“You can’t do collaboration, you have to be a collaborator.”
This idea is poignant for a number of reasons. Indy Hall has been successful because we throw away so many of the bad habits around work and collaboration that “traditional” work has developed over the last 150 years. We put the focus back on the people again.
Counterintuitively, collaboration isn’t something you do.
Collaboration is a by-product of being a better collaborator. Here are the elements of collaboration that we believe are most important, and that we
Trust & High Contact
We talk a lot about trust, here. Indy Hall allows for there to be a focus on the formation of trust and deeper relationships between coworkers, because office politics, hierarchies, and succession planning are removed from the equation.
Going one step further, we create opportunities for people to interact in a “high contact” environment. The serendipitous nature of our clubhouse means that people are often spending far more face time with each other than in an office where people only interact when they need to.
Learning by Example
Indy Hall is a great place to learn how to be a better collaborator.
We believe that our members are collaborators, not customers. Members who work together – not just with each other but with the community and space itself – tend to have build deepest bonds with the community.
How to Learn to Ride a Bike
Do you remember learning to ride a bike? Can you imagine learning to ride a bike alone?
It’s a painful series of trials and errors. While you might’ve watched somebody else do it, you’re likely to fall and scrape your knee on your first try.
Teaching somebody to ride a bike, however, requires them to be a good collaborator more than it requires them to be a good teacher. They need to guide you, support you, and help you find your own “balance”. It requires that the new rider trusts their instructor/collaborator, and spend a fair amount of time together.
The collaborators that work with, in and from Indy Hall are very similar. Good collaborators earn trust first. They spend a lot of face time together with their peers. They don’t instruct, but instead guide, support, and help you find your own way.
In the best collaborator relationships, it’s a two way street – each person has the ability to provide that experience for the other at some point in their time together.
The Indy Hall community provides one of the best natural environments for this kind of exchange to happen.