Tesla’s Rapid Prototyping
Tesla’s innovative culture thrives on rapid prototyping, a process of quickly creating, testing, and iterating on new ideas. This approach allows them to quickly identify and address flaws, accelerating the development of cutting-edge products like the Model S and Powerwall. Companies can adopt rapid prototyping by implementing shorter development cycles and encouraging fast-paced experimentation.
Apple’s Culture of Secrecy and Cross-Functional Teams
Apple fosters innovation by maintaining a secretive culture and assembling cross-functional teams for its projects. This approach ensures that ideas are protected and encourages collaboration among employees with diverse skill sets. By forming multi-disciplinary teams and promoting internal confidentiality, companies can foster a similar environment that stimulates creativity and innovation.
Google’s 20% Rule
Google’s “20% Rule” allows employees to dedicate 20% of their work time to passion projects. This policy has led to the creation of products like Gmail, Google News, and AdSense. By encouraging autonomy and experimentation, Google fosters a culture of innovation and motivates employees to think creatively.
Culture is a work in progress.
It is never done, treat it as a building site: keep working on.
Quote of the day – Edgar Schein
If you dont manage culture, it manages you.
The school yearbook
It records all the great activities that have gone on that year. And, the people who contributed to those activities i.e. the students. Do you make an annual report about your companies performance, progress, and cultural achievements? It is probably a worthwhile idea…
What artefacts do you have about your culture?
How does your office look? Whats important? Whats on display? It is vital to send signals visibly about your culture – try to create a mini museum with artefacts that tell your culture story and indicate what is important to you.
You can remember stories
Everyone remembers stories well, but far fewer people remembers numbers and data points. So, when you build your culture, or share your culture – try to do it through storytelling. It can spread fast, and stick with people.
When your talent leaves
You should, always, make the time to ensure they leave well. That they leave with a good taste in their mouth, so that they can go to their next job and will consider returning to your company in the future with the new skills they have learnt in their following career stage. It always surprises…
Dont share bad news via email
I see many managers delivering bad news via email, because it is more comfortable for them. Twitter making mass redundancies via email is one such example. The trouble is, it may be easier for you as a leader – but its far worse for the individual and the company culture. When there is bad news,…