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108 Celebrate Failure & Other Great Ways to Build Culture on a Remote Team

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM ET
Tuesday, December 5

In today’s remote work environment, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected. When that happens you get a workforce that is disengaged and products that are bland.

When our organization went remote we were faced with a big question: How do we create a strong culture of proactive individuals? In our experimentation, research, and yes, failure, we found that the solution was a mixture of simple principles of consistency, accountability, vulnerability, safety, and purpose applied in a deliberate way.

In this session, you will learn how to implement a simple system to build a strong remote work culture. You’ll learn a strategy for running meetings that actually builds engagement and accountability—and removes defensiveness and disengagement. You will learn how to create natural virtual activities that will build the rapport you need to maintain trust. Finally, you will learn the process of 360 team evaluations that will take your group from just co-workers to being a cohesive team of like-minded, trusting members. We will show you how to execute these processes on a daily, monthly, and annual basis so that you can build a positive culture to develop your remote team into an effective workforce and a strong community.

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Use check-in meetings to build a safe culture of accountability
  • Build a culture of transparency and shared purpose
  • Build a culture of vulnerability and improvement to develop your team
  • Build a culture of fun and enjoyment while sitting at a computer

Michael Farnsworth

Senior Instructional Designer


Michael Farnsworth has been part of the training and instructional design team at Verisk, Property Estimating Solutions, for over five years and is currently a senior instructional designer. Before joining Verisk, Michael received a digital media degree from Utah Valley University, with an emphasis in graphic design, game development, and animation. While there, he was introduced to Scrum. He has been using that knowledge to implement and modify Scrum for the instructional design team at Verisk.

Seth Warburton

Senior Instructional Designer


Seth Warburton is a passionate learning designer and project leader with a great love for learning science, teaching, storytelling, presenting, and multimedia technology. He started his career as a TV producer and junior high school teacher, but he quickly fell in love with the combination of those two professions in the form of instructional design. He has had the opportunity to expand the impact and quality of instructional video on multiple L&D teams and has mentored instructional designers in the application of effective adult learning principles. He is currently a senior instructional designer and a SCRUM master.