Welcome to Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces™. Our work here is really about being more honest with ourselves and taking some time to reflect on a few of the things that seem to be broken in the workplace. And honestly, some things that often made us feel like we were aliens in the workplace—we had to be somebody else when we walked through the door in order to fit in and get ahead.
For us, exploring is also about having conversations with an open mind to discover whatever is there for us to find and learn. We’re not looking for the right or best answers, we’re looking to uncover what’s true.
Our desire and vision to create something better is what led both of us to step away from the traditional workplace to Explore, Uncover, and Create something better.
My work has gone through several iterations since I first set an intention in 2009 to have an impact on how we transform the workplace. My first project was a series of interviews with 50 experts called 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success that uncovered the surprising and deeper underlying strategies of top experts and leaders.
The 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success interview series was then followed by several projects including Higher Perspective Tools, Discover Dialogue, Jump Out of the Zombie Box, and now CONTAINER13 and Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces™ where all the dots are connecting in a way that we couldn’t see along the way.
The idea for Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces™ started in 2016 after Bill traveled to Estonia for a two-week visit that turned into a more permanent move. We then decided to start a new interview series that would build upon what was learned from our earlier work.
We came up with a new set of questions that we felt were at the heart of our company. After taking some time to reflect and discuss them with colleagues, mentors and business leaders, we ultimately decided upon these six questions:
- How can we create workplaces where every voice matters, everyone thrives & finds meaning, and change & innovation happen naturally?
- What does it take to get an employee’s full attention and best performance?
- What are people really lacking and longing for at work?
- What is the most important question managers or leaders should be asking employees?
- What is the most important question employees should be asking managers or leaders?
- What is the most important question we should be asking ourselves?
As of May 2017, we have interviewed over 40 people who have bravely and passionately responded to these questions. We are grateful for all the people we’ve interviewed and for all our readers and supporters for their interest in this work.
Unknowingly along the way, we believe we discovered that stepping into the future looks a lot like this—an insight that was contributed to us by Gwen Kinsey.
Explore. Uncover. Create.
Bill Fox & Mari Grigorjan, Co-founders