Rally is working to identify and document a company culture to help solidify the foundations upon which to grow. We are trying to create something that is applicable and memorable so we can make decisions based on values we all agree are important.
In discussions about company culture, the thing that came up again and again is trust. At first, this seemed a little too broad and difficult to apply to behavior in the workplace, but thinking about trust in the context of work for a few days really made us realize how important it is. Trusting our co-workers is essential to a productive and enjoyable work environment. If we are going to let our co-workers go to meetings and represent our best interest, we have to have believe in their motives and ability to do this well. And if trust is too much to ask, at the very least we need to be wary of mistrust and keep an open mind.
The hardest part of it is actually being open minded. I don’t think I’m alone in my own fixation on how smart I am and how foolish and wrong everyone else is. So we should all take advantage of our ability to control how we think about other people.
We should strongly consider the possibility that all the people we work with are trustworthy and have our best interest in mind. And the idea is more than just probable, it’s actually believable, since we spend all day with each other, lobbying for our own desired outcomes.
It seems fitting that we should all have an open mind, since we ask people everyday to consider a new way of giving and the act of charitable giving itself shows an amazing amount of trust. When we give, we are saying that we trust another party to change things for the better. We are trusting them to do more with the money than we expect we can do with it.
As our users display their open minds, trust, and a belief that others can tackle problem better than they can, we will make this an essential part of how we conduct ourselves at work. We will trust each other to do their jobs well, and when in doubt, we will have an open mind. While we spend time arguing about free will, fate, and the merits of our political leaders, we all agree in one essential truth: we don’t really know anything.