Last week we launched our first ever round of quarterly Cape Awards! These awards are designed to bring our values to life and recognise those living and working in alignment with our Cape Values.
To determine the winners of this quarter's awards, we ran a company-wide survey to canvas nominations and collect examples of how people live out our values every day. We then revealed the winners at our first ever Cape Day - with people joining the live stream from our HQ in Manly from all around Australia, the UK, and India.
Cape Day was all about reviewing the previous quarter’s highlights, reiterating our OKRs for this quarter, and celebrating individual recognition for living the values. (Check out a snap from our Manly HQ on Cape Day below!)
Want to know more about the winners? Let's take a closer look at each Cape value, what it means to bring them to life, and which one of our team members stole the show this quarter. (We also had an MVP award… scroll down to see who took it out!)
Business is hard. Paying for it shouldn’t be. We find ways to simplify everything we do, so we can get more done and do it more efficiently.
Less is more
Think about the audience
Sohan Dahya! Soh is our VP of Finance and here’s what one of our team had to say about how he lives the Simpler is smarter value:
I have nominated Soh for the Simpler is Smarter award because everything that he has been tasked with, he has accepted with grace & nailed out of the ballpark. Some prime examples would be the launch of our new employment software, learning the payroll system so quickly, calling out and challenging when acronyms are being used and just asking the right questions at the right time. He's a fantastic asset to have at the business.
Well done, Soh!
We own our decisions every day and we aren’t afraid to fail. Failure is how we grow. It moves us forwards and keeps us ahead of the curve.
They don’t leave things up to guesswork
They speak up
Andrew Fanner! Andrew is our CPMO, and here’s what one of our team had to say about how he lives the Actions need ownership value:
Andrew has a long list of competing priorities across Product, Marketing, and company-wide leadership agendas. But he sticks to the agreed channels of communication and follows through on everything he says he will.
We’re open, transparent and inclusive. And we always will be. We’re proud of our innovations and want to share them with the rest of the world.
You didn’t have to be there
They celebrate and shine a light on teachable moments
They keep each other updated
Tanya Ward! Tanya is our CFO & COO, and here’s what one of our team had to say about how she lives the Visible for all value:
Tanya is Cape. She is an incredible asset and person to the business. She shares all her learnings, is a payments card GURU, is not afraid to flex and adapt and just gets it right. She is an inspiration to many in the business and embraces her learnings! Being visible for all, Tanya is always readily available to meet stakeholders, and puts the needs of Cape first. Sometimes a little too much! But it's her dedication that is so inspiring.
It’s not about us, it’s about them. We empower people to go big and go far. And we always see things from their point of view.
They take listening to a new level
Culture add, not fit is the way
They know that we will never have the full story
Velauther Vijayaruban (Vijay)! Vijay is a Lead Engineer at Cape, and here’s what one of our team had to say about how he lives the Empathy over ego value:
He is a great listener whenever you need to clarify anything, constantly communicating with kindness and compassion.
The MVP award is for someone who has lived all the Cape Values - going above and beyond to step up and serve all individuals and teams at Cape!
Drum roll, please…
It’s a TIE!
We couldn't split Sven von Sperl and Alanna Symes, so we awarded a joint MVP this quarter! Sven (Risk) and Alanna (Product) are both critical cogs in how Cape operates and have gone above and beyond to live out the values this quarter. Here's what the team had to say about how they live the values:
Sven is the ONE, like NEO from the MATRIX. They call him SvenBot3000 for a reason. He's the epitome of getting things done and holding all those around him accountable. He is the first to speak in meetings and is not afraid to challenge the status quo. Great Job Sven!
Alanna personifies quality over quantity. In communication, attitude and behaviour she's always looking for the simplest ways to add value to the team.
That’s it for the first instalment of the Cape Value Awards. Congrats to all of this quarter’s winners!