The lab culture is shaped by five principles [1-3]: (i) Autonomy, (ii) Mastery, (iii) Sense of Purpose, (iv) Common Purpose, and (v) Consensus. In this framework, the lab members feel the Autonomy when they believe that they are independent thinkers. Autonomy frees them to focus on continual Mastery by immersing themselves in the science to grow in their specialization. Subsequently, each team member feels a Sense of Purpose because their team (or community) values the mastery. When embracing the five principles; we go above and beyond to empower each other because we have created a Common Purpose for The illimited LAB guided by a common vision and mission. We understand that the success of our colleagues is our success. The common purpose, however, requires Consensus building.
To this end, we firmly believe it is imperative to nourish a collaborative culture within and beyond The illimited LAB, while still embracing our individual strengths. We will always adhere to Sutton’s golden rule .
The five principles plus Sutton golden rule are nourishing:
- our nonhierarchical culture – facilitating the freedom for independent thinking to explore exciting scientific topics, to enjoy intellectual curiosities, to take risks, and to propel discoveries toward impactful technologies.
- our commitment to societal impact – breaking from egoism to pioneer discoveries and inventions for the betterment of humanity and our planet.
- our open science: creating and sharing ground-breaking technologies, knowledge, data, and designs
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 R I Sutton. The no asshole rule: Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t. Business Plus, 2007.