49 – Darren Murph on culture being built outside of company walls

Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, joined us on The Modern People Leader.

We talked about what a Head of Remote does, investing in document infrastructure, building culture outside of company walls, and how to shift from a fear and scarcity mindset to a mindset of opportunity.


  • What a Head of Remote does on a daily basis (6:20),
  • change without story feels like a mandate, change with a purpose feels like vision (9:44),
  • shifting from a fear and scarcity mindset to a mindset of opportunity (12:00),
  • you can learn something from everyone (13:07),
  • the two biggest challenges scaling culture fully remote (16:55), investing in document infrastructure (20:46),
  • COVID has given every leader a permission slip to try new things (30:54),
  • hybrid or shybrid? (32:59),
  • providing examples for building new lifestyles around work (35:26),
  • community impact outings are good alternatives to zoom happy hours (38:37),
  • culture is the barometer for how well values are adhered to and reinforced (42:20),
  • the future of work is going to be asynchronous (45:10),
  • and have you looked at your purpose portfolio lately (51:50).

Here’s a link to GitLab’s handbook:

Informal Communication in an all-remote environment