Upgrading Our Newsletter: Share Your Ideas
We sent out our first newsletter nearly 5 years ago—around the end of 2015. We had just quit our corporate jobs to embark on this crazy adventure called Corporate Rebels. A lot has happened since then! But one thing that hasn’t changed: our newsletter. And it's about bloody time to do so....
Time for change
For nearly 5 years we've sent out the Corporate Rebels newsletter. It helped us to grow our audience from close friends to a global community. Our audience of rebels has now spread to 100+ countries.
The newsletter, however, is not really a newsletter. It's little more than a notification of our most recently published blog post. It includes a title, an image, a paragraph or two, and a link to the article. Effective, but not very creative.
Click here for an example of what that newsletter looks like.
While it has worked well over the years, it's time for change.
We often get comments from people eagerly awaiting the arrival of our emails to notify them of new posts. For you, there's no need to worry. We're not ditching the current newsletter. You'll still receive two of those emails a week.
But as well as the current format, we are adding a weekly newsletter, filled with... Well, that's up to you actually.
- Must-read articles from other publications
- Community updates
- News and updates on pioneering organizations
But we're more interested in hearing what you want. So, please think deeply about what you want from our newsletter. Drop your suggestions in the comments below.
We're upgrading our newsletter. Share your ideas!
Oh, and if you're not yet subscribed to the newsletter, you can fix that here:
We plan to go live with the updated newsletter in September. In the meantime, please tell us your ideas.
Perhaps it would be nice to get some more information/inspiration about how selfmanaging larger organizations manage typical 'corporate' processes, such as budgeting, performance, succession management,... I currently work with an organization of 1500 people who are transforming to a circle organization. They can't just replace certain processes, they need good alternatives, or adapt these processes. Thank you
I think it would be nice to have a small interviews where two people/companies from this community (not the bucketlist ones) share their thoughts on specific topics, or how they want to (or already have) become corporate rebels themselves.
It should not always need to go about the big changes, but also the small ones can have impact!
Appreciate the opportunity to submit a "wish list".
I would love examples of existing companies or organizations that reorganize themselves (or try to at least) from the inside out, without it being "imposed" top-down.
And how this then translates in changes to processes (as also mentioned by Henk), if that is even possible (one of my current struggles, so apologies for the selfish request).
Also, perhaps it is possible to indicate in the subject of the mail whether something is a long read or not? Just so I can plan my time a bit :)
Thank you - looking forward to the revamp!
Hello Pim, hello to all the Rebels
we share the passion to change the status quo for the better and a possible evolution of the newsletter could be to insert, for example once a month, the review of a book that you found interesting.
We in PRIMATE (https://primate.consulting/en/) do it already, because we like to share the interesting readings and sources of inspiration that we find, in our constant path of study and innovation
- recommended tools and routines used to transform robust and traditional organization to be more fun/ employee friendly environment
- "how-to" section with specific descriptions of how some core processes are transformed (similar to what Linda, Henk mentioned above)
- top reading sources of all time (permanent section upgraded over time)
- top reading sources of the week (changes every week)
- interviews with key people from the bucket list organizations
- always good to see examples of transformed structures in large organizations
- maybe would be good to follow up with some major transformations companies did a while ago and then to hear their learnings and results in present time...
Sorry for a longer list, but you inspired me, so I visualized the newsletter :)
Good luck and looking forward to September issue!
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