Core Values stories, The future of the internet, Atlassian global & How to retain your top talent
24th October 2021 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” Seth Godin
Hope you’re Thriving!
I’ve had a good week with some good meetings, and at one of those meetings, we discussed leadership.
We talked about the similarity between leadership and an orchestra.
The conductor of an orchestra probably knows how to play many of the instruments that the musicians are playing. But it’s not possible for the conductor to play an instrument while also standing at the front conducting the orchestra.
Yet, that’s what many leaders attempt to do. They are trying to lead the company while also doing other people’s jobs. Instead, they do one thing. They stand at the front, set the tempo and everyone follows their lead.
And that was one of the key concepts in my book Made to Thrive where I explained the five roles of a leader and how leaders need to stop doing other peoples jobs and instead focus on performing these five roles to be as effective as possible.
Core Values stories
Also, this week one of the leadership teams I work with had a great win taking their team’s core values stories to a new level. These stories are where staff nominate something great that someone has recently done, connected to their core values. This leads team members to gain deeper insights and understanding of the firm’s core values.
Last quarter, I introduced this team to the core values stories nomination form from my book Made to Thrive. As a result, this quarter, they went from having one core values stories nomination per week to an average of 10 core values stories nominations per week.
You can find the tool I used with them here from chapter 2.3 of my book, along with an example, or you can watch a video of me explaining the tool here – 2.3 Core Values and Core Purpose nomination tool.
An agenda for the future of the internet
In 1993, the world wide web exploded, partly due to the web browser Netscape Navigator, which Marc Andreessen developed. Now, almost 30 years later, Andreessen’s venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, last week released a fantastic policy document, effectively laying the groundwork for the next version of the internet, known as web3. Web3 — a group of technologies that encompasses blockchain, cryptographic protocols, digital assets, decentralized finance and social platforms, NFTs, and DAOs—is the third generation of the internet.
They make the case that web 2.0, while positively transforming society, has also come with many challenges. For example, neither the public nor the private sector has figured out how to grapple with the Pandora’s Box of privacy breaches, disinformation, monopolistic practices, and algorithmic biases that have come to define much of the internet. Meanwhile, authoritarian governments have never had more data to surveil, censor, and manipulate their citizens and those of other nations.
The authors then explain how and why web3 will emerge to transform the challenges that come from Web 2.0 and how best governments can set policy, along with the economic opportunities that are arising.
View the slide deck here How to Win the Future.
Read the full paper here How to Win the Future: An Agenda for the Third Generation of the Internet
Atlassian global best place to work
Fantastic to see Australian company Atlassian come in at number 23 on the global best place to work survey.
And what interested me was the thing that set apart Atlassian was their onboarding process, as I’ve spent so much time lately researching the effect that onboarding has on culture.
From the survey;
“Software developer Atlassian wants to make sure everyone has the best chance at joining the team — which is why they’ve put together a Candidate Resource Hub to support candidates as they advance through the interview process. The hub houses resources for prospective candidates, as well as those who are actively interviewing.
Once candidates are hired on, they’re brought through a robust onboarding experience that includes product crash courses and individualized 90-day action plans.”
Here’s an interesting article about this year’s global best places to work that you might be interested in 3 Employee Experiences That Set the Worlds Best Workplaces Apart.
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
With a war for talent being experienced worldwide at the moment, employers are not only finding it hard to find new people, but it can be difficult to retain existing people.
This week Kevin and Brad discuss the 7 key things you can do to give you the best chance of retaining your A players.
How to retain your top talent
Listen to The Growth Whisperers
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