OWA is a research-driven consultancy. 

Our partners and consultants are thought leaders in the domains of corporate culture, workplace design and coworking, and organizational design and team effectiveness.

OWA founding partner Drew Jones will publish his fourth book in Spring 2023- Five Questions: How to design a more engaged and adaptive culture. The book provides a simple framework that helps organizations understand and transform their cultures and spaces anthropologically- from the employees’ point of view. The premise of the book: If you treat your employees like humans, you can unlock their full energy and potential and create a more innovative organization.

Rather than asking employees to change their behavior...

Rather than asking employees to change their behavior to accommodate the latest change program (that has a 70% chance of failure), we follow a user-centered approach that enlists employee feedback and perspectives on how work can be (re)designed to achieve corporate objectives.

Five Questions Framework

Why are we doing this work? What is the Purpose of the organization?

What exactly are teams working on? Are employees engaged in innovation that leads to Growth or are they only engaged in repetition and scale?

How are teams and individuals accomplishing goals? Are teams self-organizing and committed to high levels of Accountability or are they micromanaged?

Who is steering the ship? Does leadership cascade Trust and a growth mindset in the organization?

Where are people getting their work done? Does the company workplace and workplace strategy facilitate Flexibility, collaboration, and community.

The Five Questions Framework is flexible and adaptable and can be used to address a wide variety of organizational challenges:

  • Transitioning to hybrid working
  • Enhancing employee engagement & retention
  • Increasing innovation and innovation capabilities
  • Integrating new leadership
  • Navigating M&A’s
  • Transforming workspace design & experience
  • Developing a better workplace strategy
  • Improving effectiveness of meetings
  • Improving team alignment
  • Sharpening leadership and management communication

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