Company Culture · Office Space

How Do we Open New Offices in New Places with New Faces and Keep Same Core Values?

Bartlomiej Skorupa Vice President of Leadership Development at Figur8

November 7th, 2016

I'm helping launch our first office outside of our two headquarter locations by end of year. Soon, more offices will be opening.

I am responsible in cultivating the culture Figur8 has established, focusing on our core values (see below). These values were actually defined by the help ofthis community and now I need to instill them in new places with new faces.

I need direction on how to operationalize opening new offices with new faces that retains the spirit of the company that has created this dynamic growth. What specific steps or ideas should I consider to ensure these values are being instilled? What can I do, if any, around business operations that will reflect these values?

Notes

  • This is a consulting company so our product is our people and ensuring the right people are in the right seats.
  • The founders and leadership will not be based inthese new sites permanently.
  • The Core Values (below) are only 5 months old
  • We are growing from 35 people to 70 people in 12 months

Our Core Values.
  • Be Humble
  • Pay It Forward
  • Right The First Time
  • Both Hands on the Wheel
  • Never Stop Learning
  • Dare to be Different

mike precobb sr. sales/mktg ex. accelerated early-stage firms

November 7th, 2016

 I like the core values.  This may sound simple, but it will work.Have the people from the new office come in and work side-by-side with those who best embody your values, for a few weeks.  Then, try to engineer joint projects with outer offices for a while (how long is a while?).  It will be good for everyone. Regards, Mike Precobb cell: 650-804-0632

Rob G

November 7th, 2016

frequent, personal contact with the founders/principals is key.  That doesn't have to be face-to-face, although that is preferred.   What counts is hiring the right people and those people hearing and seeing the founder(s) and the rest of the team live those core values.  The founder of Groove https://www.groovehq.com/ talks frequently on their blog about the fact that they are entirely remote - no offices, and how they deal with that.  i have no affiliation with them. 

Maria Petra HR Specialist – Adoriasoft

November 9th, 2016

To my mind everything starts with the head of any department. He/she brings the idea to the team as well as spirit. So if you start somewhere else your business let an experienced head stay with the new team to teach them and I guess everything will be cool

Lester de Souza Building community for entrepreneurs

November 14th, 2016

Culture can be powerful.  That rate of growth has risks for continuity but can be harnessed for dynamism.  Will require high levels of communications.  Keep channels open.  Finding the right people is significant.  Longer term commitments to each other will be helpful but challenging.

Dr. Kader Projects Director at IIL

November 28th, 2016

I believe the following steps are very important to maintain one culture
1- Select the right people who have the right attitude.
2- orient and train the new faces on practical scenario and expected performance.
3- Have a team leader who is able to inspire and sustain these values among his colleagues.
4- celebrate your success together and update the new faces about the market.