It is no secret that company culture is an important part of what makes a good company great, and what keeps employees happy. For a small boutique agency like KCM Agency, company culture can be very much defined by each individual’s personality. It can be both a boon and bane, depending on how well the personalities agree with each other, or clash completely. Being a smaller company makes it easier to hold company-wide retreats and bonding sessions, things that KCM Agency has always done as a way to foster teamwork and connection. Still, working in a fast-paced environment makes it easy to be too focused on the tasks and projects at hand. It becomes a struggle to foster an environment where each individual personality can shine, which is why KCM Agency implemented Weekly Workshops.
Highlighting individual interests
At the start of the weekly status meetings we hold on Monday, one team member is tasked with presenting to the rest of the team a topic of their choice. It can be anything from what they did over the weekend to insights on the country’s current political climate. The minimum requirements are that it should be enlightening, inspiring, and/or related to our work. The Weekly Workshops provide space and time for individuals to share their passions and interests and for us to learn from each other at the same time. Oftentimes, the presentations transition into organic discussion.
Last Monday’s “Sex No Longer Sells, Activism Does” presentation was a timely topic chosen and presented by Tracy, our Account Executive. Given the current political climate, the end of her presentation turned into a debate. Not everyone has the same opinion, but that is what makes the Weekly Workshops valuable. They allow us to see other perspectives and may even help define our own thoughts.
A culture of curiosity and development
KCM Agency’s 2017 Culture & Code states this as the objective of the Weekly Workshops:
Our responsibility as individuals is to be curious and seek new experiences to share so we can learn from one another. Our role as a company is to be supportive of this quest.
By encouraging team members to explore topics they are interested in and share their learnings and experiences, KCM Agency strives to build a culture of curiosity. Be it curiosity in new ideas or curiosity in each other, the goal is to celebrate our differences, opinions, and ideas and expand our minds. Dan Khabie, Global CEO of Mirum has written about why he believes in building a culture of curiosity in LinkedIn’s #HowIHire series: “Future-proofing your company starts with building that culture of curiosity. Celebrate it. Reward it. Big ideas never come from looking down at your feet.” When you’re curious, you’re more open to broader perspectives and bigger ideas, which naturally spurs innovation in the workplace.
As Netflix’s Company Culture boasts: High performance individuals are generally always self-improving through experience, observation, introspection, reading, and discussion. KCM Agency’s Weekly Workshops is only one part of the company culture that aims to nurture the development of the members of our team. Team members are also encouraged to seek out opportunities to grow individually through external experiences and education such as classes, seminars, and events.
Curiosity is one of KCM Agency’s Core Values which have guided KCM Agency through the past few years of the company’s growth and will continue to set the hallmarks of our culture and identity.
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