I had the opportunity to attend Delphix‘s Company Kick Off last week in San Francisco. This was my first time at an event of this nature and it was incredibly successful. As Delphix had just promoted Adam Bowen and me to the Office of CTO, along with promoting Eric Schrock to the CTO position, I was in an enviable position, but not just because of the role change.
For some reason, my badge stated I was in Product Management, (I wasn’t) and as I was transitioning from my previous role in Technical Product Marketing, (I was the full-on techie on the team.) I now belonged to a group that hadn’t existed when they planned the event. I decided to become a “free agent” for the week and took advantage of not belonging in anyone. As the company split into their designated groups- Sales, Engineering and Professional Services, I started to move between the department events. This resulted in some incredible perspectives on our company and why the diversity of the roles and groups serve the company as a whole.
First off- kudos to the entire marketing team for the event. It was incredibly well done. The venue and location was excellent. Having everyone in one place, considering how many of us are remote, really made a huge difference. All of this had to be coordinated- event, people, travel, content and commonly three separate events stitched into one! As a remote employee, it was great to finally put faces to names. Networking, community and social events gave us more than enough time to get to know those we only knew virtually and even in three days, I felt more connected to the teams.
The company kick off started with a talk from John Foley, the Blue Angels pilot, who discussed his Glad to be Here movement, (#gladtobehere). It was very inspirational and I added significant knowledge in the value of the feedback phase of projects, which I believe is a weakness in me as a mentor. Our CEO Chris Cook and others from the C-Level then presented Delphix goals for the next year in a very energized way that provided unification of focus for all of us. With our heads filled with a full picture of where we were headed, we sat down to a dinner and the big company party to follow.
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What did I learn that I may not have known before? That our CEO, Chris Cook is really fantastic. He knows the business, is very personable and took the time to visit with as many Delphixers as he could during the week. He’s also not afraid to have fun and knows that downtime is essential to a healthy work environment.
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Our CEO, Chris Cook, reliving the 80’s for our Company Kick Off party. I look like I’m signing for someone to call me. The 80’s were not my best years…