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3 Reasons Your Business Should Host a Hackathon

Reasons To Integrate Hackathons Into Your Business

  1. Hackathons bring employees together and increase morale. Exploring a project for hours together further bonds and most employees cooperate in teams instead of competing.
  2. Hackathons reinforce the right values, like teamworking, dedication and efficiency. It's difficult to maintain the "hackathon" pace and drive during most workdays, but occasionally letting people see what uninterrupted work can accomplish is beneficial.
  3. Hackathons leave you with lasting ideas or products. Even for the employees who are not technical, the cross-disciplinary interaction fosters innovation.

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3 Reasons Your Business Should Host a Hackathon

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Reasons To Integrate Hackathons Into Your Business

  1. Hackathons bring employees together and increase morale. Exploring a project for hours together further bonds and most employees cooperate in teams instead of competing.
  2. Hackathons reinforce the right values, like teamworking, dedication and efficiency. It's difficult to maintain the "hackathon" pace and drive during most workdays, but occasionally letting people see what uninterrupted work can accomplish is beneficial.
  3. Hackathons leave you with lasting ideas or products. Even for the employees who are not technical, the cross-disciplinary interaction fosters innovation.

The Hackathon

Is an event where people work tirelessly over a defined period of time to build something. Hackathons are most typically executed by engineers, but some companies have done hackathons with non-technical employees, such as sales. 

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Assembling the Team

... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust....
Software/Tools

In a remote team, you'll need the right tools to make sure everyone stays on the same page and can continue to execute without a physical person standing next to them.

You likely will need a tool in certain categories like group chat and video conferencing to make remote successful.

Processes

Good processes let you get work done in the absence of all else. They provide structure and direction for getting things done.

A few examples from Zapier:

  • Weekly Hangouts;
  • Weekly One-on-Ones;
  • Bring the team together 2 times/year somewhere cool;
  • Automate anything that can be automated.
Effective communication

... is imperative for every successful business. Poor communication inevitably causes misunderstandings, confusion and conflicts that hinder productivity and professi...

Effective Communication is vital in business
  • It helps to create effective brand messaging.  It determines how your brand is perceived and also builds trust with customers.
  • Customer service relies on good communication. "60% of consumers have stopped doing business with a brand due to a poor customer service experience."  Microsoft’s 2016 Global State of Customer Service Report.
  • It enables positive team relationships.  Effective communication helps to unite teams and create a safe environment to express themselves.
  • It helps to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts. It can help to defuse a potentially explosive dispute while bad communication can set it off.

Worst Communication Mistakes
  1. Using a One-Size-Fits-All Communication Approach. Tailor the communication style to the intended audience.
  2. Speaking More and Listening Less. Listen to what is said, how it is said, and to what is not said.
  3. Assuming Instead of Asking More Questions.
  4. Using Negative Tone. Choose words carefully to eliminate negative reactions.
  5. Avoiding Difficult Conversations.

  6. Reacting, Not Responding.

  7. Not Keeping an Open Mind. Accept and respect differences, listen without judgment and consider all sides of an issue.

Emotional intelligence

EQ is the ability to objectively assess one’s own emotional state, avoid becoming emotionally compromised, being attentive to the emotional states of others, and being able to use all of this to...

Emotional intelligence and success

EQ relates to many skills crucial for long-term success:

  • Perseverance: not being brought low by a single setback;
  • Social perception: being able to understand and empathize with others;
  • Communication: the ability to talk with and understand others clearly and concisely;
  • Persuasion: being able to convince others to follow a course of action or cooperate; and
  • Cooperation: the willingness and ability to effectively work with others for the good of the team.
EQ and leadership
To effectively lead others and meet long-term goals (such as improving sustainability), leaders need to be able to influence others and get them to commit to a course of action. 

Without the ability to understand and engage with others on an emotional level, leaders are not as effective at producing results for the organization as a whole.

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