It’s a Monday morning. You’ve survived the traffic and you’ve just made your first coffee for the week. You greet all your colleagues. Now what?
At HKLM we start off our Monday mornings with what we call WIP. Typically, WIP stands for Work In Progress, but here at HKLM we think of it as the: Weekly Impact Presentation. It’s a quick meeting where all of us can share what impacts we’ll be making in the week. We stand up for the duration of the meeting and take turns telling the team about our most important tasks for the week. After that someone gives an inspiring presentation about something brand, “to share inspiration and to get everyone involved in celebrating the richness of Africa,” explains HKLM General Manager, Jonathan Houston.
The WIP presentations vary a lot. They can be on anything from design, to out-of-the-box thinking, to the best and worst ad campaigns out there. Catherine Kruger, Creative Director at HKLM, has presented on the reasons behind successful design updates as opposed to failed ones.
Catherine Kruger gave a presentation on the reasons behind strong design updates as opposed to the failings of weak ones.
“The purpose of Monday is to focus the team on the week ahead; to be thinking about where they make a difference and where they can assist each other, says Jonno. “It’s a place where everyone can ask for help or celebrate those around them who have been outstanding in the week previous.”
The point of standing.
Stand-up meetings, which is what WIP is, are brief meetings aimed at creating a collective status update. And standing, believe it or not, keeps us focussed on the meeting. “Standing helps to make sure that the conversation has some energy to it; so that we are short, sharp and focussed,” says Jonno. “When we sit in a meeting, we tend to get complacent and even drift away. Standing signals intent!”
The point of a status update.
It helps to know where everyone is at, even if you don’t really work with that department. A collective status update fosters empathy and makes everyone proud when someone wins. Jonno says at HKLM our WIPs have fostered a team spirit and given us something to look forward to on a Monday: “People look forward to the presentations and it has given us a cultural habit that brings us together and allows us to hear and see each person and understand their wins and challenges on a regular basis.”
It’s just a 20 minute slot on a Monday morning, but it can make a world of difference.