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CULTURE
CODE
THE EVALUAGENT
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WHAT DO WE MEAN BY
CULTURE?
It’s a set of shared beliefs, values and
ways of working.
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WHY SHOULD
WE CARE ABOUT
CULTURE?
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REASON 1:
CULTURE is to recruiting
as product is to marketing.
Like customers who are more easily
attracted with a great product.
Talent is more easily attracted
with a great culture.
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REASON 2:
A GREAT CULTURE
helps us to challenge and support
each other to deliver great work.
Something that’s very
close to our heart!
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REASON 3:
CULTURE
HAPPENS.
Whether specifically designed or
not, all companies have a culture…
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So, rather than just let habits define how
we work together, we’ve created a
CULTURAL CODE
to express our beliefs, values,
and ways of working.
(We’re not perfect, so sometimes
they’re more aspirational than real)
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THE
EVALUAGENT
CULTURE
CODE
OUR PEOPLE COME FIRST
Clients and employees are always considered first.
Without them, we have no business.
WE RECRUIT PEOPLE WHO
SHARE OUR VALUES
Skills and knowledge are important, but not when
they have a negative impact on culture.
SIMPLY BE USEFUL
Every action is undertaken with the intention of a
useful and obvious result.
BE MISSED
We strive to do work that matters and that will
be missed when gone.
PROUD OF PRODUCT
We develop technology and services that we’re
proud to tell our family and friends about.
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This document is part manifesto and part
employee handbook.
It is part who we are and
part who we aspire to be…
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OUR
PEOPLE
COME FIRST
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OUR PEOPLE
COME FIRST
Clients and employees are always
considered first.
Without them, we have no business.
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SFTC
Solve For The Client.
By addressing the root cause of
the problem, not the symptoms.
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So… “Solve for the Client”
doesn’t mean quickly responding to
their list of requirements…
…then customising our products and
services to meet those requirements
without challenge.
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Instead,
to solve root cause,
we need two things…
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A software platform
including “best
practice” features
that can be easily configured to
meet common business needs,
and…
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2
Highly responsive
and experienced
service support
that helps clients use the
software to fix problems at root
cause.
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In order to do that (and survive in
the short-term)
we need to stay true to our
PRODUCT VISION.
(which covers software AND client support).
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Does that mean we
sometimes have to
SAY NO
to clients?
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YES IT DOES
WITH ONE CAVEAT.
Solving for the client
requires us to actually
have some clients.
We’re on the right path as
long as we can manage
expectations and sell to
clients that we can
reasonably expect to delight.
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This is the key.
We should never support a client to
“paper over the cracks” and we
should always be able to explain why
our approach is in their best
interests.
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It’s about securing the right clients
and then engaging and supporting
them in a way that ensures long
term success for them and for us.
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Of course, in order to
engage clients in the right
way, we need engaged and
engaging employees.
So…
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We want to be as proud
of the people we develop
as we are of the products
and company we build.
We want to motivate
employees to solve for the
client, so we enable four
core ways of working…
We invest to improve each employee’s
leadership skills and encourage everyone to
own their professional development.
We avoid getting bogged down in
corporate red tape. We treat each other
like adults and we only protect the business
on the big stuff
We don’t let ego, emotion, organisational
levels, or boundaries get in the way.
We share (almost) everything.
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WAYS OF WORKING #1
We invest to improve each
employee’s leadership skills
and encourage everyone to
own their professional
development.
• How do we do this? In a nutshell -
Big scary challenges.
Empowerment. Exposure. Constant
challenge and support. On-the-job
learning.
• Some specific initiatives:
• Leadership & Business Coaching.
• Mentoring programme.
• See a course or an event that would
benefit you and the business, book it.
• Unlimited Free Books Program. Buy a
book on Amazon and simply expense it.
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WAYS OF WORKING #2
We avoid getting bogged
down in corporate red tape.
We treat each other like
adults and we only protect the
business on the big stuff.
• We don’t have pages of policies
and procedures.
• Instead we have a 3-word policy on
just about everything: USE GOOD
JUDGMENT.
• Internet policy. Travel policy.
Sickness policy. Work from home
policy. Buy a round of drinks at an
event policy. Our policy on all of
these (and most other) things: USE
GOOD JUDGMENT.
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WAYS OF WORKING #2
We avoid getting bogged
down in corporate red tape.
We treat each other like
adults and we only protect the
business on the big stuff.
• Here’s the mathematical equation
that describes good judgment:
Client > Team > Individual.
• Team > Individual. Ensure that
your personal interests and beliefs
are never detrimental to the Team.
Be a team player, not a politician.
• Client > Team. Never solve for the
Team or the Company’s interest at
the expense of the Client. Solving
for Client’s interests is in our long-
term interest.
(> is the symbol for
“greater than”)
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WAYS OF WORKING #2
We avoid getting bogged
down in corporate red tape.
We treat each other like
adults and we only protect the
business on the big stuff.
• Results matter more than the hours
we work.
• Results matter more than where
we produce them.
• Results matter more than how
much holiday we take.
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WAYS OF WORKING #3
We don’t let ego, emotion,
organisational levels, or
boundaries get in the way.
• Decisions should be insight-driven
and data-powered. We’re not Mr
Spock, but we do try to avoid
making emotionally-led business
decisions.
• DEBATES SHOULD BE WON BY
BETTER INSIGHT NOT BIGGER
JOB TITLES.
• We DISCOURAGE pulling rank. It
happens sometimes, but we don’t
like it.
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WAYS OF WORKING #3
We don’t let ego, emotion,
organisational levels, or
boundaries get in the way.
• We treat everyone with courtesy
and respect, whatever their title or
job is.
• We will always tailor our
conversation to the audience, but
no-one should ever feel that they
shouldn’t be “in the conversation”.
• We always try to resolve problems
with our day-to-day contacts, but
we know when to escalate, and
we’re not afraid to do it.
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WAYS OF WORKING #4
We are transparent.
• WE SHARE (ALMOST)
EVERYTHING. We make
uncommon amounts of information
available to everyone in the
company.
• We protect information only when
it is legally required or where the
information is not completely ours
to share.
• We have open access to anyone in
the company. It’s not an open door
policy. It’s a no door policy.
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The intent behind these ways of
working is to encourage behaviours
and decisions that are aligned with
our values and shared beliefs.
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With this kind of approach we
need to recruit people who
thrive in this type of
environment.
It’s not for everyone. So…
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WE RECRUIT
PEOPLE WHO
SHARE OUR
VALUES
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WE RECRUIT PEOPLE
WHO SHARE OUR
VALUES
Skills and knowledge are important, but not
when they have a negative impact on culture.
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What makes someone a great fit for
EvaluAgent?
What makes them right for us?
What does it mean to be an
EvaluAgent?
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There are 5 attributes
that we value in
people…
SELF-AWARENESS
We use ego to solve problems, not cause them.
RESPECT
We value different viewpoints and champion other
perspectives.
TRANSPARENCY
We share pertinent information and we openly share our
opinion.
INTEGRITY
We’re honest in action as well as conversation. Disagreement is
based on genuine motives, never a hidden agenda.
CURIOSITY
We constantly seek new insights and never assume we have all
of the answers. We recognise that differences of opinion are
opportunities for learning.
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ATTRIBUTE #1
SELF-AWARENESS
We use ego to solve
problems, not cause them.
• Hold on – isn’t ego a bad thing?
• NO.
• Ego is simply a person's sense
of self-esteem.
• As leaders of change, we all
need a healthy dash of positive
self-esteem to help convince
others to follow us.
(but let’s always be aware
that it’s a fine balance)
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ATTRIBUTE #2
RESPECT
We value different
viewpoints and champion
other perspectives.
• Respectful people listen more
than they talk.
• They are self-critical and not
arrogant.
• When things go well, they share
the credit. When things go
poorly, they own the problem.
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ATTRIBUTE #3
TRANSPARENCY
We share pertinent
information and we
openly share our opinion.
• WAIT. Aren’t some people
more private than others?
• This is not about sharing
personal information or being
indiscrete. (What happens in
Vegas stays in Vegas)
• This is about sharing
knowledge, data and insights
generously.
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ATTRIBUTE #4
INTEGRITY
We’re honest in action
as well as conversation.
Disagreement is based
on genuine motives,
never a hidden agenda.
• You can build trust with people
very quickly by being open and
honest in what you say.
• You can only maintain and build
that trust by being open and
honest in how you act.
• Do the first without the second
and you’ll lose hard won trust
very quickly.
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ATTRIBUTE #5
CURIOSITY
We constantly seek new
insights and never assume
we have all of the answers.
We recognise that
differences of opinion are
opportunities for learning.
There’s nothing more to
really say on that subject…
“The important thing is
not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own
reason for existing.
Albert Einstein
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ATTRIBUTE #5
CURIOSITY
We constantly seek new
insights and never assume
we have all of the answers.
We recognise that
differences of opinion are
opportunities for learning.
There’s nothing more to
really say on that subject…
“
Constant development is the law
of life, and a man who always
tries to maintain his dogmas in
order to appear consistent drives
himself into a false position
Mahatma Gandhi
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We don’t just believe in these values.
WE’VE BUILT OUR
BUSINESS ON THEM.
We recruit, support and challenge
people based on these values.
Ultimately, we’ll performance manage
against them.
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From day one, we only ever
recruited people who we
believed would be a strong
cultural fit.
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It’s reasonable to want to recruit on
skills and experience when the
need for help is painfully acute.
It’s reasonable.
But, it’s also wrong. The impact on
culture is simply too painful.
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Just to clarify.
We would never recruit
a superstar who was a
bit of an arse.
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Does this mean we only
recruit people that match
our values perfectly?
NO.
Confucius has good
advice here…
“Better a diamond
with a flaw than a
pebble without.
Confucius
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WITH A TEAM OF GREAT
PEOPLE ASSEMBLED
we need to achieve our
business goals.
So…
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SIMPLY
BE
USEFUL
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SIMPLY BE
USEFUL
Every action is undertaken
with the intention of a useful
and obvious result.
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“The greatest ideas
are the simplest.
William Golding, Author
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USEFUL PEOPLE:
Can balance creativity and action.
They solve problems proactively.
Have a sense of ownership.
They quickly recognise threats and thrive
on turning them into opportunities.
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We constantly
CHALLENGE
THE STATUS QUO
both internally and with clients.
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We use agile methods for business
decisions as well as software development.
We are focused on quick responses to
change and continuous development.
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Put another way, we’d rather
be failing frequently than
never trying new things.
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That also means taking
calculated risk and making
decisions in times of uncertainty.
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MISTAKES
ARE OK!
(As long as we learn from them and avoid making the same ones again)
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We believe simplicity is a
competitive
advantage.
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Things start simple…
THEN COMPLEXITY
CREEPS IN.
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WHY DOES
COMPLEXITY CREEP IN?
It is typically the easy, fastest way to
solve the symptoms of a problem rather
than the root cause.
(This is how we used to do things)
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FIGHTING FOR
SIMPLICITY
takes courage and commitment to
the long game and the product vision.
(Especially when the client wants a quick and dirty solution)
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For Example:
“I need to hit my target
this month, so I’m going to
push for this piece of
client customisation.”
Result:
You may hit your target,
but we all pay the price of
that complexity and tech-
debt forever.
Focus on the long game. Team > Individual.
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You cannot add
simplicity in.
The only way to keep things simple
is to avoid and remove complexity.
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This philosophy needs
to apply to our business
as much as our product.
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In order to keep things simple, we will
• Remove unused features
• Avoid unnecessary rules
• Stop generating useless reports
• Automate manual processes
• Cancel unproductive meetings
• Prune extraneous process.
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Let’s always fight for
SIMPLICITY.
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As a product, we want EvaluAgent to be:
EASY TO BUY.
EASY TO USE.
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As a business, we want EvaluAgent to be:
EASY TO BE
PART OF.
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If we get this right,
we will…
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BE
MISSED
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BE MISSED
We strive to do work that
matters and that will be
missed when gone.
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WHY?
Because, being missed is the most
genuine way of appreciating that
we made a difference.
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When we miss someone or
something, we’re specifically missing
the
positive feelings and
impressions
that we experience by being with that
person or thing.
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Let’s not get too deep
It may be a bit of a stretch to
expect clients to “miss” our
product when they’re at home
watching Coronation Street….
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However, we should strive to make
sure that our software is talked about
and championed as the
standard for contact-
centre software.
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We also want our client support
model to make a difference.
Always true to our values, we will
interact with clients in a way that
leaves a lasting positive impression.
(EVERY single interaction with a client
is an opportunity to do that!)
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“Their capabilities, tools and the
technology enable them to bring
objectivity and this is a massive
differentiator.
“They do what I expect and are
always positive, helpful and keen
to keep supporting us. Really
helpful is the fact they roll their
sleeves up and get involved when
required.
“The product is unique but the
insights from their consulting
service is the difference.
“They are fast paced, approachable
(not a corporate body), and come
across as a bunch of people who are
truly interested in our success.
“Their responsiveness and the
personal relationship they built
meant that I knew them and
trusted them – and fully
understood their capabilities.
Some feedback from clients:
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As we grow, we need to be
able to support clients in a
way that continues to leave
POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS
like these.
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To do that, we will constantly
evolve and refine our unique
SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL
and be rigorous in our adherence
to the model so that our support
is always consistent.
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By adhering to the model, we can also
ensure that our efforts are largely
focused on
making a difference and leaving
a positive, lasting impression.
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To further enhance that
impression, we also
need to be fiercely…
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PROUD
OF
PRODUCT
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PROUD OF
PRODUCT
We develop technology and
services that we’re proud to tell
our family and friends about.
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CLIENT OBSESSION
IS CONSTRUCTIVE.
COMPETITOR OBSESSION
IS A DISTRACTION.
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We should continue to be influenced
by the market and the competition.
But we always need to be original.
We need to be
market leaders, not followers…
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We will become known as the people who
made
contact centres home to great
customer experience through
workforce engagement.
(our vision)
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To achieve this, we will
provide products and services that
make contact centre employees
better at delivering great
customer experience
(our mission)
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How will we
know if we’ve
been successful?
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It’s partly down to
financial success.
It’s partly down to bringing this
culture code to life…
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But on a personal level we’ll know
when our product invokes a feeling of
deep pleasure and satisfaction
because it’s widely used and admired.
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On that rather emotive
note, there’s just one
phrase left to share…
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“Envision. Create. Believe.
Tony Hsieh. CEO of Zappos
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SO IN
SUMMARY
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THE
EVALUAGENT
CULTURE
CODE
OUR PEOPLE COME FIRST
Clients and employees are always considered first.
Without them, we have no business.
WE RECRUIT PEOPLE WHO
SHARE OUR VALUES
Skills and knowledge are important, but not when
they have a negative impact on culture.
SIMPLY BE USEFUL
Every action is undertaken with the intention of a
useful and obvious result.
BE MISSED
We strive to do work that matters and that will
be missed when gone.
PROUD OF PRODUCT
We develop technology and services that we’re
proud to tell our family and friends about.
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We’re on a journey to build a
business where
we all reap benefits
from the effort we put in.
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The culture we’ve described here is
not yet fully realised, and it’s not
always going to be a perfect fit for
everyone.
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As we continue to
grow quickly, we’ll
continue to
experience growing
pains.
Here are a few…
We’re getting better at shrugging off our corporate
experiences. However, with corporate clients we
sometimes revert to form.
There is tension when we don’t SFTC in the right way.
We aim to be transparent. But, transparency is not the
same as democracy. Decisions are not by popular
vote. Not all decisions are popular but indecision is
even less popular.
Because things are moving fast and changing
constantly, it can feel chaotic. It feels chaotic because
often it is chaotic.
There is usually tension between short-term goals
versus long-term ambitions. As the business becomes
less chaotic, we’re starting to remove this tension.
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As we continue on our journey
together, we’ll keep refining our
Culture Code and look to everyone
to play a part in its constant
evolution.
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WE WERE INSPIRED BY, AMONGST OTHERS
• The Hubspot Culture Code
• “Drive” (Daniel Pink)
• “Maverick” (Ricardo Semler)
• “Rework” (Fried and Hansson)
• “Delivering Happiness” Tony Hsieh

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EvaluAgent Culture Code

  • 2. www.evaluagent.net WHAT DO WE MEAN BY CULTURE? It’s a set of shared beliefs, values and ways of working.
  • 4. www.evaluagent.net REASON 1: CULTURE is to recruiting as product is to marketing. Like customers who are more easily attracted with a great product. Talent is more easily attracted with a great culture.
  • 5. www.evaluagent.net REASON 2: A GREAT CULTURE helps us to challenge and support each other to deliver great work. Something that’s very close to our heart!
  • 6. www.evaluagent.net REASON 3: CULTURE HAPPENS. Whether specifically designed or not, all companies have a culture…
  • 7. www.evaluagent.net So, rather than just let habits define how we work together, we’ve created a CULTURAL CODE to express our beliefs, values, and ways of working. (We’re not perfect, so sometimes they’re more aspirational than real)
  • 8. www.evaluagent.net THE EVALUAGENT CULTURE CODE OUR PEOPLE COME FIRST Clients and employees are always considered first. Without them, we have no business. WE RECRUIT PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR VALUES Skills and knowledge are important, but not when they have a negative impact on culture. SIMPLY BE USEFUL Every action is undertaken with the intention of a useful and obvious result. BE MISSED We strive to do work that matters and that will be missed when gone. PROUD OF PRODUCT We develop technology and services that we’re proud to tell our family and friends about. 1 2 3 4 5
  • 9. www.evaluagent.net This document is part manifesto and part employee handbook. It is part who we are and part who we aspire to be…
  • 11. www.evaluagent.net OUR PEOPLE COME FIRST Clients and employees are always considered first. Without them, we have no business.
  • 12. www.evaluagent.net SFTC Solve For The Client. By addressing the root cause of the problem, not the symptoms.
  • 13. www.evaluagent.net So… “Solve for the Client” doesn’t mean quickly responding to their list of requirements… …then customising our products and services to meet those requirements without challenge.
  • 14. www.evaluagent.net Instead, to solve root cause, we need two things…
  • 15. www.evaluagent.net 1 A software platform including “best practice” features that can be easily configured to meet common business needs, and…
  • 16. www.evaluagent.net 2 Highly responsive and experienced service support that helps clients use the software to fix problems at root cause.
  • 17. www.evaluagent.net In order to do that (and survive in the short-term) we need to stay true to our PRODUCT VISION. (which covers software AND client support).
  • 18. www.evaluagent.net Does that mean we sometimes have to SAY NO to clients?
  • 19. www.evaluagent.net YES IT DOES WITH ONE CAVEAT. Solving for the client requires us to actually have some clients. We’re on the right path as long as we can manage expectations and sell to clients that we can reasonably expect to delight.
  • 20. www.evaluagent.net This is the key. We should never support a client to “paper over the cracks” and we should always be able to explain why our approach is in their best interests.
  • 21. www.evaluagent.net It’s about securing the right clients and then engaging and supporting them in a way that ensures long term success for them and for us.
  • 22. www.evaluagent.net Of course, in order to engage clients in the right way, we need engaged and engaging employees. So…
  • 23. www.evaluagent.net We want to be as proud of the people we develop as we are of the products and company we build. We want to motivate employees to solve for the client, so we enable four core ways of working… We invest to improve each employee’s leadership skills and encourage everyone to own their professional development. We avoid getting bogged down in corporate red tape. We treat each other like adults and we only protect the business on the big stuff We don’t let ego, emotion, organisational levels, or boundaries get in the way. We share (almost) everything. 1 2 3 4
  • 24. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #1 We invest to improve each employee’s leadership skills and encourage everyone to own their professional development. • How do we do this? In a nutshell - Big scary challenges. Empowerment. Exposure. Constant challenge and support. On-the-job learning. • Some specific initiatives: • Leadership & Business Coaching. • Mentoring programme. • See a course or an event that would benefit you and the business, book it. • Unlimited Free Books Program. Buy a book on Amazon and simply expense it.
  • 25. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #2 We avoid getting bogged down in corporate red tape. We treat each other like adults and we only protect the business on the big stuff. • We don’t have pages of policies and procedures. • Instead we have a 3-word policy on just about everything: USE GOOD JUDGMENT. • Internet policy. Travel policy. Sickness policy. Work from home policy. Buy a round of drinks at an event policy. Our policy on all of these (and most other) things: USE GOOD JUDGMENT.
  • 26. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #2 We avoid getting bogged down in corporate red tape. We treat each other like adults and we only protect the business on the big stuff. • Here’s the mathematical equation that describes good judgment: Client > Team > Individual. • Team > Individual. Ensure that your personal interests and beliefs are never detrimental to the Team. Be a team player, not a politician. • Client > Team. Never solve for the Team or the Company’s interest at the expense of the Client. Solving for Client’s interests is in our long- term interest. (> is the symbol for “greater than”)
  • 27. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #2 We avoid getting bogged down in corporate red tape. We treat each other like adults and we only protect the business on the big stuff. • Results matter more than the hours we work. • Results matter more than where we produce them. • Results matter more than how much holiday we take.
  • 28. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #3 We don’t let ego, emotion, organisational levels, or boundaries get in the way. • Decisions should be insight-driven and data-powered. We’re not Mr Spock, but we do try to avoid making emotionally-led business decisions. • DEBATES SHOULD BE WON BY BETTER INSIGHT NOT BIGGER JOB TITLES. • We DISCOURAGE pulling rank. It happens sometimes, but we don’t like it.
  • 29. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #3 We don’t let ego, emotion, organisational levels, or boundaries get in the way. • We treat everyone with courtesy and respect, whatever their title or job is. • We will always tailor our conversation to the audience, but no-one should ever feel that they shouldn’t be “in the conversation”. • We always try to resolve problems with our day-to-day contacts, but we know when to escalate, and we’re not afraid to do it.
  • 30. www.evaluagent.net WAYS OF WORKING #4 We are transparent. • WE SHARE (ALMOST) EVERYTHING. We make uncommon amounts of information available to everyone in the company. • We protect information only when it is legally required or where the information is not completely ours to share. • We have open access to anyone in the company. It’s not an open door policy. It’s a no door policy.
  • 31. www.evaluagent.net The intent behind these ways of working is to encourage behaviours and decisions that are aligned with our values and shared beliefs.
  • 32. www.evaluagent.net With this kind of approach we need to recruit people who thrive in this type of environment. It’s not for everyone. So…
  • 34. www.evaluagent.net WE RECRUIT PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR VALUES Skills and knowledge are important, but not when they have a negative impact on culture.
  • 35. www.evaluagent.net What makes someone a great fit for EvaluAgent? What makes them right for us? What does it mean to be an EvaluAgent?
  • 36. www.evaluagent.net There are 5 attributes that we value in people… SELF-AWARENESS We use ego to solve problems, not cause them. RESPECT We value different viewpoints and champion other perspectives. TRANSPARENCY We share pertinent information and we openly share our opinion. INTEGRITY We’re honest in action as well as conversation. Disagreement is based on genuine motives, never a hidden agenda. CURIOSITY We constantly seek new insights and never assume we have all of the answers. We recognise that differences of opinion are opportunities for learning. 1 2 3 4 5
  • 37. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #1 SELF-AWARENESS We use ego to solve problems, not cause them. • Hold on – isn’t ego a bad thing? • NO. • Ego is simply a person's sense of self-esteem. • As leaders of change, we all need a healthy dash of positive self-esteem to help convince others to follow us. (but let’s always be aware that it’s a fine balance)
  • 38. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #2 RESPECT We value different viewpoints and champion other perspectives. • Respectful people listen more than they talk. • They are self-critical and not arrogant. • When things go well, they share the credit. When things go poorly, they own the problem.
  • 39. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #3 TRANSPARENCY We share pertinent information and we openly share our opinion. • WAIT. Aren’t some people more private than others? • This is not about sharing personal information or being indiscrete. (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas) • This is about sharing knowledge, data and insights generously.
  • 40. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #4 INTEGRITY We’re honest in action as well as conversation. Disagreement is based on genuine motives, never a hidden agenda. • You can build trust with people very quickly by being open and honest in what you say. • You can only maintain and build that trust by being open and honest in how you act. • Do the first without the second and you’ll lose hard won trust very quickly.
  • 41. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #5 CURIOSITY We constantly seek new insights and never assume we have all of the answers. We recognise that differences of opinion are opportunities for learning. There’s nothing more to really say on that subject… “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein
  • 42. www.evaluagent.net ATTRIBUTE #5 CURIOSITY We constantly seek new insights and never assume we have all of the answers. We recognise that differences of opinion are opportunities for learning. There’s nothing more to really say on that subject… “ Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position Mahatma Gandhi
  • 43. www.evaluagent.net We don’t just believe in these values. WE’VE BUILT OUR BUSINESS ON THEM. We recruit, support and challenge people based on these values. Ultimately, we’ll performance manage against them.
  • 44. www.evaluagent.net From day one, we only ever recruited people who we believed would be a strong cultural fit.
  • 45. www.evaluagent.net It’s reasonable to want to recruit on skills and experience when the need for help is painfully acute. It’s reasonable. But, it’s also wrong. The impact on culture is simply too painful.
  • 46. www.evaluagent.net Just to clarify. We would never recruit a superstar who was a bit of an arse.
  • 47. www.evaluagent.net Does this mean we only recruit people that match our values perfectly? NO. Confucius has good advice here… “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius
  • 48. www.evaluagent.net WITH A TEAM OF GREAT PEOPLE ASSEMBLED we need to achieve our business goals. So…
  • 50. www.evaluagent.net SIMPLY BE USEFUL Every action is undertaken with the intention of a useful and obvious result.
  • 51. www.evaluagent.net “The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding, Author
  • 52. www.evaluagent.net USEFUL PEOPLE: Can balance creativity and action. They solve problems proactively. Have a sense of ownership. They quickly recognise threats and thrive on turning them into opportunities.
  • 53. www.evaluagent.net We constantly CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO both internally and with clients.
  • 54. www.evaluagent.net We use agile methods for business decisions as well as software development. We are focused on quick responses to change and continuous development.
  • 55. www.evaluagent.net Put another way, we’d rather be failing frequently than never trying new things.
  • 56. www.evaluagent.net That also means taking calculated risk and making decisions in times of uncertainty.
  • 57. www.evaluagent.net MISTAKES ARE OK! (As long as we learn from them and avoid making the same ones again)
  • 58. www.evaluagent.net We believe simplicity is a competitive advantage.
  • 60. www.evaluagent.net WHY DOES COMPLEXITY CREEP IN? It is typically the easy, fastest way to solve the symptoms of a problem rather than the root cause. (This is how we used to do things)
  • 61. www.evaluagent.net FIGHTING FOR SIMPLICITY takes courage and commitment to the long game and the product vision. (Especially when the client wants a quick and dirty solution)
  • 62. www.evaluagent.net For Example: “I need to hit my target this month, so I’m going to push for this piece of client customisation.” Result: You may hit your target, but we all pay the price of that complexity and tech- debt forever. Focus on the long game. Team > Individual.
  • 63. www.evaluagent.net You cannot add simplicity in. The only way to keep things simple is to avoid and remove complexity.
  • 64. www.evaluagent.net This philosophy needs to apply to our business as much as our product.
  • 65. www.evaluagent.net In order to keep things simple, we will • Remove unused features • Avoid unnecessary rules • Stop generating useless reports • Automate manual processes • Cancel unproductive meetings • Prune extraneous process.
  • 67. www.evaluagent.net As a product, we want EvaluAgent to be: EASY TO BUY. EASY TO USE.
  • 68. www.evaluagent.net As a business, we want EvaluAgent to be: EASY TO BE PART OF.
  • 69. www.evaluagent.net If we get this right, we will…
  • 71. www.evaluagent.net BE MISSED We strive to do work that matters and that will be missed when gone.
  • 72. www.evaluagent.net WHY? Because, being missed is the most genuine way of appreciating that we made a difference.
  • 73. www.evaluagent.net When we miss someone or something, we’re specifically missing the positive feelings and impressions that we experience by being with that person or thing.
  • 74. www.evaluagent.net Let’s not get too deep It may be a bit of a stretch to expect clients to “miss” our product when they’re at home watching Coronation Street….
  • 75. www.evaluagent.net However, we should strive to make sure that our software is talked about and championed as the standard for contact- centre software.
  • 76. www.evaluagent.net We also want our client support model to make a difference. Always true to our values, we will interact with clients in a way that leaves a lasting positive impression. (EVERY single interaction with a client is an opportunity to do that!)
  • 77. www.evaluagent.net “Their capabilities, tools and the technology enable them to bring objectivity and this is a massive differentiator. “They do what I expect and are always positive, helpful and keen to keep supporting us. Really helpful is the fact they roll their sleeves up and get involved when required. “The product is unique but the insights from their consulting service is the difference. “They are fast paced, approachable (not a corporate body), and come across as a bunch of people who are truly interested in our success. “Their responsiveness and the personal relationship they built meant that I knew them and trusted them – and fully understood their capabilities. Some feedback from clients:
  • 78. www.evaluagent.net As we grow, we need to be able to support clients in a way that continues to leave POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS like these.
  • 79. www.evaluagent.net To do that, we will constantly evolve and refine our unique SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL and be rigorous in our adherence to the model so that our support is always consistent.
  • 80. www.evaluagent.net By adhering to the model, we can also ensure that our efforts are largely focused on making a difference and leaving a positive, lasting impression.
  • 81. www.evaluagent.net To further enhance that impression, we also need to be fiercely…
  • 83. www.evaluagent.net PROUD OF PRODUCT We develop technology and services that we’re proud to tell our family and friends about.
  • 85. www.evaluagent.net We should continue to be influenced by the market and the competition. But we always need to be original. We need to be market leaders, not followers…
  • 86. www.evaluagent.net We will become known as the people who made contact centres home to great customer experience through workforce engagement. (our vision)
  • 87. www.evaluagent.net To achieve this, we will provide products and services that make contact centre employees better at delivering great customer experience (our mission)
  • 88. www.evaluagent.net How will we know if we’ve been successful?
  • 89. www.evaluagent.net It’s partly down to financial success. It’s partly down to bringing this culture code to life…
  • 90. www.evaluagent.net But on a personal level we’ll know when our product invokes a feeling of deep pleasure and satisfaction because it’s widely used and admired.
  • 91. www.evaluagent.net On that rather emotive note, there’s just one phrase left to share…
  • 94. www.evaluagent.net THE EVALUAGENT CULTURE CODE OUR PEOPLE COME FIRST Clients and employees are always considered first. Without them, we have no business. WE RECRUIT PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR VALUES Skills and knowledge are important, but not when they have a negative impact on culture. SIMPLY BE USEFUL Every action is undertaken with the intention of a useful and obvious result. BE MISSED We strive to do work that matters and that will be missed when gone. PROUD OF PRODUCT We develop technology and services that we’re proud to tell our family and friends about. 1 2 3 4 5
  • 95. www.evaluagent.net We’re on a journey to build a business where we all reap benefits from the effort we put in.
  • 96. www.evaluagent.net The culture we’ve described here is not yet fully realised, and it’s not always going to be a perfect fit for everyone.
  • 97. www.evaluagent.net As we continue to grow quickly, we’ll continue to experience growing pains. Here are a few… We’re getting better at shrugging off our corporate experiences. However, with corporate clients we sometimes revert to form. There is tension when we don’t SFTC in the right way. We aim to be transparent. But, transparency is not the same as democracy. Decisions are not by popular vote. Not all decisions are popular but indecision is even less popular. Because things are moving fast and changing constantly, it can feel chaotic. It feels chaotic because often it is chaotic. There is usually tension between short-term goals versus long-term ambitions. As the business becomes less chaotic, we’re starting to remove this tension.
  • 98. www.evaluagent.net As we continue on our journey together, we’ll keep refining our Culture Code and look to everyone to play a part in its constant evolution.
  • 99. www.evaluagent.net WE WERE INSPIRED BY, AMONGST OTHERS • The Hubspot Culture Code • “Drive” (Daniel Pink) • “Maverick” (Ricardo Semler) • “Rework” (Fried and Hansson) • “Delivering Happiness” Tony Hsieh