Circle of Safety

Circle of Safety is a type of organisational culture in which everyone is trusted and feels like they belong. Leaders should strive to create a Circle of Safety because it significantly improves cooperation in organisations when everyone feels that they are more secure in their job and that they are capable of completing tasks and contributing to organisational goals. Many corporate cultures have components that are counter-productive for collaboration. Associates can often fear to feel isolated, useless or that their ideas are not valued, which are all conditions that need to be combatted by leadership. To develop a Circle of Safety, leaders must develop a culture based on human-centred values by offering trust and empathy by default.

Culture code deck

Culture code deck is a tactic for communicating the current or envisioned corporate culture explicitly in a slide deck, both internally and externally. Netflix was the first company to share their culture code deck, which (at the time of writing) has 11M+ views. Culture code decks differ from traditional communication about company culture by relating overall values to specific behaviour and practices in the organisation and represent a public promise to behave in a certain way.

Company wide Q and A

Company-wide Q and As are a way to create an open dialogue between senior executives and employees, by which information about the company is shared with employees and employees are encouraged to ask questions. It can be done offline or online, but online is often more effective, especially if a company has multiple locations. Company-wide Q and As are important as once an organisation starts to grow beyond 50-100 people, it becomes very difficult for the top team of executives to know everyone. This leads to formal rules being introduced to compensate for the lack of personal connections. Q and As are a way of retaining the personal touch, whilst creating the transparency and trust that is necessary for innovation to take place.