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Characteristics of an Ideal Work Environment

IDEO describes the sweet spot for innovation in a very simple and elegant way with the following Venn diagram.

After some reflection, I realized that the same diagram can be used to describe the ideal place to create great innovation.

  • Business – Secure job, livable wage, health benefits, business transparency
  • Technical – Smart people, right tools/languages for the job, courage to change with the industry, learning organization
  • Human – Energetic office space, ability to make a difference, autonomy, organizational alignment, shared values, fun

The intersection of business, technical and human seems to be the sweet spot for an ideal job. What do you think?