04. June 2015 · Comments Off on Valve: A Company Where the Freedom to Fail meets Unstructured Collaboration · Categories: Uncategorized

I’m reading over Steinberg’s Make Change Work For You and came across his notes on a video game company called Valve,


You really have to read this company’s website to believe how they operate. They succeed with what I call “unstructured collaboration” (i.e. there is no traditional hierarchical structure that issues assignments) that many would find chaotic.

Their website states:

“When you give smart talented people the freedom to create without fear of failure, amazing things happen. We see it every day at Valve. In fact, some of our best insights have come from our biggest mistakes. And we’re ok with that!”

Who are they?

“Just highly motivated peers coming together to make cool stuff.”

Read the website to find out more. Check out the handbook for new employees. Do you think this could work in libraries?

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