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Tags: Innovation, Teamwork, Design Thinking, The Economist
Inside Project Red Stripe:
Incubating Innovation and Teamwork at The Economist
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Rules and Values
At the outset, the team agreed three rules:
1) don’t use the toilet (the one in the office).
2) don’t always sit in the same seat
3) don’t send e-mails across the table
Asked to share something positive about the previous week, all the team members but one talked about personal/family experiences, rather than work:
Asked to come up with a list of things that they would all commit to, the team formed into two groups.
The first came up with a long list including: honesty, no booze at lunch, being open with each other, being bold, being ready for criticism, expecting to upset the GMC, supporting each other, being unafraid, remembering that they were lucky to be doing this job, not compromising.
The second team suggested: being reflective, focusing on the positive, developing a meritocracy, transparency, trial and error, taking ownership of the project, putting family first.
The lists were summarised as follows:
Finally they were narrowed down like this:
For this particular team, I’m still struck by the ‘touchy-feely’ quality of this list of things they wanted to commit to. In many ways it seemed untypical of the team and noticeably ignored issues like when and how hard they should work and how much time they should take off. Perhaps it would have been useful to bring the list up to date from time to time to reflect the issues that later emerged in the group. Perhaps drinking at lunchtime sometimes would have promoted fructifying stuff. And in any innovation team, perhaps some of the following oblique strategies (discussed, naturally enough, in Oblique Strategies) would be interesting: