EP. 1 How to Design a Remote Company from the Ground Up, with John Bernatovicz and Bridgette Klein, Willory

Team Anywhere Leadership Podcast

Aug 16 2020 • 44 mins

Design Your Values to Support a Remote Only Company.

To do that requires that you design a company that focuses on Generosity

Design Your Company that measures its success on how people feel every day.

  • How do your managers make each employee feel?
  • How does each colleague make the other colleagues feel?
  • How the purpose of the business makes each employee feel?

Making a Family First Environment:

  • If someone is going through something, ask how can I help you?
  • How can I take something off your plate?
  • Be generous in trying to make everyone successful.


  • Design a system of meetings and check-ins that holds people accountable to their greatness.
  • In order for you to be great at what you do, you need to be personally accountable and manage to that yourself.
  • Be open to collaboration and communication from peers, colleagues, clients, and the founder.
  • Create scheduled, brief meetings that are standard across departments.
  • Have standing weekly calls that are important to the business.
  • Have firm-wide meetings Monday mornings.
  • Have a Staffing call on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Set an agenda and make sure everybody's there.
  • Cross-functional meetings force people to collaborate.
  • Have monthly team training to get people together.
  • Have monthly lunches.
  • Have meetings at the end of the day that brings everyone’s family into the call.


  • Willory was one of the first 10 clients for Microsoft Office 365.
  • They collaborate through SharePoint.
  • They communicate through SKYPE and ZOOM.
  • Bridgette uses a tool called HubSpot for digital marketing.
  • The Company uses Smartsheet to share progress on virtual projects, and exceptional tools.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder philosophy for culture and leadership:

  • Encourage your teammates to get together off-campus!
  • Bring everyone together for a book group, then have a facilitator challenge your employees to develop new skills in their personal and professional life.
  • Follow the data so you can follow up with employees to support them in their work.
  • Raise your empathy and make sure to connect with what everyone on the team is going through…it leads directly to profitability!

Podcast Introduction Audio: Show Me the Way, Vendredi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1swecA5cnnQ