Working Out Loud: the movement that brings the digital transformation into companies (part I)
Working Out Loud: a school for the future
The Working Out Loud recipe for success comprises a fixed structure, 12 work steps and five components. The structure works like this: a work group of four or five people meets once a week for an hour over a three-month period. The meetings can take place virtually or in a nearby cafe. This is the WOL Circle. On workingoutloud.com there is a detailed Circle Guide – worksheets that describe and explain the tasks and suggest a time period – for each of the 12 meetings. Each meeting is dedicated to a guiding idea: ‘Sharpen your attention’, ‘Offer your first contributions’, ‘Make it personal’, ‘Become visible’, ‘Make a habit of it’ … These worksheets are made to be very practical, human and motivating. They are available in English, German and Portuguese. According to John Stepper, French, Dutch, Mandarin and Spanish are currently in development.
The five components of Working Out Loud are:
- Visible Work
- Purposeful Discovery
- Growth Mindset
These components make the paradigm shift in cooperation clear: there is no winner, there is no comparison, there is no knowledge for the sake of power, there is no right or wrong. It is about everyone having a goal, everyone wanting to learn, everyone being able to contribute something, learning from each other, coming up with ideas together and being able to develop ourselves mutually. The small circle supports individuals in reaching their goal, encourages, provides tips, inspires and gives further assistance. In our unclear present with its fast changes, those are workplace abilities that are needed to find solutions for the future.