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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 5: Foster a Positive Environment

This post continues our “How to Be Awesome” series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our “How to Be Awesome” list. Banner

We’ve heard how Sonomans act like pros, deliver quality work, communicate well, and just do it. Next is the fifth item on our “How to Be Awesome” list: foster a positive environment.

We believe fostering a positive environment is about setting positive examples for others to follow. Your complaints include ideas and suggestions on how to fix a problem. You are humble and accept constructive feedback without defensiveness. Staying open to new ideas and suggestions is important along with accepting work assignments with a positive attitude, no matter how small a task it may seem.

Here is how some Sonomans help foster a positive environment:

DibbsWilliam “Dibbs” Dibbern – Principal Developer

“Dibbs is one of the most cheerful and helpful people to find when you have a question and is always willing to discuss and help you find your way.”

What advice do you have for others trying to “foster a positive environment”?

Dibbs: I really enjoy solving problems as I see each one as an opportunity for me to learn something new, as well as a puzzle yet to be solved. Mentally framing a problem in a fun way like that helps to keep you energized and on track. One thing I picked up along the way is to be conscious of when I’m voicing a problem by itself. That poor problem is so lonely. Problems like to be paired with solutions. Offering a solution up with a problem will show that you’ve really thought through the problem at hand and cut back on a lot of the back and forth.

Mike Collins – Senior Consultant Mike-collins

“Mike brings ideas to start a conversation or project, but isn’t set on his way being best. He is open to team suggestions and goes with whatever solution makes the most sense, even if it is not necessarily his.”

Why is “foster a positive environment” an important part of the “How to Be Awesome” list for Sonoma?

Mike: I think that having a company culture at Sonoma that focuses on the positives rather negatives is a huge asset because so much more can be accomplished when everyone stays positive and is focused on the same goal.

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

Topics: Careers at Sonoma