An open leadership style also means daring to try new things and letting go of what does not work. We try out a lot of new ideas to develop how we collaborate and boost engagement. Some initiatives do not work at all and are discontinued. But many have been successful. One example is Open Space, where the whole department suggests topics related to Aleido. Then we select three of them, and discuss them in different rooms. Another concept that we have created together is PI Foresight, where we cook dinner together and share our thoughts on future trends within technical documentation.
I have always been curious about other perspectives in addition to my own: Although I do not consider myself to be an “exercise and fitness person”, I do spend a lot of time at the gym. There, I have gotten to know people who share my interest in weight training, that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise. Thanks to the gym, I have found a context where we all have different backgrounds and roles.
It is important to create an open climate for real, so that it does not become a cliché – and it takes deliberate work. You should feel safe to own up to your limits, dare to ask about something, or ask for help. I much rather have short check-ins as questions and challenges pop-up than saving everything to meet once a week. Oftentimes, it is me who reaches out to colleagues to learn more about something they are experts in. In essence, it is about helping each other, being available and making your good intentions apparent, within Aleido as well as towards our customers.
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