Since my initial post “Corporate Rebels United – the start of a corporate spring?” of 17 March 2012, and the subsequent “A New Global Practice for Value Creation”, the core team has been working on fine-tuning our mission.
UPDATE: we are now also present on other social media channels:
- Our Website (in progress) > make sure you have signed-up here (everybody who commented and signed up on comments of this post has been imported in our website already)
- The full Corporate Rebels Manifesto
- Our Facebook Group
- Our Google+ Community
- Our twitter handle @corprebels and hashtag #corprebels
- Our Scoop.it curation
I am very grateful to the whole team for getting us where we are today, and especially for initial instigators Laura Merling and Mike Maney, and our advisors/mentors Nilofer Merchant, John Hagel, Mark Bonchek, and Dave Gray.
A special word of thanks to Dave Gray (author of the just released “The Connected Company”), who inspired us with his concept of “Pods”: independent self-organizing cells who act autonomously but in context of shared platform of common, core, connected principles. Dave was also the person who landed the first version of this manifesto, based on previous culture-hacking work by the core group.
Mathias Vestergaard is the first Corporate Rebel from the core group starting the a Corporate Rebels Pod in New-York City. Who’s next?
Some of us will be present at the CultureCon2012 (co-organized by fellow rebel Dan Mezick and author of “The Culture Game”) and at BIF-8, the fantastic story tellers event by Saul Kaplan and team. Let’s continue the conversation there or online.
The release of this Corporate Rebels Manifesto coincides magically by the release of “The Labor Day Manifesto Of the Passionate Creative Worker” by John Hagel, mentor and my source of inspiration for many years, who writes:
We celebrate the passionate and dedicated individuals in all fields who have both led us to where we are now, and are creating and shaping the future. They are explorers, pushing back the limits of our current understanding. They pioneer new ideas, discover new truths, and tirelessly innovate. They actively seek out new challenges and connect broadly with others to solve them. Though they come from every occupation and background, they are unified by the sincere belief that they can leave the world a better place than they found it
So, without further due, here is our/your Corporate Rebels Manifesto:
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What is the problem?
Our companies no longer serve our needs. They cannot keep pace with a high-velocity, hyper-connected world. They no longer can do what we need them to do. Change is required.
What is the vision?
We love our companies and want them to succeed. We want to reboot our corporate and organizational culture to install a 21st century, digitally native version, to accelerate positive viral change from deep within the fabric of our organizations, and to reclaim our passion for work.
What is Corporate Rebels United?
We are building a global network of change catalysts that act from deep personal awareness and presence, and an irresistible enthusiasm. Our actions will lead to new product and services and new global practices for value creation, agility and velocity. We are architects and scouts into the future, and we want to guide our organizations in navigating a safe path from now to then.
Challenging the status quo
Breaking the rules
Saying the unsaid
Spreading the innovation virus
Seeding tribal energy
With no fear
With a cause to do good
Leading by being from our true selves
Going after the un-named quality
We are holding a space.
We are making and holding a space where everybody can have a voice in service of value creation. The DNA of our movement is a platform of core principles that are the basis for us to connect, to practice, to embrace, and to inspire other to dream and make our dreams come true.
How do we define success?
When we have a community of 10,000 pods worldwide, with a good distribution across industries and regions. When we feel whole at work. When the DNA is established, when the pods start to divide, enabled by the lightweight space we are holding. Holding a space is a about context; the job is done when the space is holding itself, when people start saying: “I suddenly feel free to be awesome.” When our practice gets the same attention in annual reports as efficiency practices such as Lean and SixSigma.
Help us articulate the principles.
We are now defining the DNA: A platform of common principles that define who we are and what we stand for. We could use your help.
- Principle-1: We love our companies and want them to succeed in this high-velocity, hyper-connected world.
- Principle-2: We dare to be great.
- Principle-3: We have the mandate to be brave and to challenge the status quo.
- Principle-4: We will reboot our corporate and organizational culture to install a 21st century, digitally native version.
- Principle-5: We accelerate positive viral change from deep within the fabric of our organizations.
- Principle-6: We enable and empower the rest of our organizations to move at rapid pace, but with room for patience and reflection.
- Principle-7: We unleash the enormous potential that lies within every human being within our organizations.
- Principle-8: We re-ignite the passion in our organizations.
- Principle-9: We are not just talkers, but doers.
- Principle-10: We are building a global network of change catalysts that act from their true selves.
- Principle-11: Our actions lead to new product and services and new global practices for value creation, agility and velocity.
- Principle-12: Our community acts from deep personal awareness and presence, and an irresistible enthusiasm opening up old rusty structured.
- Principle-13: We are architects and scouts into the future,
- Principle-14: and we want to guide our organizations in navigating a safe path from now to then.
- Principle-15: We are very well intentioned individuals.
- Principle-16: We are united people with shared purpose, starting with our own being.
- Principle-17: We maintain integrity and relevance..
- Principle-18: We keep our community a safe environment, where you can become who you want to become. Where you are not alone in being a catalyst.
- Principle-19: Our core values are integrity, clarity of reason, brightness and great positive energy.
- Principle-20: Reflection, reporting back and adding-on to each others input and opinions is our natural way of collecting and discussing opinions.
Start a pod. Organize yourself. Decide on your own activities, your own resources, and your own relationships. And link them back to the mothership, the DNA platform of common, core, connected principles.
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If this Manifesto speaks to you, we ask that you become a “signatory” by indicating your support in the comment section below. We’ll add you to the growing list of Corporate Rebels. And we’re in the process of creating an online holding space for our common principles and convictions. Stay tuned.