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About workplace_dna

Anna Farrow has 20 years experience in the work place field and has successfully delivered Programme Management of Design, Communication and workplace change variety of businesses at an organisational level. Anna is passionate about workplaces and how we do - and might - use them. Opinions and positions expressed are Anna's own.

Do’s and Don’ts of the Framework of Influence

It’s easy to make mistakes when adopting an engagement model. Building on this Framework of Influence (FoI) article, here are some additional tips about how to ensure your engagement structure works. Always: Remember that engagement is leadership, and that it is the role of … Continue reading

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The Engagement Fulcrum

Workplace has been traditionally a ‘tell’ environment. If you are not familiar with engagement-led models, how do you lead change when a ‘tell’ is not an option? When working with people who are new to engagement models, the common themes … Continue reading

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More Than Meets the Eye

At one interview the curveball questions at the wrap-up was: ‘Does your sewing machine have a name?’ We’re all long enough in the tooth to understand that the dreaded ‘Hobbies and Interests’ section of the CV gives people a glimpse … Continue reading

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The Great Divide

I’ve been reading Gallup’s ‘State of the American Workplace 2017’. While it is US-centric and I am sitting in an exceptionally warm England right now, it does have relevance. An item that caught my eye was “Millennials are more likely … Continue reading

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Creature Comforts

I love caddisfly larvae.  This is probably down to reading Charles Kingsley’s ‘The Water Babies’ back in my dim and distant kindergarten years. The only time they are prettier and more charming than hermit crabs is when man interferes but I … Continue reading

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The Framework of Influence

At the heart of every project is a Scope. It defines the project in terms of what needs to be achieved and the work that needs to be completed to deliver said project.  That’s the easy bit. It’s easy because … Continue reading

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Plan B

When we start messing with people’s work spaces, we start messing with their heads. There’s no other way around it, and it has to be acknowledged. This is why workplace is about people, not spaces. Spaces are easy. People are … Continue reading

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