While seeking for possibilities to co-create and co-learn as well as have significant impact as a community, the method of Working Out Loud crossed our way. The mission is simple: Define your personal goal, build relationships that matter and therewith increase the quality of your work and life together with the feeling of belonging somewhere. And we jumped right into it.

First contact

The term “Working out loud” entered our company via our CEO Gunther Fürstberger who began to drop it here and then and also shared this video from John Stepper with us. It’s 57 minutes long – if you have less time, watch the 10-minute Ted Talk.

Gunther’s fascination and interest gained our attention in the team. That’s why we started to talk more about it, exchanged thoughts and soon we agreed: Let’s try this!

Working out loud itself has two dimensions. On the one hand the big picture: Working out loud as a general mindset within organizations and communities. A mindset building on relationships, generosity, visible work, purposeful discovery and a growth mindset.

The second dimension is the one of a hands-on mastery program, consisting of a twelve-week Working Out Loud Process done by a circle of people who want to grow and learn together. And this is what we are up to.

Getting started & meeting #1

All you need for the process are 4-5 people keen to grow, a personal and emotionally resonating goal per person and the commitment of these people to spend one hour per week in a series of twelve consecutive weeks. It’s really that simple. And at the same time it promises big impact and big improvement. By the way: our first circle consists of our CEO Gunther, our head of Solution Development Dominik, our head of Trainer Management Helena and me as a Marketing Manager.

First MDI WOL circle.

The first meeting – and also all following ones – are defined by a very precise guideline, giving not only concrete exercises but also a detailed time frame. Main parts of the first meeting are the following: Share the reason(s) you are in the circle, decide on your goal and share it together with your motivation beyond and make a first draft of your relationship list which will accompany you during the following twelve weeks.

 

Detailed circle guides tell you exactly what to do in what week.

Conclusion so far & outlook

Like with everything new, there is this huge motivation and anticipation when you leave the first meeting. At least it felt like that for me and I guess it’s on purpose because the method explicitly wants you to connect with your intrinsic motivation and inner drive. I’m also really curious on the results and on how something will be changed because the method does not give you tasks in between the weekly meetings – at least not after week one. The motto of the next meeting will be “Offer your first contributions” and I’m excited of what to expect.

“I was really excited to go into the first meeting and was not disappointed: I really like the very practical “hands-on” approach, which gives you a structured and clear frame on how to take the next step in getting better at your goal and increasing your reach. After only one meeting we already have a “relationship list”, identifying some of our key stakeholders for this project.. – This is really helpful!”
Dominik

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