Blog:Building a World-Class, Inclusive, and Innovative Team... and Work Culture ✊🏽⚡️
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 enjoy and value working with individuals who are open to walking down the path of growth—beyond the technical & product domains; individuals that see and understand the intersectional impact of their technology on society's well-being or otherwise.
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, inclusion, empathy, critical thinking, are self-motivated, and have a desire for lifelong learning. In addition, I value diversity in backgrounds, ideas, experiences, and life journeys, including ones ability to be consciousness about others' well-being and value.
Hiring individuals that are aligned with the team's ethos, or values, 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
goodtalent 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.
See also: Values-aligned Entrepreneurship
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb
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?
steam charge ahead! ⚡️
I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny