Guiding Principle Series: Principle 1 - Unity

A few months ago I introduced SoundRocket's Guiding Principles on this blog.  I promised these were guides to practice here at SoundRocket, designed to be continually evaluated and updated where appropriate.  I also promised that I would dive into each principle in more depth in future posts.  It is time that I do both.  

With this post, I will tackle our first principle - Unity.

Guiding Principle 1

UNITY

Our organizational well-being depends upon unity within our workplace and with our collaborators. We believe value is added through unification of experience, expertise, perspective, and resources.

While some may thrive with division, pitting one group against another, at SoundRocket we find that unity gets us further and results in a better experience for all who are involved.  

Besides, too much division will be are undoing.  We would not be SoundRocket if it were not for the unity with our customers.  We would not be employees working at SoundRocket if it were not for our unity with other employees.  We structure our work and our processes to support unity wherever we can.  

We do not build walls that divide work functions - at SoundRocket there are no silos that separate us.

We believe that our customers success is our success.  But that only works if our customers also believe that as well.  Unity is a two way adventure that must be embraced by our customers as well.  

With typical research studies spanning months and years - not hours and days - we find that unity with our customers leads us to deep growth.  Deep growth for us is a repeat customer when she gets her next grant four years later.  It is also the unexpected grant that would not have been had it not been for the collaboration and trust that came from an experience with a unity experience.  Deep growth is when we end up working with five of our customers closest collaborators in the years to follow because our unity grew to encompass them. 

With our customers, we follow their career path, not some irrelevant annual sales cycle.  We become an instrumental part of our customers career - a part that they could not imagine leaving behind.

Internally, while we employ competitive and hard working survey research professionals who care how they do as individuals, we understand that quality survey research can be only as good as your weakest link.  A great sample plan is useless if the data collection protocol is bad.  Everything falls apart if we were to fail in maintaining confidentiality or if a mistake is made on whom we invite to a survey.  Some may approach this issue by micromanaging the work - by taking a star and making him/her responsible for overseeing everything, leaving others to be followers and non-thinkers.  

We find this approach far too risky - thus we empower everyone to contribute in unity with the team.  We promote unity around every project, and we believe that if the project succeeds, we will all succeed.  

Only with unity can we expect to have our individual needs met.  And often we find that most of those are met along the way naturally.