We are ABInauts
Every ABI employee takes on the role of ABInaut from day one. Essentially, this role describes what we expect of each other as colleagues and what values are important to us in the search for new ABInauts.
The role has its own purpose:
to consciously explore and expand the ABI world.
As ABInauts, we are...
- Open to new ideas.
- Eager to discover uncharted areas.
- Hungry to learn. Every day
- We want to understand the world (ABI and all of its touchpoints).
- We want to test and observe in order to improve through lessons learned and then pass on these insights.
- We want to learn and share methods.
Part of a team
- We maintain the ABI spirit by actively appreciating, practising and further developing the principles and values of our abiOS rulebook.
- We actively contribute to business success and community building.
- We are there for each other.
How we work
In the complexity and dynamism of the digital world, new working methods and structures are needed in order to generate added value through innovative ideas and new concepts. At ABI, we rely on a flexible self-organised system that is constantly further developed and adapted to the current needs of the organisation.
That is why we went on a journey of transformation in 2016 that has now even been encapsulated in a recent publication – The Loop Approach. In doing so, we set the goal of evolving into a flexible and self-organised system, that constantly adapts to the current needs of the organisation.
We know that mindset and personal attitude, as well as the common culture and lived structure, are closely related and influence each other. That is why we try to optimise and adjust our approach in these areas by focusing on the individual – while bolstering our sense of togetherness. By emphasising purpose and strengths, we ensure that every ABInaut can make a useful contribution and is highly self-motivated. As part of this, we jointly strive for continuous improvement through all kinds of feedback formats and internal and external training and often come up with new ideas and approaches in doing so.
The result is a flexible structure of interdisciplinary teams (“circles”) in which employees take on different roles encompassing the skills required for project success and jointly and individually contribute to the outcome. ABInauts also organise themselves into competence clusters (“homebases”) for the purpose of sharing experiences and further developing their professional abilities.
This approach is supported by two leadership roles: the circle sponsors who give the circles their professional alignment and the advisers who are responsible for the personal development of ABInauts.
These and many other elements, such as our principles, are described in our abiOS rulebook.
- Focus on purpose
Our work at ABI is based on purpose. The organization, every circle and every role has a purpose. The purposes are internalized and in case of ambiguity they are used as a decision aid.
- Focus on strengths
With focus on our own strengths, clear roles, high competencies and full transparency we are fit to recognize our journey and to evolve along the path. Solution-oriented, hungry to learn and willing to compromise, we move forward in small steps.
- Role-based approach
We live ‘responsibility’ by organizing our work in roles, decide within them and communicate from each role. Responsibilities in roles are clearly aligned and transparent, the autonomy of each role is ensured. We use these roles to take on all possible perspectives for good solutions.
- Skill-based hierarchy
Leadership roles are spread across the organization and transparent. The ABI is not without a hierarchy, decision-making powers are represented in roles.
- Proposal Thinking
Everyone has responsibility for working in the organization and on the organization. Instead of thinking in problems we work in solutions.
- Disagree and Commit
We make quick and binding decisions, even when there are differences of opinion. All interests are valuable perspectives that are heard. In discussions we concentrate on valid objections and commit to solutions on the basis of a decision.
- Focus on learning
We use feedback and conflicts to learn and to let the ABI evolve. We listen to each other, not about each other.
The basis of self-organization is a high priority on transparency and everyone is responsible for it. If information is missing, it will be gathered proactively. On the other hand, relevant information for all will be shared consciously to others. We are open about our errors and mistakes.
- Think big, start small
We work on ambitious goals in small steps. For each product or topic we define goals, that we iterate step by step with courage. Less talking, more action.
- User-business fit
We reconcile customer benefit and efficiency. Based on facts and hypothesis-based methods we validate customer needs and constantly consider the efficiency of every project.