International Working Out Loud Week is an opportunity for us, as a community, to build awareness of the power of Working Out Loud. By working out loud, we have the ability to harness our collective knowledge to support each other to be more efficient, effective and creative in our daily work routine.
What does it mean to Work Out Loud?
There are 5 basic elements to Working Out Loud, as documented by John Stepper:
- Making Your Work Visible:It’s as simple as… Working Out Loud = Observable Work + Narrating Your Work
- Making Work Better: One of the main reasons for sharing your work openly is to discover new ways to improve it. By allowing people to provide feedback, contribute, or make recommendations, means you have an opportunity for improvement.
- Leading With Generosity: Think of your posts as contributions to the community, not an opportunity for self promotion or as an ad hoc “Community Help Desk”. Your main goal should always be about engaging others, remember you shouldn’t just post when you are looking for help… As Keith Ferrazzi said, “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”
- Building a Social Network: Working out loud, over time, will allow you to broaden the range of people you connect with and to build relationships with people outside your immediate work group. And the further you develop these relationships, the more likely it will be that there will be an opportunity for collaboration in the future.
- Making It Purposeful: With an infinite amount of contributing and connecting going on, make sure whatever you post is purposeful. Purposeful = effective interaction. Remember the goal is to increase the opportunity for a serendipitous connection.
How do I get involved?
It’s easy, share something your working on – whatever is appropriate (and relevant) to you. Remember to tag your posting with #WOLWeek so that others can follow along and join the broader community conversation.
Don’t forget to Encourage Others to Work Out Loud! Working out loud works best when we work as a community!
Thanks to the following customers who started the movement via the YCN (Yammer Customer Network) – Austen Hunter, Jonathan Anthony and Simon Terry. Check out (and Like) the Yammer thread @ http://aka.ms/wolweek
*Posting paraphased from Simon Terry’s #WOLWeek posting.