Living barefoot is our Vivo way of rejecting the cushioned life - living courageously and showing up true to our values and in line with our mission. It could sound like an abstract term but really it is just a way of talking about the way we show up as exactly as who we are, communicating and work together in flow. It is not simply about changing the hierarchy, it is more about shifting our individual and organisational relationship with power and control.
We already ‘adult’ and ‘self-manage’ most of our own lives – we pay bills, we plan out time with dogs/cats/children, we take responsibility for the stuff that is our responsibility. We’d like to apply this thinking to the way we all work at Vivobarefoot. We want all of us to take responsibility for your area of the business – it is yours; you know it better than anyone else. Be proud of that. Nurture it. Make it flourish.
We encourage you to go out and proactively develop yourself and your circles with clear orientation to your 'value’ (impact) and our 'values' (Vivo Way). This is the Vivo Way - autonomy plus alignment in connection and flow with 1. Self (oneself); 2. Circle (teams); and 3. System (Vivo and the wider world). And while you’re at it, make sure you’re freely communicating and sharing information when and where it is needed. Help those around you, your colleagues and friends. Give them feedback, ask them for feedback, sense into the system around you. Be aware.
And if there’s something you don’t know, then ask – we are all dancing together and we are all learning as we go - we are all here to support one another as we evolve the way we work, and play. If someone does something that you think is amazing, then tell them. If someone does something that you feel could have been done in a different way, then tell them. And expect the same feedback from your colleagues. Talk often. Share. Tackle it together.
We want to build an entrepreneurial company that will be resilient to the changing world around us and gives us, as individuals and as a team, the opportunity to grow well beyond the job title we currently hang above our doors. Most importantly, treat each other as you would want to be treated – we are equals, so let’s behave like equals and enjoy a place to work where we can all flourish.