What if office birthday parties were as vital as deadlines?
Knowing your teammates as real people—not skill sets—increases trust and elevates team performance.
of high performing teams enjoy developing personal relationships with their teammates.
tips for understanding one another
Start team meetings with an ice breaker to increase comfort levels and team cohesion.
During team meetings, include personal celebrations in addition to work-related wins.
Encourage personal intro presentations for teams to learn about new team members.
Inspiration from our customers
National Bank of Canada is embarking on a cultural and digital transformation—and putting people first is key.
Strong teams share more than goals.
When entrepreneur Natalie Egan came out as transgender, she faced bias and discrimination. Being open about her struggles with her team brought them closer together, and closer to their mission of spreading empathy.
What if closed door meetings were open to everyone?
Open teams never start from scratch. Experiences and insights from teammates provide a big head start.
of employees say transparent decision-making boosts team achievement.
Tips for making information accessible
Designate an accessible area to document key project details and update it on an ongoing basis.
When creating goals, document how those goals connect to organizational-level goals.
When direction changes, document reasons why they change and share with all team members.
Inspiration from our customers
As HubSpot grows, so do the challenges. But building a culture of transparency doesn't happen overnight.
Carlyn & Jon’s story
Different perspectives are valuable because they’re different.
Caryln Dougherty, a computer science student at Columbia, teamed up with former U.S. Army ranger, Jon Ellsworth, and enlisted the help of 150 military personnel to develop technology that saves lives.
What if it was okay to tell your boss their idea is bad?
A big idea is just a team of smaller ideas working together.
of high achieving teams engage in candid feedback.
Tips for seeking ideas and feedback
Send short surveys after long team working sessions, workshops, etc to gauge what did and didn't work.
Designate time once/week to discuss work-in-progress, challenging teammates, and to evolve work.
Run a process health assessment to gauge how a team feels about a project on a regular cadence.
Inspiration from our customers
When it comes to the teams that work at Pandora, music and human connection are their north star.
Divergent thinking sparks creativity.
It takes a village to raise a child. As Sean Ahlquist learned, it took a team to create a new technology that could potentially change the lives of the 1.5 million children with autism in the United States.
Great teamwork requires more than just great tools. Check out our guides to implement Open team practices, practices that make work better and people happier.
Open for Interpretation
We have a lot of ideas about Open. But we’re, well, Open to more. So we asked a collection of multidisciplinary artists to show us what Open means to them.
Open Hand / Warm Heart
“To me the piece is about being open with yourself and welcoming to others in order to reach one’s full potential. The work features a variety of symbols related to hope, growth, and hard work composed as a still life arrangement that embodies the strength and warmth of the human spirt, and hopefully expresses a sense of inclusivity and optimism.”
Transform 1 of 2
A visual manifesto which speaks to the potential of imagination, creativity and teamwork to transform something from useless to useful. Beyond upcycling, this project is an exploration of how open thinking can build new ideas out of the unexpected, and how the mundane can become extraordinary through unintended applications. Instead of making finished, beautiful objects that hide their junk-ish origins, we sought to make furniture pieces that showcase their scrappy parts — Mad Max Modernism.
We began by collecting discarded items around the studio: old parts from our studio build-out. We staked out the dumpsters in our building, where we found a pile of old Ikea legs and some construction fencing. And luckily, a friend of ours at a nearby woodworking shop was getting rid of a bunch of leftover pieces. Thanks Fernandoz.
In order to get a better sense of what we had to work with, we organized all our findings by type, size and color.
We experimented and played with different forms and structures. We thought about what kind of furniture we wanted to make.
We thought it’d be funny to make our own interpretations of iconic modernist chairs, so we chose two that we love and seemed to work with the materials on hand: the Prouvé Standard chair and the Breuer Cesca chair. The construction mesh stood in well for “caning” on the Breuer chair (and is probably a lot stronger!).
Infinite Part 2 of 2
When we sat down as a team to brainstorm this project, the first thing we did was make a list of about a hundred words that we associate with the word OPEN. We called this our “Glossary of Open”. This got us thinking: the interpretations of this word are almost infinite. Everyone can have their own way of seeing it — and it defies fixed meaning. Like a mobius strip, once you think you’ve defined it, you turn around and have another idea of what it could be. To that end, open can be...
Jamey Williams, youth speaks
“I wanted to explore advice that could remind people to be open. I thought about how when some people get angry they shut down and refuse to talk about what's bothering them. In those spaces, I remember that forcing myself to speak makes it a lot easier to accept the problem.”
D'mani Thomas, youth speaks
“I think of ‘open’ as less of a forced action to create a better environment, and more of a process of learning and doing what you can in the moment. The moment expressed in the piece doesn't go as smoothly as expected, but it is an example of what both parties could try as they grow through it.”
Magic Tricks & Blood Clots
Leila Motley, youth speaks
“The most important thing to remember about being open is to approach others with love, even when you believe there is no reason for connection. It is so much easier to dismiss each other than it is to find a bond or kindness within someone who is hard to understand.”