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I am excited to announce major updates to staff including thoughts on its core purpose, the roles and who have been assigned into them, tools to help, and a mindset I will be expecting moving forward of all staff, leaders… and the rest of us (you!).
Mindset for Growth
I want to begin here – an important ask I have of you all as you go about your day-to-day decisions while collaborating within the community. When you are presented with an unusual idea, what is your initial reaction? Does your mind quickly fall into a “No, because” trap or are you open to opportunities with a “Yes, if”?!
As our community grows, it is essential to embrace the "Yes, if" mindset, especially given our rich legacy and canon spanning almost two decades. Even when faced with ideas that seem unconventional, tried before, or outside the box, beginning with a positive attitude of "Yes" followed by a collaborative "if" can foster creativity. Of course, there will be times when we must say "no," but arriving at that decision requires careful thought and discussion.
First impressions are also important as we gain new visitors and players daily – we must do our part to open doors (“Yes, if”) to ideas rather than shutting it quick (“No, because”).
This is the mindset that all our staff and leaders will adopt – it’s one that we should always strive for, both on and off the sim!
It’s simple – as staff and leaders, we are responsible for fostering a safe, inclusive, and collaborative space to share stories and ideas. Mentoring new players is also paramount to the future of our community – with many visitors and new applicants daily, we must all do our part to integrate these folks into our storylines.
Tools for Scaling
Our community continues to grow in complexity, and so does managing it all. We cannot continue our trajectory of growth without the help of tools to bring us all together. Here is what you can expect to see:
Senior Leadership Roster
My approach to designing the new team started with the actual roles we need to support our growing community, followed by assigning members of our community to them. We will also double down on in-world presence and active discourse via Discord to make sure we have accessible leadership across time zones as best as possible.
Admins – Bluebell Noel & Audrina Tolsen
As my proxy, both Blue and Audrina will be point for all staff and leaders on sim. As close partners, they will co-manage all aspects of the community and leverage me as needed. Moderating OOC-related issues also happens at this level. Blue will continue her role as admin and I’m excited to announce that Audrina will return into the role after a decade-long hiatus.
Community Managers (no particular order)
In Summary …
I’m grateful for the help and leadership of our volunteer staff. Without these folks, and all of you, there wouldn't be a Crack Den.
While I’ve got my team assembled now, I’ll be working in the coming weeks to staff up in certain functions. There will be even more leadership opportunities as we ramp up Columtreal, new business in Hathian, and the imminent opening of an all-new expansion community, the Backwaters.
We have an exciting year ahead of us and can’t wait to unveil even more.
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