By Barry Stern, Ph.D.
Part One: About two years ago, while at a conference, I figured I’d spend an hour listening to Julie Clow (then Director of Learning and Development at Google) to find out how she and Google approached the L&D function. Afterwards, feeling inspired by her perspective, I put some of my reactions down in a TMI blog entry. Fast forward to today, and I’m proud to call Julie a friend and colleague, whose perspectives continue to push me to be circumspect about, as Julie might say, “This thing we call work.” And so, when Julie informed me she was writing a book and asked me to offer feedback on formative drafts as well as write a sidebar I was ready to dig in with gusto. And this week, Wiley has released her inspirational book, The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All.
Armed with video cam, I sat down with Julie in DDI’s New York office and asked her to provide us some thoughts as well as extemporaneously expand on some themes from the book. First I asked her, “What is this work revolution and why do we need it?” Listen as she talks about the evolution of the workplace and the logic for invoking some “new rules.”
Of course, we all function in complex environments, many of them with long and hallowed histories, so I put the question to Julie, “How can one spark a revolution – while still staying true to company values and not incidentally losing one’s job?”
The notion of many small efforts reflects more of a day to day attitude towards work rather than getting too attached to any one idea which may or may not take off. However, over time, were everyone to take more of the freedom they have to try new ideas, culture overall would certainly change, so that’s where I went with the next question.
What can you do every day that will impact your company’s culture, even in small ways? You’ll hear more on this topic and others, including a peek inside the Google culture, in two more video blogs over the next few weeks. Check back soon!