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morocco How does a dynamic software company foster shared adventure and real-time collaboration between it’s global workforce? By trekking up the highest mountain in North Africa!

As you may have read in Alex Strachan’s post last week, in early September, twenty Alfresco employees volunteered to make the hike up the 4167m summit of Mount Toubkal in central Morocco. This journey challenged both wits and body, championed culture, and exceeded expectations.

The night before we began our trek, our CEO, John Powell, challenged us to view life through a lens bigger than our quotas, presentations, and new product releases–bigger than ourselves. Those sentiments call us to examine our work and practice, in light of the question: Are we here to make an impact?

Perhaps, the biggest challenge for the Alfresco Adventures Team, is one that we have yet to endure. It lies with taking this challenge of making an impact and realizing it in our everyday lives. It requires taking risks. If you risk nothing, you gain nothing. Each individual learned on this trip that personal and team growth is often kindled through ‘out of the box’ circumstances. It fosters real-time community. Teamwork requires an unquestioned devotion to one an another, and the vision to help each other along in the journey. It promotes endurance. “One foot in front of the other” was our mantra going up and down the mountain. While there are long-term goals to achieve, we must not forget the daily steps we need to take to get us there.

On behalf of the entire team, we want to say thanks to John Powell (CEO), Barry Duplantis (VP, Customer Services) and the entire Alfresco family for making this incredible opportunity happen. We are grateful for a company that models values like investing in its employees, cultivating cultural experiences, and championing global teamwork.

Lastly, we invite you to check out the following video created by Tim Kiernan:

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Dustin Valencia

Dustin is an Account Manager for Alfresco where he is responsible for managing the relationship of clients in the Eastern US and Federal government.

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