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April 15, 2024 21 mins

“Usually when the business stops growing, it's my fault. And sometimes it's not that comfortable to admit that. But the truth is, if you want to get great talent to follow you, you have to be a great leader.” 


Kody Thompson Top Five Tips For Building Offshore Teams


1. Get your own mindset and leadership skills up to scratch, as the entrepreneur/leader is critical for building a successful team.

2. Hire staff in the same location to improve collaboration, productivity, and staff retention.

3. Have staff work from a serviced office space for better infrastructure, productivity, and culture.

4. Set rhythms for meetings, reviews, and projects to create consistency for the team.

5. Don't wait too long to hire, as it allows you to grow and implement initiatives faster. Start hiring even if systems aren't fully in place yet.



01:20  Importance of leadership mindset and having realistic expectations 

05:21 Benefits of hiring team members in the same location for better collaboration

11:02 Importance of setting clear rhythms through regular meetings and check-ins

16:56: Don't wait too long to hire and get your team growing

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Bio Kody Thompson 

Kody Thompson is a dynamic entrepreneur and visionary leader with a track record of success. He is renowned for his achievements as the founder of Lightning Sites, a web development company that he built from a $250 startup into a multi-million-dollar enterprise generating in excess of $5M profit  across eight years. Over that time Lightning Sites was able to build over 1,500 websites, servicing over 800 clients monthly and generating in excess of 500,000 leads for his clients.

In 2023 Kody was able to transition out of the day-to-day operations of Lightning Sites, when it was acquired by US technology company Sites At Scale. After successfully building his own remote teams to grow and exit Lightning Sites, Kody developed a reputation as an expert in building international teams and scaling businesses and launched the Business WrkPod in 2021, with Co-Founder Dale Beaumont. WrkPod specialises in helping companies build teams in  the  Philippines,  offering  comprehensive services that include talent recruitment, state-of-the-art co-working spaces, and extensive training and support for both clients and Filipino talent.

In 2 short years, Kody has facilitated the placement of over  650 remote staff for WrkPod  clients and grown enabling them to achieve greater efficiency, reduce operational costs, and strengthen their enterprises. Beyond his business endeavours, Kody is a devoted husband and father of two daughters. He is also deeply committed to philanthropy and has initiated the Love @ Scale project in the Philippines (see video), which supports 250 students. Kody's journey is a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to making a positive impact in both the business world and the community.

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