For many, many years people have had the tendency of working together on almost everything. We went —and still go— hunting together. We also play soccer, tennis and rugby together. And we solve the world’s most complex problems. Or at least we try.
Why? It’s in our nature. We know we can get more done together. And it’s often more fun to accomplish things together.
A wild guess? This will not change for a another period of many, many years to come.
Times did change, though. Over the last fifteen to twenty years, technology snuck up on us. In particular, the internet happened. This, to overstate the obvious, has greatly changed the way we work together. Something often referred to as The Future of Work.
Last year August, when I stopped in Cape Town for #cocreateSA, something happened that I did not expect, one of my experiments turned into a business in which I will stay involved.
Through #cocreate2ACCELERATE, the Netherlands Consulate General gave me the chance to collaborate with &Innovation, a South African innovation firm on a project about The Future of Work and how people work together.
I’ve always been fascinated by how people co-operate in different teams, organisations and cultures. It’s the main reason I started traveling to begin with.
The Future of Work
We all have a sense that this Future of Work offers a lot of possibilities: project teams are distributed, people work from home and 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. We still send tons of email, we attend endless meetings and the conference calls with multiple countries never start or end on time. Maybe you as well see the possibilities for working remotely or running projects in a more effective way, maybe you too 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?
The Culture Canvas: Can We Hack Team Culture?
The thing we noticed instantly, is that 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 team culture?
Our assumption was to hack team culture and make what we do regularly, the most important thing. That’s how we came up with The Culture Canvas.
We’ve identified the 10 key decisions all teams working in a team 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 your very next project, leaving room for your own specific needs.
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 team culture yourself?
You can download the Culture Canvas along with the free ebook here.
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