I haven’t met Tiago Caldas yet. We haven’t even spoken on the phone. But after I gave a talk at his company in Germany last September, I noticed him join the WOL community from Brazil, form a WOL Circle, connect with people around the world, and actively promote WOL. Most recently (and incredibly), he organized a group to translate the Circle Guides into Portuguese.
I asked him via email why a manager in a global engineering company would do all of this, and he sent me a short blog post I said I would share with you. In short, WOL helped him and he thought it would help others, so he’s taking action to make that possible.
I’ll speak to him for the first time in two weeks about ways to spread WOL in Brazil. I can’t wait to thank him.
Working Out Loud: a kind of dynamite for Brazilians’ improvement!
Everybody knows that we Brazilians are so open and we love relationships. We like to be connected with colleagues, friends, and family and there are no barriers for that. Five minutes are enough to invite someone for a barbecue, party, or to drink something together.
Therefore, sharing is in our blood! We are a mix of every kind of culture: Germans, Italians, Japanese, Americans, Indians, etc. This is also something that help us to be so flexible in dealing with so different characteristics and personalities.
So, why does Working Out Loud matter for Brazilians?
I used dynamite in the title because in my opinion the advantage we Brazilians have in establishing relationships connected with an organized way to do that is extremely powerful. We can show our work and improve our networks at the same time.
The elements of Working Out Loud are real for us:
- Relationships: We truly enjoy being together.
- Generosity: Facing so many crises and difficulties, we learned to open our hearts and help each other.
- Visible work: We like to talk and share! But we need to improve how we do it, and the 12 steps are a powerful tool.
- Purposeful discovery: The heart moves us. We need motivation to discover what really touches us.
- Growth mindset: We love life, and exploring more and more is our passion.
The topics above are what is moving me and I strongly believe that this concept is a powerful tool for Brazilians and other Latin Americans to develop themselves and use their natural abilities to make a difference in the digital world. This is why we are investing our time to translate the WOL Circle Guides into Portuguese, and a community of enthusiastic people will be involved in this challenge. (And I pray that as fast as possible we can have the book also translated to Portuguese!)