Meet the team
The beginnings of Prepared Mind however can be traced back years before that eventful February morning. Two lines were developing in parallel, unknowing at the time that they were to meet one day.
The first line started a wave of enthusiasm for the New World of Work. In 2009, a brainstorm session was organized about the New World of Work – then a mostly Dutch concept – together with AOS Studley, Getronics, Microsoft and PwC. The first NWOW Alliance was the result, and the ambitions were to advocate and evangelize new work concepts in Belgium. Some of us started writing, doing and explaining, creating a wave of enthusiasm around us.
Years later, in 2012, they came to the conclusion that the New World of Work was being reduced to good old teleworking and that many organizations were just trying to copy some of the best practices, with a high focus on facilities and ICT. The cases implemented until then showed that such a ‘Tools’ approach needs to be embedded in a broader transformation program.
Organizations looking for an integrated approach basically had few places to go to.
At around the same time, the theories of Modern Sociotechnical Systems Thinking were being advocated in Belgium by its academic leader, Geert Van Hootegem. Geert had been thinking about New Ways of Organizing based on Social Innovation for more than 20 years and was intrigued by the New World of Work hype and its limitations.
These two lines of thought were meant to connect one day and by sharing our views on work and organizations, we came up with the concept of Total Workplace Innovation, combining insights and expertise from the New World of Work and New Ways of Organizing. Connecting the New World of Work to truly new ways of organizing the organization thus became our mission.
One thing is certain: twenty years from today, when we look back upon today’s workplace environment, we’ll have a hard time believing that this is really how we used to work at the beginning of the 21st century. Organizations that want to survive in a climate of accelerated change need to start reinventing themselves: only those who start looking at the workplace as a strategic asset will be able to truly engage employeestomorrow.