How to CO-WORK the right way

Can CO-WORK­ING cure your worker’s BLOCK? Only if you’re a GOOD sharer…

Collective Hub - - 5 MINS - WORDS CLAU­DIA BAR­RIGA-LARRIVIERE

It’s the trendy re­sponse to a pro­duc­tiv­ity prob­lem: when your work’s not flow­ing, why not join a co-work­ing space? But, is hot-de­sk­ing in a build­ing with strangers re­ally the an­ti­dote? Ac­cord­ing to Clau­dia Bar­ri­gaLar­riv­iere, Head of Cul­ture at start-up stu­dio BlueChilli, our “fetishism for co-work­ing” is cloud­ing our judge­ment.

“Co-work­ing spa­ces can cre­ate a mi­rage of co­op­er­a­tion,” says Clau­dia. “Some of the bright­est minds in the coun­try are fooled into be­liev­ing we’re in­ter­linked as a start-up ecosys­tem just be­cause we’re in close prox­im­ity.”

In other words, it’s not enough to rent a desk next to a stranger and ex­pect it to op­ti­mise your out­put – you also have to change your mind­set. “The an­swer doesn’t lie in avoid­ing co-work­ing spa­ces, but in pre­par­ing our­selves to use those spa­ces to their fullest,” says Clau­dia. Here’s how:

DON’T BRING YOUR OWN CROWD.

Or, if you do, make sure you speak to other peo­ple, too. All too of­ten, in­stead of let­ting our guard down, we at­tend events in co-work­ing spa­ces and only speak to peo­ple we al­ready know – or even worse, to those who al­ready agree with what we’re about to say. We re­sort to cos­metic fixes that make it look as if we’re mak­ing deep con­nec­tions. We take self­ies with other founders with no in­ten­tion of form­ing a sus­tained re­la­tion­ship. The real magic of co-work­ing hap­pens when you share true fail­ures and valu­able data.

SHAKE YOUR SCARCITY MIND­SET.

Many founders live in a ‘zero-sum game’. If some­one gets an awe­some in­vestor, or an amaz­ing CTO, in­stead of feel­ing happy for them they se­cretly be­grudge them, be­cause that means there is one less to go around! If you catch your­self look­ing to your left and right at your co-work­ing space, take a deep breath and let go. The whole role of start-ups is to ex­pand mar­kets. There is enough to go around for ev­ery­one who in­hab­its your area.

SHARE YOUR SUC­CESSES.

A com­mon prob­lem in co-work­ing is founders who are ret­i­cent to share their suc­cesses or give ad­vice to fel­low co-work­ers be­cause they’re scared of com­ing off as brag­gers. In­stead of hold­ing back, ex­tend your suc­cess story to oth­ers in the space – and share your ex­pe­ri­ence. We rise by lift­ing each other.

RIDE THE ROLLER­COASTER, TO­GETHER.

Close­ness and bond­ing oc­curs over shared ex­pe­ri­ences – most no­tably ad­ver­sity. Find the man­ager of your co-work­ing space and sug­gest ri­tu­als for founders to cel­e­brate each other’s wins, and over­come their dis­ap­point­ments, in a mean­ing­ful way. What bet­ter place to open your heart than in spa­ces built for shar­ing? Build­ing con­nec­tions is a jour­ney that’s worth trav­el­ling.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.