HpO Vision (the ship)

The HpO Vision (the ship)

Any expedition in which you traverse obstacles in a strange or unfamiliar environment, leading to a future destination, requires a structure of sorts, to allow you to operate, and to protect you from the environment; a vessel, so to speak. Captain Cèo’s vessel is the HpO Vision. In all likelihood your vessel is your workplace, be it a cubicle, office, vehicle, building, or any combination of each. Assuming that your expedition charter and its vision were established to improve financial and/or non-financial performance within your organization, and assuming that when you set sail on this expedition you’ll be spending a great deal of time aboard, with the rest of the crew, it only makes sense that the environment—the interior in which you have some control over, versus the exterior environment, which is often unpredictable—is safe, comfortable, inspiring, and spacious.

Your position (rank and file) within an organization or team will most likely determine your physical location, access permissions and personal space while aboard your vessel.

If you currently feel as though you’re stuck in third-class, regardless of your rank and file, do not despair; this topic is all about designing, building, or renovating your vessel to ensure it’s not only seaworthy, but that it serves to protect its occupants for maximum performance.

If you work in, or have ever worked in an office building, you may be familiar with the uninspiring environment of cubicles, fluorescent lighting, drab wall colorings, wall-to-wall carpet, and static, recirculated air. Not unlike third-class on an ocean-going vessel. The same may be said for shop floor resources whose work areas are often cluttered and dirty, where lighting is insufficient and air quality is poor. And since diggers are almost always the group of resources that must endure these environments, is it any wonder many organizations are less than stellar performers?

While those in first- and second-class may have more inspiring surroundings, the themes are generally the same: work, and business—not that your workplace environment should not represent the business, or that it should not be functional, there is a point, however, where culture is expressed and experienced through observable artifacts (more on this below) as well as espoused values and basic assumptions (more on these in Treasure Three). That is to say, anyone entering your vessel (especially new crew members) should feel as if they are embarking on an exciting expedition rather than feeling as if they’ve been captured by pirates and forced to swab the decks.

Designing your Vessel

Whichever shape your vessel takes, be it a garage, retail outlet, hotel, office or factory it must be designed for smooth sailing. That is to say, safety, comfort, reliability and efficiency all contribute to performance on every level, deck, cabin, galley or berth. How people interact with technology, equipment and each other is crucial to non-financial performance (indirectly). How clients and customers relate to employees, merchandize and functional systems (entrance and exit, parking, restrooms, checkouts, waiting rooms, seating areas, hotel rooms and berths and meeting rooms, etc.) is crucial to financial performance (directly).

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