I started the year with hitting the road early. It is easy to get into it when you love what you’re doing though.
2013 opened with a trip to Bali for our team building event with our Design and Development Team.
Sounds like fun? Well, it actually exceeded my expectations. After Vanuatu and Fiji (which I both loved) I thought I had the hang of the tropical island ‘feeling’.
Bali is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited…
It all begun on the 3rd of January.
Our team members flew in from 6 different locations to meet in the incredibly beautiful tropical Indonesian island of Bali.
We’ve been looking forward to the trip for quite some time and the whole team was ready for it
We ended up having an awesome time and loads of fun, while we also managed to get some work done :p
A big part of my job @ Cheap Sheds as the MD is building the team and I thoroughly enjoy that.
Initially it took some time to realise how important part of my role this was, however when I did, I researched CEO’s and managing directors who mostly focused on building their team to see how other successful companies went about it.
There are many great examples, however my biggest inspiration was Marten Mickos, former CEO of open source database company, MySQL.
This Finish gentlemen lead the Swedish start up (MySQL) into the open source world’s biggest success and showed that open source can actually be very profitable when MySQL was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008. MySQL had team members (around 500 people) from around the world and the majority of the team worked from home.
Having many culture’s input benefited MySQL in my view as every culture and language thinks somewhat differently and can be more creative.
Culture is very important. A big part of enjoying Bali so much was the incredible culture of the place. Most people love exploring other cultures and in my view it is very positive for a business to be influenced by many cultures.
At the time I also read Good to Great by Jim Collins, which is a fantastic book and learned that building a team is best if a group of great people pulled together and we’ll figure out how we are going to work and who is doing what on the project, than coming up with position descriptions and hiring for those roles.
So we built the team by hiring smart, switched on people and we have some incredible talents on our team and we’re just dividing the work between us
Bali is a bit of a mix of cultures itself and it is obviously heavily influenced by Hindu, as well as Chinese and Indian culture. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country and the island of Bali is home to Indonesia’s Hindu minority.
Luckily Rico, a talented Graphic Designer and Videographer on our team is not only a great graphic artist, but super switched on with moving and still pictures as well.
Having a professional photographer on the team, we ended up with amazing pictures, so feel free to check them out and have a look at Bali through Rico’s lens