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Daxko Nation Spotlight on Community: Kayla Ann L.

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The Daxko Nation Spotlight highlights the character and varied interests of Daxko Team Members outside of the office. Check out some of the ways members of the Daxko Nation are engaging with their communities.

Please, introduce yourself!
Kayla Ann L., Support Services Associate

Tell us about some of the things you do when you’re not at work.
I actively participate in the Birmingham Girls Club. Here is a blurb of what we do!

“The Birmingham Girls Club is dedicated to providing a fun, casual network for our city’s ambitious women to grow their ideas, minds, spirits, and bodies while also giving back to this community through philanthropic efforts.”

Every single bit of that is completely true. I joined BGC four months ago in hopes of growing and developing more into who I really am. I have met some of the most interesting, smart, and fun women. They’ve helped me come out of my little “shell” so to speak. It’s also kind of cool to go to Walmart and see someone you know from the community. BGC is still a very new thing, but I’m excited to see what we can accomplish for ourselves and this community.

If you had to choose three words to describe these volunteer activities, what would they be?
Uplifting, loving, sincere — I say this because every experience that we have been a part of as a group goes towards making a direct impact on the life of at least one individual or their whole family.

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How to Make Lemonade

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They say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  OK, sounds good to try to make something good from a bad situation.  However, what they don’t tell you is HOW to make lemonade.  I guess it depends on the actual lemons that life has given you.  For the People Team at Daxko, we had a challenging 2nd quarter as we were down headcount on the team while recruiting needs were up.  So, while these “lemons” were really just some extra challenges, we still needed to figure out how to make lemonade.

Here are a few things we did that could be used whenever we get lemons in the future:

  • Good lemonade only needs lemons, sugar and water:  In our case, determining what was most important to our customers and prioritizing those needs was paramount.  We needed to make sure we were working on Important AND Urgent items first, rather than just Urgent, but not Important, or Important, but not Urgent.  While we don’t want to say “no”, sometimes we may have to say, “not yet” depending on what the highest priorities and needs are.
  • You squeeze more lemons together than alone:  During “lean” times, it is more important than ever to keep communication on teams open and honest so that areas where help is needed can be identified quickly and everyone can come together to help out.  Our People Team really lives this philosophy every day, but even more so during the more challenging times.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of lemonade!  On our team, that can mean when someone seems to be stressing out, offer to take a walk with them (just to get away) or even scheduling one evening a week when the whole team goes out together just to enjoy each other’s company and laugh.  Either way, it can really help to improve your spirits and add to the sweetness of your “lemonade”.

Life can have far more serious “lemons” than just a more than usual challenging time at work.  But, no matter what the lemons, it is always good to remember that you need to know what is really important, ask for help, and enjoy the journey!

Kim B. is a Talent Sherpa who thinks sleeping is an underrated activity and tops every sandwich with potato chips.

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Q2 2014 Centurion Awards

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It is once again time to announce the recipients of the Daxko Software Products Centurion Award. We give out up to 3 awards each quarter in recognition of team members within the Software Products team that best demonstrated the core value of exceptional ownership/passion for their work, product/service, and team over the last quarter in one or more of the following three areas:

  • Delivering solutions and experiences that our customers love and trust
  • Delivering customer experiences in alignment with our customer experience vision
  • Embracing experimentation and the concept of creating more at bats

The Q2 2014 Daxko Software Products Centurion Award winners are…Mike E, Senthil S, and Caleb T. Mike for his work with the QA team on test automation while carrying the load on Well nearly single-handedly. Senthil for jumping in head first into his new role on the Operations team and ramping up the Intellisys team on maintenance. And Caleb for stepping in and providing leadership in the absence of the Director position around tech practices and architectural work for the international dev project.

Congrats to the three of them on a great quarter!