“Even if you feel afraid or it seems unpopular, be courageous enough to embody your whole self at work. Do away with the pretense of a corporate persona. If you lead with an open heart, others will take your example, and you might find you can shift the norms, however modestly, from wherever you are.”
“Wherever you are right now, in this moment, this is your platform for having the impact you desire. If you put all your energy into what you’re doing right here, right now, then the future you desire will find its way to you.”
Cook your favourite gluten free pasta (or spaghetti squash),
then everyone gets to choose their own pasta sauce when you toss each portion with 1-2 TBS of their favourite Cashew Cheese or Pesto Mystiko. For tomato sauce lovers, add in a few spoons of Salsa Kraut and Voila!
Got more time? Call your friend and invite them over, while they are enroute, saute whatever veg you have around, mix and enjoy!
Peel and mash an avocado, add 2 TBS Salsa Kraut, add salt/cayenne to taste. Grab a bag of our favourite organic corn chips, and eat it all up!
Mix 3 TBS Jingle Sauce/Cashew Cheese with 3+ TBS olive oil, shake and serve over your favorite salad. (or if you’re feeling lazy but still care about your health, pour over spinach and hemp hearts)
Take cooked plain rice (we won’t judge you if it’s yesterdays takeout leftovers) re-heat in a pan and toss in 1-2 cups of frozen organic veggies. When the veg is cooked, top with 3+ TBS of Jingle Sauce to take it from “blah leftovers” to “OMG yum!”
Mix 1-2 TBS Cashew Cheese/Jingle Sauce, with 2 TBS Cauliflower Kraut, add a fresh grated veg (carrot, cucumber, turnip or other) a cooked/sprouted bean/lentil of your choice, add a little of your favourite kombucha/kefir until it’s a dip consistency. If it gets too thin add hemp protein to thicken it up again.
“Anyone left out of the dominant economy — women, people of color, indigenous, poor people — is essential to building a new economy that is more clean, more just, and more capable of regenerating Earth’s life-support systems. The world is starved for a lack of us; we have to know this, carry this fire, and drag systems to sanity.”
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“Do you remember the first time you took note of a flock of birds slipstreaming? And someone explained the way they fly aerodynamically and take turns to head up the V-shape and be carried along by the strength of their fellows? Nature is smart. We can learn a lot from it.
No one wants to end up in a job they dislike, but many do. No one wants to be an island either, as a little internal survey we did revealed. At WooThemes, we are determined to make sure everyone in our team is flourishing, growing and enjoying what they give themselves to each day. We recently asked what it was folks enjoyed most about working for Woo.
Drive proposes three elements that motivate and allow us to do our best work – autonomy, mastery and purpose. The most popular answers that came in from the Woo team fell neatly in step with these, with one key addition:
1. Freedom (autonomy)
2. Learning (mastery)
3. Making a difference (purpose)
At WooThemes I get to work with people who live and breathe what I do – so instead of being the guy in the back office who can do machines, I get to be the guy on the team who gets to try out his ideas and learn new things every. single. day. –Danny Santoro
We all derive a level of satisfaction from having a sense of freedom, being productive and doing work that matters and it is not rocket science to equate autonomy, mastery, and purpose to overall workplace happiness. But we believe there is something more that leads to a happy working environment and at Woo, the Motivation Trifecta plays out in the all important context of our highly-functioning and carefully chosen team.
Getting to work with a team of like-minded, thoughtful individuals, all working together to achieve the same two goals. –Bryce Adams
I love working at WooThemes because I get to do what I love and I get to do it with awesome people who are all incredibly talented. –Hugh Lashbrooke
WooThemes started with three people passionate about WordPress working in different corners of the world. Mark and Magnus met in the flesh for the first time over a year after starting a company together, and the level of trust, flexibility and ability to do great work oceans apart is part of our DNA.
The flexibility allowed while working on a distributed team that is spread out over 14 countries, with some of the most talented people in WordPress, on a team that enables me to make decisions that I believe will help better the company. –Maria Scarpello
The very best people for the job are not frequently found on the doorstep, it begs the question of how many times geographical constraints have capped possibility. With roots in remote working relationships, Woo has been very intentionally set up to be an international company we’re in the fortunate position of being able to recruit irrespective of geography and timezone.
It’s exciting to be working on products that are having a real impact for individuals and businesses around the world – enabling new services and offerings for audiences people previously couldn’t reach. Built and powered by a diverse team of talent proving distributed work can be fun, a fantastic learning experience, a more healthy lifestyle, and possibly the future of business. –Mark Forrester
Communication and familiarity
Our company would fall apart if we didn’t put a strong emphasis on the importance of communication. We can’t tap someone on the shoulder, wander over to their desk, or shout from across the office when we’re stuck.
To that end, we have the current setup:
When a new team member joins, we organise a company-wide hangout to get to know our new team member a little better.
We also use Know Your Company to ask them to what they’re working at the beginning of each week. We also find out a little more with some of the questions we ask. Last week we found out a few team members had the McGyver Mullet growing up.
Let the feedback flow!
When everyone’s coming into the office, its easy to give feedback on a daily basis and pick up on team morale. Working remotely doesn’t offer you that luxury, and yearly reviews aren’t enough to give feedback. We’ve followed Buffer’s lead when giving feedback and mentorship. We do these has often as each team member would like.
Work / Life balance
For almost anyone on the team, work is just a few feet away. Its almost too easy to power up in the morning and work through the day without getting out, exercising, socializing, or doing anything other than work. The entire team is sent a Fitbit when joining – this alone won’t give you work / life balance. But it’s a great way for each team member to be conscious of their activity, sleep and diet. And so we can laugh at each other’s step-counts.
Document all the things
We’ve made sure that everything that can possibly be documented has been.
WooTrip and meet-ups
We love remote working, but there’s nothing like getting the team together to meet-up, shake hands, share meals and have a drink together. Once a year we do a company-wide meet-up – this year we’ll be in San Francisco. We’ve also started team meet-ups for any Woo people in similar areas. This year, the North American contingent got together in Chicago.
It seems, people today are looking for freedom and flexibility, but still want to contribute to something meaningful and successful. And that when this is achieved with a spirit of teamwork, the magic happens. How do you (or your team) make remote working awesome? We’d love to hear.”
These are just a few of the reasons we’ve chosen to work with WOOcommerce as our technical backend for the NEOM store.
Want to join the NEOM team?
We are always curious to meet conscious HUB’s, leaders who are making a difference and sharing their passion with the world. If that’s you, and you’d like to reach a larger audience, create effortless online systems to market and sell your events, services, and products. Book a time to meet us, and talk about how we can help you grow.