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Creating a Culture of Empowerment (Twin Cities DrupalCamp 2015)

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Creating a Culture of Empowerment: How the open-source philosophy can be applied to management and organizational culture.

Drawing on more than 15 years of leadership at Four Kitchens and other creative organizations, Todd Nienkerk will explain why empowerment is the foundation of all successful teams and demonstrate how the open-source philosophy as modeled by the Drupal community can be applied to organizational culture.

What is empowerment? Why does it matter? How can an organization create a culture of empowerment?

The guiding principles of empowerment:
* Build a company you would want to work for.
* Give people control over their destiny.
* Make trust the center of your culture.

How to cultivate empowerment:
* Personal brands. You shouldn't be afraid that people will leave. If you’re afraid people will become "too good," then you’re not offering something they want — and you know it.
* Go virtual. Allow your team the flexibility to work from home — or anywhere in the world.
* Adopt agile methodologies. Allow teams to self-organize around projects and problems.
* And much, much more...

(This session was delivered at Twin Cities DrupalCamp on June 26, 2015.)

Creating a Culture of Empowerment: How the open-source philosophy can be applied to management and organizational culture.

Drawing on more than 15 years of leadership at Four Kitchens and other creative organizations, Todd Nienkerk will explain why empowerment is the foundation of all successful teams and demonstrate how the open-source philosophy as modeled by the Drupal community can be applied to organizational culture.

What is empowerment? Why does it matter? How can an organization create a culture of empowerment?

The guiding principles of empowerment:
* Build a company you would want to work for.
* Give people control over their destiny.
* Make trust the center of your culture.

How to cultivate empowerment:
* Personal brands. You shouldn't be afraid that people will leave. If you’re afraid people will become "too good," then you’re not offering something they want — and you know it.
* Go virtual. Allow your team the flexibility to work from home — or anywhere in the world.
* Adopt agile methodologies. Allow teams to self-organize around projects and problems.
* And much, much more...

(This session was delivered at Twin Cities DrupalCamp on June 26, 2015.)

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  1. 1. Twin Cities DrupalCamp | June 26, 2015 Creating a Culture of Empowerment How the open-source philosophy can be applied to management and organizational culture
  2. 2. Todd Ross Nienkerk Digital Strategist and Partner
 Four Kitchens @toddross todd@fourkitchens.com
  3. 3. Before we get started
  4. 4. I want to help people run better companies by making teams and leaders happier.
  5. 5. Two snacks per day
  6. 6. What is culture? 1 32 4 5
  7. 7. Source: Dictionary.com Culture is “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic
 of a social, ethnic, or age group”
  8. 8. Culture affects how you think and feel about a group
  9. 9. What is the culture of the United States? EXPERIMENT
  10. 10. How did those images make you feel? EXPERIMENT
  11. 11. Culture has many layers
  12. 12. Human Language National Local Self Culture
  13. 13. What is empowerment? 3 4 51 2
  14. 14. Source: Dictionary.com Empowerment is “the giving or delegation of power or authority”
  15. 15. Autonomy to decide what you will do and how you will do it
  16. 16. Freedom to challenge without fear of reprisal
  17. 17. Power to affect change
  18. 18. Ownership of outcomes
  19. 19. Autonomy Freedom Power Ownership
  20. 20. Empowerment means controlling your destiny.
  21. 21. Why empowerment matters 41 532
  22. 22. Empowerment makes teams happy
  23. 23. Empowerment makes clients happy
  24. 24. Empowerment enables leadership
  25. 25. The guiding principles of empowerment 1 2 53 4
  26. 26. Build a company you would want to work for
  27. 27. Give people control over their destiny
  28. 28. Make trust the center of your culture
  29. 29. How to cultivate empowerment 1 2 3 54
  30. 30. Language is everything
  31. 31. Ask for input every day
  32. 32. Provide feedback channels that are accessible, non- argumentative, and genuine
  33. 33. Hire the right people
  34. 34. Go virtual
  35. 35. Let your team set their own schedules
  36. 36. Invest time and money in your team’s success
  37. 37. Encourage personal brands
  38. 38. Adopt agile methodologies
  39. 39. Don't tell people how to do things
  40. 40. Set boundaries beyond what the person currently feels
  41. 41. Accept that your team knows more about your work than you do
  42. 42. Constantly exemplify, pursue, and praise empowerment
  43. 43. Empowerment changes everything
  44. 44. When empowered, a person benefits the company, not the other way around.
  45. 45. Building icon by Albert Rojo
  46. 46. Building icon by Albert Rojo
  47. 47. Empowerment makes everyone happier and better at their jobs.
  48. 48. Questions?
  49. 49. Thank you! All content in this presentation, except where noted otherwise, is Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 licensed and copyright Four Kitchens, LLC.

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