Creating a Culture of Empowerment

Timeslot: 
Friday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Track: 
Drupal Means Business
Experience Level: 
Intermediate

Drawing on more than thirteen years of leadership at Four Kitchens and other creative organizations, I will discuss why empowerment is the foundation of all successful teams.

What is empowerment? Why does it matter? How can an organization create a culture of empowerment?

The guiding principles of empowerment:

  1. Build a company you would want to work for
  2. Give people control over their destiny
  3. Make trust the center of your culture

How to cultivate empowerment:

  1. Personal brands. You shouldn't be afraid that people will leave. If you’re afraid people will become "too good," then you’re not offering something they want — and you know it.
  2. Go virtual. Allow your team the flexibility to work from home — or anywhere in the world.
  3. Adopt agile methodologies. Allow teams to self-organize around projects and problems.
  4. And much, much more...

About the speaker(s)

Todd Nienkerk is a Digital Strategist and Partner at Four Kitchens. He and the other Web Chefs spend their days making big websites. Todd often serves as a mentor for other companies within the web industry, especially within the world of open source. In the last five years, Todd has spoken at more than 40 events across North America and Europe, including dozens of DrupalCamps, most DrupalCons, and SXSW Interactive two years in a row.

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