Our Behaviours

In early 2020 we undertook a series of workshops with a pair of leadership coaches. We wanted to define the behaviours that make Side by Side a unique place to work.

We used a strategy called ‘Bright Lines’ to help us uncover our core traits.

The Bright Lines we decided upon act like walls of a room. We have 8 walls in our room. We expect everyone who works here (including ourselves) to be ‘inside the room’ but how close you are to a particular wall (i.e. how strongly you act on a certain behaviour) is flexible.

By sharing these behaviours with potential new team members, it allows them to ‘self-select’. We’ve laid out our expectations, so that applicants can then decide whether our personalities/actions/behaviours match their own.

For us, personality and behaviours are everything. Skills can be learnt.

 

In early 2020 we undertook a series of workshops with a pair of leadership coaches. We wanted to define the behaviours that make Side by Side a unique place to work.

We used a strategy called ‘Bright Lines’ to help us uncover our core traits.

The Bright Lines we decided upon act like walls of a room. We have 8 walls in our room. We expect everyone who works here (including ourselves) to be ‘inside the room’ but how close you are to a particular wall (i.e. how strongly you act on a certain behaviour) is flexible.

By sharing these behaviours with potential new team members, it allows them to ‘self-select’. We’ve laid out our expectations, so that applicants can then decide whether our personalities/actions/behaviours match their own.

For us, personality and behaviours are everything. Skills can be learnt.

 

We are
Playful

We are Playful

A playful person seeks out accidental discoveries. They share playlists, food and stories. They know the power of a playful mindset. They take their work seriously, but know when to stop, and have a little fun. They know everything is better with laughter.

A playful person seeks out accidental discoveries. They share playlists, food and stories. They know the power of a playful mindset. They take their work seriously, but know when to stop, and have a little fun. They know everything is better with laughter.

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We are
Givers

We are Givers

A giver considers those around them. They listen, debate, but don't judge. They take time to water the plants, both metaphorically and literally. Givers are for the team, not for themselves.

A giver considers those around them. They listen, debate, but don't judge. They take time to water the plants, both metaphorically and literally. Givers are for the team, not for themselves.

We are
Explorers

We are Explorers

An explorer is always learning. They value experiences over things. They’re in a constant state of curiosity. They are humble people, as they’re aware of just how much there is to find out. They are a MoFA.

An explorer is always learning. They value experiences over things. They’re in a constant state of curiosity. They are humble people, as they’re aware of just how much there is to find out. They are a MoFA.

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We are
Aware

We are Aware

An aware person is naturally open minded. They share their vulnerabilities and are aware of those around them. They are present. They are aware of how their own mood can influence others. They leave things how they’d like to find them.

An aware person is naturally open minded. They share their vulnerabilities and are aware of those around them. They are present. They are aware of how their own mood can influence others. They leave things how they’d like to find them.

We are
Tenacious Doers

We are
Tenacious Doers

A tenacious doer is productive and does what it takes to get the job done. They collaborate when stuck. They rise to the challenge of difficult tasks, because they’re just another opportunity to learn. They are not busy idiots.

A tenacious doer is productive and does what it takes to get the job done. They collaborate when stuck. They rise to the challenge of difficult tasks, because they’re just another opportunity to learn. They are not busy idiots.

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We are Brave Communicators

We are Brave Communicators

A brave communicator speaks their truth, but knows they don’t have to be right. They have a voice, but value silence. They’re open to having their point of view changed, and often embrace this.

A brave communicator speaks their truth, but knows they don’t have to be right. They have a voice, but value silence. They’re open to having their point of view changed, and often embrace this.

We are
Business* Savvy

We are
Business* Savvy

A business savvy person takes responsibility. In every decision they make they consider the business impact. For every risky idea, there’s rationale, data and instinct to back it up. They know the numbers that make the business thrive. They know when to make hay, and when to lie in the fields.

* Business videos are boring though.

A business savvy person takes responsibility. In every decision they make they consider the business impact. For every risky idea, there’s rationale, data and instinct to back it up. They know the numbers that make the business thrive. They know when to make hay, and when to lie in the fields.

* Business videos are boring though.

We Just Do
Good Shit

We Just Do
Good Shit

These people are anti-normal. They use the power of design to improve the world. They are respectful of the world around them. They share. They raise others. They don't follow the herd. They’ll leave the planet in a better state than when they entered it.

These people are anti-normal. They use the power of design to improve the world. They are respectful of the world around them. They share. They raise others. They don't follow the herd. They’ll leave the planet in a better state than when they entered it.