The Nearsoft Governance Framework (slides)

The Nearsoft Governance Framework (slides)

Being explicit about our goals, vision, values, and principles helps us grow in a scalable way, and tun the company in a sustainable way.

Nearsoft’s Governance Framework includes,

  • Noble cause
  • Vision
  • Values
  • Principles

Noble Cause

A noble cause keeps us aligned for the long term.

To promote technology entrepreneurship beyond our walls

It gives our work purpose and meaning.

Vision

In 2012 we defined our five-year vision as a team.

  • To be recognized as a top technology innovator in Mexico.
  • To become a top international destination for professional and personal growth.
  • To be a source of happiness for our employees and our communities.
  • To reach a $40M market cap by 2017.

These are challenging but attainable targets.

Values

Values give us a support, a base to stand on.

  • Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Long-term relationships
  • Smart & gets things done
  • Teamwork

These values were selected by everybody in the company (using Innovation Games technology).

They are not just words posted in the lobby. We live these values and even rate candidates on their cultural fit, relative to these values.

Principles

Principles keep us steady along the way.

We follow the 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy

  1. Transparency
  2. Fairness + Dignity
  3. Inclusiveness
  4. Decentralization
  5. Integrity
  6. Purpose + Vision
  7. Dialogue + Listening
  8. Accountability
  9. Choice
  10. Reflection + Evaluation

An Adult-Safe Environment

As David Vik (i.e., “Coach” at Zappos) has said in reference to an explicit governance framework,

When everyone knows it, they can get behind it, and then they don’t have to be told what to do.

Culture Shaping

We have been intentional about our company’s culture from day one–we didn’t leave it to chance.

We created the conditions for the culture to go in a certain direction. In the end, culture is a living thing, it is what our whole team makes of it every day.

That is one reason we are very, very careful about who we bring into our organization, whatever the role.

Culture Shaping Practices at Nearsoft

  • Open books
  • Flat org, no titles
  • Work from anywhere
  • Decentralized decision making
  • Explicit governance
  • Public OKRs
  • Community building
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