As always, I sincerely hope you’re doing great and staying safe. As we navigate Q2 and reflect on how the landscape has altered since last year, we look at how design can be used to transform culture.
To quote the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu:
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
Undoubtedly there is change in the air, and as we mused the ‘new, new normal’ last month we pondered opportunities amongst turbulence. We may define team culture as the accumulation of individual—aligned—habits, so the question now is how to protect the strengths of office culture whilst harnessing the unique advantages to a workforce able to WFH aptly.
Technophobia could cripple productivity, but thankfully new tools are designed to function intuitively and act as a lifeline to scattered teams. Now, more than ever, we believe it’s important to share resources and knowledge to support businesses and support strong work cultures. To support your team it’s great to find a balance between social interaction and deep work assisted with accountability.
Productivity apps such as Miro and Bloo are useful, as is scheduling weekly catch-ups with team members. Encouraging more ‘water cooler’ moments virtually like team-building workshops will also help virtual teams feel connected and part of a tight-knit organisation.
We’re happy to announce the launch of our Methods section on our website. This collection of design methodologies can help tackle problems with high-level thinking, and upskill your team for the future.
At Mäd, we’ve recently been working on various glossaries of terminologies to help clients, and departments communicate and understand one another better.
We also explored a concept ideal for both teaching and learning opportunities:
We have also strengthened our insights section with new thoughts, guides, and bolstered previous content with deeper thinking.
To end, I’d like to recommend some books. We’ve been adding to the Mäd library and some of the additions include Zag by Marty Neumeier, a fresh view on brand strategy, and Making Sense by Sam Harris—a fascinating collection of conversations on consciousness, morality, and the future of humanity.
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If there is anything that Mäd can do to help you and your business, do not hesitate to reach out.
Until next time,