Photo credit: Chad Ballantyne, The Creative Space, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Every week, the size of the flexible global workforce is growing.
Entrepreneurs, Designers, Developers, Strategists, Writers, and Technologists are looking for more collaborative ways to achieve their goals, and creative places to gather and get work done. According to data reported by the annual Global Coworking Survey, in 2012 alone we saw three new coworking spaces open around the world every single day, hosting over 109,000 members in total. In February of 2013 (the shortest month of the year), the population of people working from coworking spaces grew by over 4000 coworkers reported.
But it’s not all rosy - many of these spaces are struggling on their own.
Despite the growing demand and availability, not every coworking space is able to find success.
- Some spaces struggle to reach potential members.
- Some battle with retention problems and high turnover.
- Many find it hard to differentiate among a quickly growing list of coworking options.
- Design and configuration of a new space isn’t always as easy as it seems.
- Hiring and scaling operations is demanding, and it’s hard to understand the needs and expectations of members.
Why are these problems so common? And which of these challenges do you face?
betterwork can help you and your
coworking space get ahead of the curve
This fall, I will be taking on a limited number of clients for a special kind of high-touch coaching that I’ve been developing for helping coworking spaces that want to reach beyond renting desks.
If you want to get ahead of the coworking curve, please contact me.
Be sure to include details about the goals and challenges you and your coworking space need the most help with.
You know that achieving big goals requires innovation, creativity, and maybe most importantly - teamwork. Success hinges on your ability to bring people together.
Within companies, even with the best laid plans, you know how it often feels like a never-ending uphill battle. You work to get people “engaged”, “aligned”, “working closely together”, and “towards a common goal”…
…but damn if it’s a lot of work (if it works at all.)
You keep reading that good(?) culture and collaboration is critical for engagement, recruitment, and innovation, but you’re struggling to take the first steps (or the right steps) to build the culture you want.
You keep hearing buzzwords and phrases like “flat organization”, “no managers”, “open floorplans”, and “results only work environments”…
…but you’ve got a better chance of understanding calculus than how things actually make anything better.
betterwork can help you lead a
culture of collaboration with confidence
This fall, I will be taking on a limited number of clients for a special kind of high-touch coaching that I’ve been developing for helping companies who want to fix or improve their internal culture with collaboration as a primary goal.
If you want your team to start working like a team, or to build and lead a team that get shit done, then please contact me.
Be sure to include details about the goals and challenges you and your team need the most help with.
communities & cities
Less than 6 years ago, Philadelphia didn’t register on the map as a tech or innovation community. Quite the opposite, actually. As recently as 2007, CNN referred to Philadelphia as a “technological backwater” in a profile of Josh Kopelman, one of the region’s most prolific entrepreneurs and investors.
Today, things have changed quite a bit. Philadelphia is on it’s way to become a model for how citizens and governments engage creatively, to innovate and solve big problems…together.
Among the accolades earned and top ten lists we’ve climbed, Philadelphia is the only city in the country that’s participated in Jen Pahlka’s disruptive fellowship program Code for America. Twice.
Earlier this year, Philly was one of 5 cities profiled in the Knight Foundation’s report “Bright Spots in Community Engagement”.
Countless leaders - both inside and outside of city hall - have contributed to these successes and many more. I’m beyond proud to be among them, representing the city that I love and live in.
“Alex Hillman and the team at Indy Hall are true leaders within Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community, helping establish this city as an emerging hub for innovators, founders and creators. If you’re looking to build a community, these are the folks to learn from.”
Soon, betterwork.co will begin providing lessons learned from the 5th largest city in America for leaders in your city, neighborhood, district, or precinct.
You can get a sneak peek by attending one of the upcoming events where I’m presenting.