Harnessing the power of diverse teams

Harnessing the power of diverse teams

Diverse businesses are higher performing.

Increasing diversity from Boards down is a focus for both policy makers and business leaders. But a diverse team is not enough it must also be inclusive. Every voice must be included when teams come together to create, innovate and decide.

Workshops and meetings are often dominated by a subset of voices. For example, women are more likely to get interrupted by men. Quiet experts and ‘outsiders’ - e.g. people new to the organisation or from different departments - are unheard, despite their potential to challenge orthodoxies and group think. Things are made harder by hierarchy and cultural and language barriers.

Consequently, many teams are using only a portion of their collective mind. So, what can organisations do to address these challenges?

💡 Try a new approach to collaboration

At Axis, we aim to enable organisations to harness the power of diversity through inclusive live collaboration. The Axis digital workshop platform is based upon thousands of hours of expert workshop facilitation and the latest research into group behaviour.

We have tried, tested and refined our methodology for structured and facilitated collaboration to make it quick and simple for anyone to facilitate an inclusive and effective workshop or meeting.

The key elements of an Axis digital workshop are:

Anonymous input and idea creation

During all our phases the input is completely anonymous. We have found this gives people more confidence to not only speak up, but put forward bolder ideas!

Collective decision making using multiple different methods

Just as important as creating ideas is voting on those ideas! Axis allows participants to vote freely and therefore allow for a fairer and more accurate evaluation of the ideas.

A structured flow from framing the context through to planning for action

This combination makes it natural and simple for everyone share, shape and influence. Participants are given space to think independently without social pressure and are then brought together for collective curation, shaping and decision making.‍

How we're tackling diversity and inclusion

To further our inclusion and diversity mission we will be releasing a series of inclusion and diversity workshop templates. These templates - beginning with gender parity - will cover a host of inclusion and diversity issues, enabling teams and organisations to drive open, honest and inclusive collaboration.

These templates are free and unlimited to all users: it does not matter if you have a paid subscription or not - for any templates categorised under 'Diversity and inclusion' in the template gallery, you can run the session without a participant limit.

This is the start of a new journey for Axis, and we are looking for organisations to work with us to co-create more of these templates, so if you would like to get involved please get in touch with Axis' inclusion and diversity lead Giulia via diversity@axis.ws

Summary

Anonymous input, collective decision making and our 5 step process allow you to bring out the best from ideas from your workshop. We have combined years of design thinking experience with a tool that tackles common problems within everyday workshops making axis a truly great tool for allowing both inclusive and effective collaboration.

Ready to try Axis?

It is completely free to signup to Axis, so get exploring! Simply click below to get started. If you would like to request a demo then click here to pick a time or drop us an email!

Fancy a sneak peek of our designs? 🎨

Get in contact with us over email or intercom and we will get you on a list of early access users who will be the first to see and provide feedback on the new designs

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