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Blog: Building a World-Class, Inclusive, and Innovative Team... and Work Culture ✊🏽⚡️

Manny Becerra as a child

March 2014

I joined the Tesla Web team in 2012. Since then, our little small team that could has gone on to build some incredible digital features, and has greatly expanded upon the company's Web experience — www.teslamotors.com — that is tailored for a worldwide audience in support of the mission: to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

I place value in candidates that exhibit other skills, like compassion, empathy, critical thinking, are self-motivated and have a desire for lifelong learning[...]

We're now in a place where we need to scale our team for what's ahead of us, and I have the great privilege of being a part of the team's direct hiring process. While we're based out of Palo Alto, we are creating a team with a global presence. So, beyond finding talented and creative engineers that can wrangle code and design the unthinkable, respectively, I place value in candidates that exhibit other skills, like compassion, empathy, critical thinking, are self-motivated and have a desire for lifelong learning, in addition to sharing diverse ideas, represent different walks in Life, and have the desire to collaborate with others.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb

Hiring individuals that are aligned with the team's ethos and that can push the team to the next level on a technical level is critical, but it is only one part of a healthy, sustainable team's dynamic equation.

Without an inclusive and diverse work environment, no amount of good talent can sustain a team's mission.

Other factors in building a healthy, effective team include cultivating an interdependent, growth mindset while applying adaptive, low-friction processes. It's also equally important to co-create and nurture a work environment that places value in individuals being able to safely share their experiences and ideas with one another, experiment with ideas and fail safely, and make suggestions for continued improvement. Without an inclusive and diverse work environment, no amount of good talent can sustain a team's mission, especially, one like ours at Tesla.

The above mentioned approach is what I've been running with, cultivating and iterating on to build a world-class, inclusive and innovative Web and digital product team. I'm excited and honored to be a part of this opportunity, not to mention, grateful to my teammates and leadership for their support in doing the same.

Sound off: What do you value in your digital team or cross-functional teams, both, at the individual and collective levels?

Full steam charge ahead! ⚡️

Manny


I am a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading empathetic, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture, while championing usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. I am also a father, advisor, life-long learner, advocate, community builder, and speaker—I am Human. Learn more