Venture labs ideate week 3 12 aug 2013
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  • 1. Problem Statement: How might we create opportunities for recent grads (and new hires) to connect with more experienced colleagues? Elaine Matthias 12 Aug 2013
  • 2. Problem Statement: How might we create opportunities for recent grads (and new hires) to connect with more experienced colleagues? Elaine Matthias 12 Aug 2013
  • 3. Problem Statement: How might we create opportunities for recent grads (and new hires) to connect with more experienced colleagues? Volunteer opportunities Onboarding Indoor Playground Promotions Scanvanger Hunt Games & Gaming Structured office events -> inter-dept. lunches Task Forces- solve office problems with groups of people you do not normally work with Embrace "newbies" - use younger generations to teach older bosses tech tricks and shortcuts Twitter Conversations - Tweet your boss Travel to conferences White Boards & Stickies everywhere Moveable workspace - breaks down - habit/habitat Group planning/group meeting Alcohol Meeups Mentor led growth Culture of sharing - group meetings Anyone can present on anything whenever they want Informal lunch meetings Senior says stand in for me for a day Team goals, not individual goals - not role related, but task relates Embrace Zen mind - benefits of a beginner's mindset Share office clean up responsibilities lots of communal space Architecturally oriented "bullpen mindset" - no one is special, no silos late mornings, late nights Book group Reverse Roles Work outside of the office Allow recent grads access to financials, contracts and decision making resources Keep office small, everyone is responsible for business success User centered, not boss centered Completely new structure of responsibilities Lean is everything - > Speed over bureaucracy Renaissance, not specialists T-shaped smarts Cross-disciplinary roles - problems have shifted new problems require new types of problem solvers Problem solving is not about who is solving the problem New rules Timeless wisdom Embrace wisdom Elaine Matthias 12 Aug 2013
  • 4. Problem Statement: How might we create opportunities for recent grads (and new hires) to connect with more experienced colleagues? Idea #2: Allow recent grads access to financials, contracts and decision making resources Giving new hires access to important business information is critical to convincing them to invest their energy in the company - it provides a sense of accountability and ownership, while also educating him/her about the give and take of limited resources. There is no Oz behind the current pulling levers that make the money pour in. The message is “Your actions, every day, influence this company’s ability to do business” However, it also requires a level of trust in less experienced associates - that he/she can contextualize the information and use their access to these resources without compromising the company’s positioning. It’s also hard to relinquish the power that comes with “being in the know”. Idea #3: late mornings, late nights LOVE. If only I could come in at noon and leave at 9pm. My days would be so much more invigorating and evenings with my colleagues would create a fun, loopy and energized atmosphere just by virtue of being untraditional. Idea #1: Structured office events -> inter-dept. lunches This idea is the most practical of the group for a couple of reasons. First, most everyone eats lunch and, if sponsored by the company, your colleagues are unlikely to turn down a free lunch. Second, It’s time-honored tale: get everyone together at the table, over food, and you will increase the likelihood of conversation. Third, It’s easy to implement, with little time commitment or structural upheaval. Give it a theme, a little structure, and it’s a very cost-effective way to generate conversation. Elaine Matthias 12 Aug 2013