington D.C. and San Mateo, Costa Rica, with his wife Nikki and their two daughters. He is passionate about photography, pugilism, snowboarding, podcasts, and fostering community.