How it all started...
All the highs and lows of outsourcing, offshoring, and working with distributed teams, Australian entrepreneurs Matt Kesby and his sister Fiona Kesby have known first-hand.
They began offshoring tasks via Odesk (now Upwork) for their software development business in 2008. They can help you avoid the frustrations that sometimes come with the territory, whether you’re working with one virtual assistant (VA) or leading a large global team.
In May 2014, Matt started GO-VA after one of those light-bulb moments. As an execution practice leader for FranklinCovey, a global leader in effectiveness training, productivity tools, and strategy and execution consulting, he found that working with a Filipino VA made a real difference. “Everyone in business should be doing this,” he thought.
In 2015, Fiona moved to Cebu in the Philippines to lead GO-VA as it scaled. Both Fiona and Matt want all business owners to have the opportunity to offshore tasks effectively without the high costs of setting up an offshore business or the loss of control that full outsourcing entails.
GO-VA finds the top talent in the field, from among whom their clients choose who they’ll work with. Clients also decide how the work will be performed. In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GO-VA moved more than 70% of teammates from an office-based to a work-from-home arrangement, for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.
How do you sustain and strengthen a kind, caring, and high-performance culture in a distributed team? That’s the challenge GO-VA’s leaders (read: every remarkable individual in the GO-VA tribe) have embraced.
At its core, the philosophy remains the same. Bring together growth-stage businesses in Australia, NZ, UK, US, Singapore, and practically anywhere in the world with remarkable teammates in the Philippines, who possess a broad range of skills. This way, more businesses can execute on their strategy, scale, and find their place in a new world teeming with opportunities.
Find a way
Fiona Kesby, CEO, has over 18 years of experience in the Australian and international recruitment industry. She is passionate about providing team members with an environment that is supportive and caring; that fosters career growth and confidence; and inspires a love of learning.
Fiona and her family relocated to Cebu, Philippines in 2015.
She enjoys public speaking and has addressed events hosted by Asia CEO Forum, Google Business Group-Cebu, Maximum Impact Philippines, and Payoneer on the importance of organisational culture, unleashing human potential, and the game-changing advantages of outsourcing, when both the people and technology pieces are played right.
Matt Kesby, Founder & Head of Execution and Software Product Development, has been outsourcing to the overseas staff since 2008.
As a public speaker and facilitator, Matt enjoys sharing his insights on communication frameworks, leadership, marketing, leveraging technology for productivity, and, of course, how to win in outsourcing. As an execution practice leader for FranklinCovey in Australia and New Zealand, he has trained organizations in strategies that drive significant behavioural change and lead to new and outstanding results.
Matt and his family moved to Cebu in October 2019. He is committed to driving engagement and morale for long-term results and sustainable success.
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