I am the CEO and founder of Lidr.co, an ecosystem that helps to grow great tech leaders. We foster a community and deliver live, online, practical trainings for aspiring and seasoned engineering leaders, from tech leads all the way up to CTOs. I was CTO for 8 years before starting this venture.
Tell us about your team!
How big is it?
We are 7 people now, I act as CEO, 1 COO, 1 in Operations, 3 in Marketing, and 1 in sales
Where are your teammates located?
Barcelona (Spain), Madrid (Spain) and Bogotá (Colombia)
What does your team do? What are you responsible for?
At this moment I am a jack of all trades, defining the strategy of the company, but also involved in product definition, responsible of strategic partnerships, and overseeing main topics in operations, marketing and sales.
What are the components of a strong remote culture?
Communication, trust and autonomy.
Strong remote cultures are built on strong connections. Strong connections are built with Hailey.
How do you make sure your team is happy and engaged in their work?
Regular check-ins where we discuss much more than professional topics, getting personal is essential to build trust and feel engaged. Any meeting or event is a excuse to talk a bit with each other.
We keep our team happy by conducting regular check-ins where we discuss much more than professional topics, getting personal is essential to building trust and promoting engagement.
What's your biggest challenge as a remote leader?
Creative work is very difficult to be handled remotely. Even with better and better collaboration tools, it’s not as effective as in person.
Also having and giving visibility about current progress and what the team is struggling with, basically communication. You have less excuses to have personal interactions so you need to be very disciplined on documentation and information sharing.
My Remote Manager Toolbox
Nothing yet other than virtual hangouts.
Since we are a small team, we have enough with getting personal i.e. weekend plans, holidays plans, any familiar issue.
Products & Tools
We have used karmabot in the past for both our team and our training programs, and now thinking about implementing our own version of heyburrito repo.
Resources for remote leaders
For sure, we created our community (community.lidr.co) with that specific purpose in mind. As a leader in tech, I didn’t find structured content to learn and a safe circle to discuss and share challenges. So I created it for me and for others in my situation.
Make your company a great place to work
"Adding Hailey has been by far the lowest effort, highest impact thing we’ve done to bring our globally scattered team together!" - Mary Grace Reich