1 + 1 = 3 and the director’s objective of having every individual reach their full potential. The retreat was not a time for revisiting our drivers and beliefs but an opportunity to help everyone get on board the Vision, Values and Culture express train.
Over the two breakout sessions we used our limited experiences of the merger at that time as a shared experience and point of reflection. Gabe, Renee, Sam and Margie spoke about the Vision, Values and Culture and how they live these precepts in their daily work lives:
Renee explained the process of briefing with Not For Profit organisations. The EJ design methodology was designed to exercise active listening and seek a collaborative outcome. This resulted in a more effective process with a sound brief being the basis of the design.
Gabe spoke of the importance of values in briefing and communication generally. His experience that this leads to refining of the message through using the methodology.
Sam, in his first year of office experience, appreciates the cool culture and finds it reflected in training, leadership and support. The ongoing challenges all leads to inevitable growth.
Margie values the strength of ‘being considered’. With consideration, we are more inclined to be “on message” for all activities as well as streamlined with our designs. The value of considered is for us to be accessible and transparent.
Honesty in our relationships and design is a shared value. This has put us one step ahead with the merge. The two businesses have been aware of each other for many years and it’s no accident that we are working well together already.