There are 23 days left before the Daley’s will be packed and on the road in a 36-foot travel trailer with our 4 kids and hit the road on an epic business and personal adventure around the outer edge of the US.
We are a completely virtual company. This means that even though some of our team members at Xcelerate actually live in our neighborhood, we still meet using our computers and video conferencing software. We do this because most of our team is scattered across the different time-zones of the US. In fact, we have stakeholders (employees) in 8 different states as far away as New York and North Carolina. We love it this way and our ability to work remotely is allowing us (Daley’s) to travel around the country and meet with each of our clients. This was not always the case.
When the company first began in 2011, all of our stakeholders lived within 10 minutes of each other in Fort Collins, CO. This made meeting up pretty easy. In fact, even just 3 years ago we were still meeting in our living room for staff meetings. This began to shift as one of our stakeholders moved to North Carolina, and we talked about going completely virtual. I remember our first Zoom calls where everyone was just a little square on my monitor instead of a person in my living room. I am a very relational person (Greg), and I will say this transition was not easy at first. I would tell a joke and because most were either on mute or because of a slight delay, I didn’t get immediate feedback. We pressed on with Zoom because being “Virtual, but Together” was really important to us. We did not want to lose the fact that we were a team of real people. We wanted collaboration and buy-in from our team.
The turning point was last September when we brought our whole team to Colorado to do our first annual XcelXcape weekend. We decided it was worth the money to be able to have a face- to-face weekend each year because we valued that togetherness. As a team we ate wonderful food, had great conversations and even crushed an escape room (see picture above). We had a great time and really built a lot of trust. I still remember our first team Zoom after the XcelXcape. Everyone was more at ease. Questions were easier to engage and people were joking around with each other. Face-to-face meetings really set the stage for relationship building. We learned that Zoom can continue something that is already there, but it really can’t develop deep connections.
One of the things we are most excited for is the face-to-face connections that we will be able to have with both our team and the churches we work with.
Please pray with us that these connections can happen as we travel.
Team Daley Values
Make It Better
Work Hard, Play Hard
Team Xcelerate Values
Virtual, but together
Trustified (Yes, we made this one up)
Thrive, not Survive
Healthy Life Rhythms
Share the Wealth
Grow, Replicate, Empower, Repeat