Last time I was in Cape Town for CocreateSA, something happened I did not expect. An experiment which always is — or up until now, was — a short and intense 5 or 10 day period of testing ideas and assumptions, turned into a project in which I will stay involved.
It’s a project about the Future of Work.
I’ve always been fascinated by how people co-operate in different teams, organizations and cultures.
What makes a group of people collaborate successfully?
The Future of Work
We all have a sense that the Future of Work offers a lot of possibilities. Project teams are distributed, people work from home, email is being dumped for Slack or Basecamp. Everything is agile or lean. Or both. Self-managing teams are growing in popularity.
But deadlines are still being missed while everyone talks about new cloud productivity apps, nothing has really changed. There’s more noise than ever before.
Maybe it’s the tons of email you receive. The endless meetings you attend, or the conference calls with multiple countries that never start or end on time.
Maybe you see the possibilities for working remotely, running projects in a more effective way, or you crave a better work-life balance.
With every complex subject you are enthusiastic about, a question comes up: If I want to do something with this, where do I start?
To answer this question I teamed up with &Innovation. The thing we’ve noticed, is co-operation and collaboration start with one thing, and one thing only. People.
It’s always about people. It just always is.
So if it’s about people, this leads us to another question: How can we hack company culture?
Our assumption was, to hack company culture, we need to make what we do regularly the most important thing.
Get Started in an Hour: The Culture Canvas
We’ve identified the 10 key decisions all teams working on a project make anyway. Sometimes consciously, but most often unconsciously. If we resolve the obvious, but often overlooked, challenges from the start, it saves time, energy and frustration further down the line. Actually, it makes the team function better, allowing to get the job done with better results.
The Culture Canvas is designed as a roadmap you can use within an hour on you very next project, leaving room for your own specific needs. It goes from left to right, and every block builds on the other.
The changes are either small or simple, and often both and are designed to be actionable in your very next project. There is no need to change everything you do, or to learn a new ‘collaboration language’ before getting started.
Do you want to be part of this experiment, and start hacking culture yourself?
You can download the Culture Canvas and the free 30 minute read ebook on www.culturecanvas.biz