(VIDEO) Debts & Lessons Week Day 5: Thanks to Darren Murph

Luis thanks Darren Murph in his virtual coffee chat

It’s the last day of the Debts & Lessons Week on Think Remote and today, Luis thanks Darren Murph, the Head of Remote at GitLab.

Darren Murph holds the Guinness World Record as the planet’s most prolific professional blogger, which is actually something that you really aim for if you’re a writer. Luis calls Darren his “personal hero” because what Darren writes and the way he does it will inspire you. Luis recommends that you must follow Darren Murph on LinkedIn. You’ll see how Darren always thinks macro, he always thinks scale. He always talks about tools and strategies that will ripple across a huge company. He is very clear at communicating the things that he does and the things that he suggested and the things that work and don’t work. And that’s why his writings and many interviews are an absolute treasure trove of information. In this video, Luis shares more details.

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Transcript

Luis: Today on Virtual Coffee Chat with Luis for Think Remote. It’s Debts and Lessons day five. Let’s have some coffee while talking about people who have influenced me, my thoughts about my remote work and my leadership style over the past few years, but first a bit of coffee.

So last day, and for the last day, I am going to pick a personal hero of mine, Darren Murph. Darren Murph is the Head of Remote at GitLab. And when I say personal hero, I mean that technically. Darren is the kind of person that people aim towards, aim to being because, not only as a world class professional, he is actually a Guinness World Record holding journalist. Right? I mean, when you talk about heroes, that’s what you’re talking about, people that you look up to, that you want to emulate. And he holds the Guinness World Record as the planet’s most prolific professional blogger, which is actually something that you really aim for if you’re a writer like me.

But besides that, this is not a podcast about writing, but what Darren does and what we’ve talked about in the past and what he keeps on constantly sharing and talking about is really how to build culture at scale, right? That’s the key word and the real challenge is the scale part. If your company is small, I mean, I have a friend that has a marketing company with really strong, really cool culture, but they’re a small culture. They’re a small team. They’re like five people. That’s the company. And well, it needs to be intentional, right? It requires work when doing remote work, when building your remote culture, any number requires work. But if you’re intentional about it, you can do five people okay-ish, right? Darren needed to craft. And maybe craft is the wrong word. I don’t think he would enjoy it so much, but to help grow culture in a place with over 1200 remote workers, GitLab. And they have a culture that all of them connect and relate to it. And that is a major achievement, right?

If you read Darren’s writing, which I really recommend you do, he does it on LinkedIn, you’ll see that he always thinks macro, he always thinks scale. He always talks about tools and strategies that will ripple across a huge company, because that’s what he needs to do, right? That’s the position that he is in. It doesn’t allow him to do any otherwise, right? It’s like 1200 people and you need to grow a culture that includes all of those. That’s absolutely insane. And thanks to his practice, right, thanks to his practice, he’s a very prolific writer. He is very clear at communicating the things that he does and the things that he suggested and the things that work and don’t work. And that’s why his writings and many interviews are an absolute treasure trove of information.

So he is the person that I choose to end the Debts and Lessons week. He’s the person for day five. Darren Murph, I follow him on LinkedIn and that’s where I recommend look for him, Darren Murph and GitLab. I believe he’s also on Twitter, but I don’t use Twitter for that kind of stuff, but I’ll have my team put it up in the show notes so you can also follow him on Twitter, if that’s your preference.

And if you want to learn more about remote work from either perspective, either from the perspective of the business owner, the culture builder, or from the perspective of boots on the ground, right, a digital employee, maybe you just got to remote work and you want to keep getting better and better at it, think remote.com. That’s a great place to be. We’ve crafted it with that purpose. If you sign up for the Think Remote Newsletter, I will make sure that the best content gets to you every week.

And because it’s launch month, we are doing a giveaway of some free-standing desks and for the people who sign up to the newsletter. So don’t miss out on that opportunity. If you enjoy the Virtual Coffee Chat with Luis, please have a sip of coffee. And now that you’re happy after your delightful sip of coffee, press like, subscribe, share. That would be lovely. That would be ideal. I hope you enjoyed this week of me being grateful to the people who influenced me in the remote workspace. Please tune in next week for some new topics here in Virtual Coffee Chat with Luis for Think Remote. See you next week.

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