We can succeed only when we support each other, learn from each other, sacrifice for each other, are truthful with each other, rely on each other, trust each other, and are accountable to each other. Here at Design Republic, we believe in the power of people.

In our view, people succeed only when we support each other, learn from each other, sacrifice for each other, are truthful with each other, rely on each other, trust each other, and are accountable to each other. This is very apparent to us, so we were brought up a bit short when a friend challenged us to prove it. “What evidence do you have,” she asked, “that this is actually true?”

The Design Republic Experience

Well, for starters, there’s our own experience. We deeply respect our clients and their brands, and that leads us to partner with them to design and execute projects that showcase who they are rather than highlight some signature style of our own. It is first and foremost a collaboration, and the work we do together produces more than simply spaces—it produces experiences. What we gain from learning from one another are spaces that are uncommonly functional and beautiful—ones that sometimes win awards and are featured in major news media.

The Research

There’s solid research to support the approach. For instance, a new report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity and the Aspen Institute found that a major difference between high-
performing companies and low-­performing ones is that high-­performers do a better job of engaging and developing their front-line workers. While many executives give lip service to employee development, they often balk at offering tuition reimbursement or apprenticeships. This, say the researchers, is short sighted. Investing in people usually provides significant returns, especially in the form of increasing a company’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

The Experts

Meghan Brio, a leading HR and technology consultant, says that education and career development opportunities increase employees’ innovation and passion. The more passionate they are about their work, the longer employees will stay with a company, and the more likely they are to come up with ideas that benefit the bottom line. People who trust one another and fully collaborate toward a shared goal can accomplish more while creating truly unique products and services. Robin Chase, co­founder of Zip Car, points out that by trusting people to pick up and return rental cars without supervision, she and her customers developed a new type of business, where people joined together to co­create a service. Not just any service, either, but one that was more efficient, more convenient, and more productive. She calls this process Peers, Inc. and she wrote a book about it. Read more about her concept here.

The Last Word

We’ll give the last word on people power to Amy Poehler because when we read this quote, we immediately thought of our colleagues and clients at Design Republic: “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler, actor


Design Repubic website: http://www.designrepublic.us.com/

Institute for Corporate Productivity and the Aspen Institute Report: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gradsoflife/2016/04/04/forget-best-practice-hiring-companies-should-focus-on-next-practice-hiring/?strref=http:%2F%2Fwww.forbes.com#526da740238b

Meghan Brio’s Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2013/08/25/5­steps­to-unleash­the­power­of­your­people/#550119b6221b

Robin Chase’s Huff Post article and book page: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin­chase/the-rediscovery­and­valui_b_9045660.html


Amy Poehler Quote: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/collaboration.html