About Working Out Loud
Working Out Loud is a way to build relationships that can help you in some way, like achieving a goal, getting better at a skill, or exploring a new topic. Instead of networking to get something, you invest in relationships by making contributions over time, including your work and experiences that you make visible. Your contributions over time are what build trust and deepen a sense of relatedness, and that's what increases the chances for cooperation and collaboration.
The results? When you Work Out Loud, you're more effective because you have access to more people, knowledge, and opportunities that can help you. You feel better, too, because your bigger network of meaningful relationships gives you a greater sense of control, competence, and connection. All of that leads to more motivation for individuals, and to more agility, innovation, and collaboration for an organization.
Working Out Loud Circles help you experience this for yourself. Circles are small peer support groups in which you build relationships related to a goal, using simple structured guides over 12 weeks. Over that time, you develop habits & a mindset you can apply to any goal. WOL Circles are now in over 40 countries and a wide range of organizations.
I help organizations create more collaborative cultures – and help individuals access a better career and life – by spreading the practice of Working Out Loud. Services range from talks & workshops to customized training programs. Here are some of the companies where WOL is spreading.
I started thinking of WOL as a practice when I was working in a large company. As individuals, it felt like we were all playing career roulette. A new boss or change in the organization could dramatically affect your career. Though the organization talked about collaboration, we competed internally. Though we invested in digital tools, few people ever developed the habit of using them.
So I tried to help people experience a better way of working. In the years that followed, I learned how to build authentic relationships, how to share my work in a way that made it better, and how to create a practice that helped me make my own luck. That practice became Working Out Loud. I’ve seen – first for myself, then for colleagues, and now in Working Out Loud Circles around the world – how Working Out Loud helps people become more effective, more motivated, and happier.