Perpetually Evolving

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Room to Grow

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Every full-time team member at Daxko is given a significant stipend each year to use for their own professional development. As the leader of a growing company, it’s very important to me that each of us on the team, myself included, continue to grow personally in a rewarding career.

We don’t put a lot of stipulations on how each team member uses their professional development dollars, and that’s because every person’s career, goals, and definition of a rewarding career is going to differ slightly from the next person’s. Team members have used their professional development budget to travel to conferences, continue their formal education, take specific skill-related classes, join associations, earn further accreditations, and the list goes on. By allowing each team member to mold their own development, we allow them another degree of ownership in their career. Sense of ownership is a core value of ours at Daxko.

I recently attended a workshop in Chicago as part of my own professional development. I’m interested in how other successful companies work, so I took part in “The Basecamp Way to Work” event hosted by Jason Fried (Basecamp co-founder & CEO) and Ryan Singer (Strategy at Basecamp). They have a pretty radical work concept with most of their team being remote. As Daxko grows, it’s important to me that our remote team members have an exceptional experience and rewarding career to the same degree that our in-office team members do. So, for me, this was a valuable learning experience.

What professional development channels would be most constructive for you? No matter your role, none of us have “arrived”. We all have room to grow. I challenge you to consider your career, how you would like to see it grow, and then identify your next steps in professional development.

Now That It’s Sunk In…

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The 18 months of the presidential election season were bizarre. It made House of Cards seem like a boring political documentary. 

Then came last Tuesday night! Things seemed to become even more unbelievable. In fact, I can’t remember a more surprising outcome of a major event…OK, the Cubs World Series 3-1 come-from-behind victory to snap a 108-year drought was pretty surprising too. 

Regardless of which (if either) of the candidates you were pulling for, I don’t think anyone saw it playing out the way it did. Some people were in tears, others in shock, quite a few yelling “Finally, we stuck it to the establishment!” and a handful googling “homes for sale in Canada.”

Seeing people’s reactions reminds me of something we preach to Daxko team members. During times of great change, those that tend to experience more success and less anxiety have a way of getting comfortable being uncomfortable.

A change is announced. They listen and observe attentively. Like others, they get butterflies and their face might turn a bit red. Then they quickly shift. They ask questions for clarity and understanding. They internalize. Finally, they come to the decision that with change comes opportunity, and they charge forward on this new path with optimism and determination. 

Our new leader has been chosen fair and square by the people, and we’ll have a peaceful transition like we always do. On those two facts alone, we should celebrate. It’s easy to take our unique democracy for granted. 

Regardless of who you supported, the sun rose again on November 9, 2016, and it will do so on January 21, 2017. 

We can all whine and spread the sentiment that “we’re done,” or we can embrace the change, hold our leaders accountable, spread optimism and pray our leaders do what they’re called to do. 

Get comfortable being uncomfortable!

Daxko Turns 18 and Says Goodbye to an Old-Timer

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Today, Daxko hits a milestone. It’s our 18th birthday! So in a way, we are now “officially” an adult, even though we don’t always act like it.

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We mark our birthday by the start date of our first-ever team member, Wei Jiang on October 14, 1998. Wei remains a key member of our software development team, and he has played a critical role in our success and growth. 

wei-02Wei has seen and done a lot over the past 18 years. Not only was he the creator and keeper of many of our software products, but he’s also experienced the highs and lows of being a part of a growth and change-oriented company. 

One of the inventible changes is the coming and going of team members, and today marks the celebration of one of those departures — a “retirement” if you will.  

Over her 16 years, 8 months and 13 days at Daxko, April Benetollo has led marketing, sales, product management, our People Team, career development, and more “assignments” I’m sure I’m forgetting.

dsc00013april_nationapril02We’ve experienced 14 straight years of double-digit growth, have a dominant position in our market and have built a very strong brand, and April has played an active, key role in all of it. We’re very thankful for her massive contributions and are excited for what lies ahead in her career.

April now joins an impressive alumni group, including Uncle Barry, Britney, JSides, Holly, Jeremy, Keefus, Toby, Susan, Austin, Tony, Anne and so many others. 

But we also have a great group of remaining old-timers such as Wei, Ming, Saranda, Rick, Patrick, Dan Van, Josh, Bryan, Todd, Heather and several Matts to name but a few, as well as newer team members like Moses, Kelly, Emily, Gabby, Colby, Napo, Alex and Mike that are ready and able to keep the momentum going strong and take us into the future. 

As we celebrate these milestones, it acts as a reminder of how the entire team — alumni, old-timers and relative newbies alike — are the reason behind our success. 

Thanks Team Daxko!

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