Three Commitments to my New Team
In 2005, I founded my first company, Blue Stone International. We bootstrapped, innovated, scaled, and eventually sold nine years later for $30M. It was fun, it was a ton of work, and I learned a lot that I’m now applying at my new venture Spaulding Ridge. Our current team of 30 will double in the next two months and I’m investing in the company’s success by investing in them.
Here are my three commitments to our new team:
CHOOSE YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Every team member will receive an annual professional development budget to spend on any educational initiative they choose. Some are using it for a conference or to take an online course, while others are taking a crowd-sourcing approach by pooling their stipends together to bring in a speaker for the team. Regardless, they are responsible for the best allocation of these funds and to demonstrate how it will benefit them personally and our company overall. This will help create a culture of learning and growth.
PROVIDE WORLD-CLASS PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
At Spaulding Ridge, we’re leveraging our experience to offer clients a best-in-cloud approach to IT strategy and implementation. Therefore, we are utilizing the same technologies ourselves by providing our team with the best applications to do their jobs and make life easier. Our employees will be working in multiple states, as well as from the road, and our processes, systems, and platforms will be set up for mobile use to maximize efficiency, continuity, and collaboration. This will make for more productive and happy employees.
PRIORITIZE CONNECTION WITH EACH OTHER & THE WORLD
We are intentionally creating an inclusive and diverse community – not just by what we say – but through who we hire and how we allocate resources. We are prioritizing social hours and activities for our team members to get to know each other. We are listening to the research on travel and the employee experience. Our team will connect and engage with the global community through initiatives like our Women’s Leadership Retreat in Nicaragua with Ignite. These initiatives will provide meaningful engagement and alignment for our company.
These commitments are my attempt to join the movement of forward-thinking leaders who understand that business is not a zero-sum game. Our companies can provide world-class services, generate significant profit and ROI, while also being a force for good… in the lives of our employees, our clients, and the world at large. That’s my goal in the next season, and I couldn’t be more excited to do it with the growing and talented team joining me at Spaulding Ridge.