Mic drop: Fre’s marketing internship

Self steering organization


We wanted to write a blogpost about our internal culture @ Board of Innovation and the way we’ve transitioned to a self-steering organization.

It looks like we don’t need to write this blogpost anymore.

We wanted to talk about innovation-driven organizations, that are radically changing their way of working by seeking purpose instead of profit, by delegating decision-making to startup-size teams instead of controlling, by enhancing the importance of learning over winning.

This transformation, this epochal shift from control-driven to trust-driven organizations, is primarily a cultural transformation, as it requires not only different processes in place, but also employees who can think differently, who can feel empowered to reach a goal, who are able to experiment and learn from mistakes.

We wanted to talk about all of this, but then Frederik, Intern @ Board of Innovation, summed it up in his farewell message on Slack, and left us no better words to describe the challenges and the benefit that such organizational culture can unveil.

Welcome to the marketing team of BOI Fre, here is your desk. Oh, there’s something you should now, we won’t tell you what to do, you have to find opportunities yourself. So make yourself relevant and welcome to our BOI sports team! I was stunned. What am I gonna do all day? And what’s all this about a sports team?
The culture at BOI is one I’ve never imagined being possible. And newsflash, it’s one that I love. It’s a bit scary in the beginning, but once you blend into it, it gives you the space to thrive.

So if you don’t know, now you know! This week is my last week here at BOI. 
These 3 months went by so fast tho, it’s crazy. I want to thank all of you for this amazing experience. Everyone here has such an inspirational story that I got mindblown every day.

When I look back at this adventure I can honestly say that I learned and grew a lot here, as a person but also professionally. (You should see my ping-pong learning curve, it’s insane)

To soften the blow of this tragedy we gonna celebrate instead. This Friday, somewhere in Antwerp it’s gonna be hot and we will be there! So if you will agree to join the party people now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will nerf you!

I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart!

Fre -the only one here speaking proper dutch-​ Tweet

Today’s Frederik’s last day @ Board of Innovation to go back to his studies – we wish him the very best. 

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