FibreCoat has been built on two key values, which reflect the way that we treat, work, and live with each other and anybody on the world. These values guide our decisions and enable FibreCoat to function as a unit, enabling us to achieve an affordable future for our planet and beyond. Other values can be dominant for other organizations or individuals and that is ok as long as we interact with those systems in our framework. In the following paragraphs the values Integrity and Progress will be outlined and discussed. This shall serve as a cultural guideline in our/your team and can be used as a reference when things get tough.
Progress (from lat. pro-: “forward” and PIE ghredh: “to walk” or “go”) is a term we encounter regularly as we interact with our environment. However, it is a very personal term as it can mean many different things for many different people. At FibreCoat we strive for innovation and see progress as an integral part of business, considering three dimensions to guide our actions. These dimensions are:
-Progress of humanity as a whole, encompassing every human being and culture with the goal to improve the living standards of our societies through developing affordable materials, technologies and products,
-Progress of our business by constantly working on our processes and systems to improve our efficiency, effectiveness, and overall output,
-Progress of the individual (you) with the goal to become the best version of yourself and achieve your goals; meaning that each individual has a duty to his peer to help him succeed in his goals and vice versa.
In order to enable our constant movement forward, three significant virtues are needed: speed, scrutiny and transparency.
When we are talking about speed we essentially mean getting as much as possible done is as little time as possible without sacrificing safety or quality. Time is like a window and the bigger it is the more bad things can come through. Therefore, you must prioritize and work on the most important things first, especially if they are the hardest parts. Obviously, problems will come up and that is a good thing, because only when we find them, we can solve them. There is no problem without a solution, even if you do not like the solution. When working on these often unexpected issues, the person closest to them is probably the best to solve them as they usually have the most insight and understanding. Get help from your peers, plan and prepare but most importantly start hammering away on those tasks.
Truth is the only thing that matters. In our work we need to uncover it to use it for our and everybody’s advantage. But none of us knows everything let alone the whole truth so we need to seek, learn and assume. As assumptions are by definition not proven it is of paramount importance that we challenge any assumption regularly. If an idea is not based on irrefutable facts of the natural sciences it can be consider an assumption which is open for discussion. Even if this is easy to understand, many of us will jump to conclusions too quickly, accept an imperfect solution or something that is no solution at all. Only if you are honest in pointing out blind spots and inconsistencies you can help the team to stay on track. This is especially important when it hurts as the pain you will cause now is much smaller compared to the pain that is going to unfold down the line. Embrace problems and failures, as they are the points where we grow our understanding of the truth.
At FibreCoat we value the free flow of information and transparent decision making. Only by sharing knowledge and problems the whole organization can bring its best possible performance. Use the tools at your disposal to share what you do, what you found, what you learned, where you failed or where you witnessed something that other might find valuable. Reflect on your work regularly and deduct best practices or thing to avoid. Share them afterwards. Have a look at what other do and see if you can transfer something into your own work or give advice. Whenever you do find something useful be grateful and let the other know. Only the team can encourage the team.