Praxis team retreat in Charleston (2018)

I’m in Charleston for the next few days with the Praxis team.

We rarely get together as an entire team because we’re distributed across three timezones, but every year we do a retreat to work together in-person, mess around, trade ideas, plan growth, and generally have a good time.

The longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized just how important this in-person time is and how much we miss out on being a remote team. In Zero to One, Peter Thiel argues that working remotely should be avoided because misalignment can creep in whenever colleagues aren’t together full-time and experience tells me he’s right. Remote work is overrated.

In the past, we stayed at Cameron’s parents incredible beach house in Wilmington, NC but our team has outgrown it. This year we rented a house on Isle of Palms, which, although Isaac’s room smells like dead mouse and four of us are sharing hard bunk beds, is nice. I can survive hold out summon the will to be here a few days…

I’ve had it with this dump! We’ve got no food, we got no jobs,… our pets’ HEADS ARE FALLIN’ OFF!!!
– Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and Dumber

Before the retreat, we all read Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Will Listen by Donald Miller. It’s a decent book that has a few good insights that will be informing a lot of the discussions we’ll be have having as a team about about how we describe the program and our customers.

On Saturday, I’ll be back in San Diego for a few days before heading to Austin for a talk I’m giving.