Ian Fosbery

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Ian Fosbery, CTO Reaktor

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“Invest in making the group work, not the individuals

At Reaktor, we help our clients craft high-quality software products. Over the years we’ve learned that technology problems are often at their core human problems.

Whatever technical implementations need to be carried out will always get sorted in the end; it’s much more challenging to build a great team. That’s why, at the outset of every project, we make sure we’re working with each other and our client towards a shared goal, vision, and purpose.

Time and again we’ve seen that great individuals working alone will never outperform the people who work together well as a team.

We know that the best leaders foster an environment of trust and psychological safety where that teamwork can happen. Yet mistakes will always be made when people work in teams – especially by leaders.

It’s important to embrace those errors and to show your team it’s OK to mess up as long as you learn from it. Leaders should encourage openness within the team by being vulnerable themselves. Setting that example will help increase trust and support within the team, making you all work better as a unit.

Which is not to say that individuals are not valued. In fact, cultivating a great team environment is essential for all employees’ personal growth. Learning to be a better teammate and work in a group is something I wear as a badge of honor.

Thinking this way has taught me to focus less on my personal output and focus on the value and outcomes my team is delivering. It’s also something that people come to us for at Reaktor—both as employees and as clients. It helps us do our best work.”

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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