Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What is Working Out Loud?

Working Out Loud is a way to build relationships that can help you in some way, like achieving a goal or exploring a new topic or skill. Instead of networking to get something, you invest in relationships by making contributions over time, including your work and experiences that you make visible. Your contributions over time are what build trust and deepen a sense of relatedness, and that's what increases the chances for cooperation and collaboration. 

The results? When you Work Out Loud, you're more effective because you have access to more people, knowledge, and opportunities that can help you. You feel better, too, because your bigger network of meaningful relationships give you a greater sense of control, competence, and connection. All of that leads to more motivation for individuals, and to more agility, innovation, and collaboration for an organization.

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How might this apply to an organization?

Almost every organization is looking for ways to be more agile or innovative. They also want a more engaged workforce. Yet, the change management programs and digital transformation programs typically miss the most important piece: changing day-to-day behavior.

Working Out Loud Circles help people develop new habits and a new mindset at work. As more people across an organization Work Out Loud, work becomes more effective and fulfilling, and the culture becomes more open and collaborative. 

There's a wide range of support for organizations here. Or send email to john.stepper@www.africanmango-slim.com.

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Who’s doing the most with Working Out Loud?

Circles are in over 25 countries and a wide range of organizations, from corporations and non-profits to universities and government. Bosch, the global engineering firm headquartered in Germany, has done the most to spread Working Out Loud Circles and also to adapt the practice for their organization. Many other organizations are now following their lead.

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Are there any measurable benefits?

The best data currently comes from surveys done at Bosch and Daimler, where people who have experienced a WOL Circle have universally said they would recommend the method to their network. Click on the link below for more details and additional survey results.

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Are they individual goals? What about teams or shared goals?

In the Working Out Loud Circles, you pick an individual goal you care about. That helps you tap into your intrinsic motivation. There is also a set of Circle Guides for Teams that's being piloted now, and experiments are being planned for Communities of Practice and other groups with shared goals. You can read more about the pilot in this blog post, "Co-creation with Bosch and Postshift." Or send me email at john.stepper@www.africanmango-slim.com

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What if I’m not an extrovert or don’t like social media?

What matters most is that you frame your goals in terms of other people and in terms of contributions you might make that could deepen the relationship. That requires empathy, reflection, and mindfulness more than extroversion or facility with tools. The blog posts in the related resources go into much more detail.

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