John Stepper, pioneer of "Working out Loud"
American author, John Stepper, will be offering some practical tips for success in permanent beta in his keynote speech on the first day of the exhibition. Stepper is regarded as the founder of the "Working Out Loud" (WOL) movement in which open and transparent collaboration in multidisciplinary networks within a company is the key to a more efficient and motivating working environment.
WOL encourages people to continuously improve their work results by discussing them in interdisciplinary groups. The goal of this grassroots movement is to exploit the full potential of the community and make it easier to transfer knowledge across the company.
John Stepper helps companies to improve the way their teams work together and also shows individuals what they can do to jumpstart their careers and lives by spreading the practice of "Working Out Loud".
Instead of networking to get something out of it for yourself, you invest in relationships by contributing something positive over time. These contributions may be your own work or experiences which then make the contributor visible. As time goes on, these contributions create trust and deepen a sense of communality which in turn improves the chances of a collaboration.
John Stepper's book "Working Out Loud" describes the method and anyone interested can discover its benefits by taking part in a simple, free 12-week programme of mutual transformation. These "Working Out Loud" (WOL) circles currently exist in over 40 countries, and in many different companies too such as Bosch, Daimler, BMW and Siemens.
You can find out more about WOL, including videos from organizations spreading it and a TEDx talk, at John Stepper's official WOL website WOL-Website or in the "Personalmagazin" interview.