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Darren Murph's README

Darren's README

Hi, I’m Darren, and you're awesome! I’m currently GitLab's Head of Remote 🌎. This page is intended to help others understand what it might be like to work with me, especially people who haven’t worked with me before.

It’s also a well-intentioned effort at building some trust by being intentionally vulnerable, and to share my ideas of a good working relationship to reduce the anxiety of people who might be on my team.

Please feel free to contribute to this page by opening a merge request. (Also, a hearty thank you to Jeremy for building an excellent README framework for others to use.)

What is a Head of Remote?

I work at the intersection of culture, process, hiring, employer branding, marketing, and communication. I collaborate with our Learning & Development team to ensure that GitLab team members acclimate well to remote, give themselves permission to embrace our values and operate with remote-first workflows, and share our learnings with those outside of the GitLab organization.

Deeper conversations on this topic can be found in the below podcasts and video interviews.

About me

I've found that watching a video of someone can be helpful in establishing a relationship. The above shows me in an interview on remote work at GitLab Commit SF 2020.

Remote work is deeply personal to me. I value geographic flexibility and workplace autonomy over the usual suspects of salary, title, and fame. Working remotely has fundamentally shaped the fabric of my family. Our adoption would not have happened without the flexibility that remote work affords.

It is my goal to enable ever more people to free themselves from a daily commute and work where their soul is most fulfilled. I believe remote work can reverse rural depopulation, make communities less transitory, and spread opportunity to underserved areas. I believe all-remote is the purest form of remote work, where every individual is treated as a first-class citizen.

While each of GitLab's values are extremely important to me, I have a particular appreciation for the nuance and actionability of several sub-values. Kindness, assume positive intent, no ego, don't let each other fail, blameless problem solving, short toes, and it's impossible to know everything resonate strongly with me.

How you can help me

My working style

What I assume about others

What I want to earn

Communicating with me

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