5 Innovations Born Out of the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals that there is still so much that needs to improve, change, and evolve. Our health and financial systems are in much need of reshaping, and we as a society must rise up to these challenges. Innovation, creative design, and altruism have proven to be essential to face this crisis. As such,…

Pandemic Insights: Learning, Wellness, & Slowing Down

As with many major foundational changes in our lives, habit changes soon follow. Think of welcoming a newborn baby — sleeping in until 10:30 am is no longer an option, but rather a dream from the past. Or moving out to start college — no more relying on mom or dad to get your knickers cleaned. Even getting a…

Innovation Guiding Uncertain Times

… At the moment, it is difficult to find a single industry that is not experiencing immense disruptions to its business model due to the coronavirus outbreak. The travel, healthcare, and automotive industries are getting hit the worst, yet interrupted supply chains, non-existent customer demand, and necessary job cuts are occurring across the board. In these…

A Brand with Collaboration at its Heart

Ever heard of the gig economy? Call it freelancer, independent consultant or expert and no matter if you look at our design industry or the consultant industry, wherever professional services are needed there is a growing trend towards independent work. More and more people are taking the leap to become a one-man company and this…

8 Unconventional Exercises to Energize Your Team

Writer’s block, creative block, burn out — here are a few things we experience from time to time in the office. We try brainstorming, but all ideas are nothing but yawn-worthy. Tomorrow will be better, we tell ourselves, but this time our ideas literally put us to sleep and we wake up to a pool of…

What We’ve Learned from Adopting Holacracy

When we first started Serious Business one thing was as clear as day — there would never be conventional hierarchical structures in our business. Despite being 5 founders taking decisions together, it is essential that everyone has an equal voice. Looking back after 4 years we still stand behind our belief 100%, though we have…

A Different Way of Working: Uncovering a Holacracy

No job titles. No hierarchy. No managers. Can this be real? Yes, in fact, it even has a name: holacracy. Sounds dreamy, right? We promise it can work, as it’s actually what we use here at Serious Business! It may be difficult to wrap your head around due to the fact that the most common…

5 SERIOUS YEARS

Only a few steps away from Poccistraße station, there is a beautiful and old mint green building, and in its third floor the SERIOUS.BUSINESS offices/party locations lay. It’s a small office, with an open floor plan, colorful posters and an inflatable unicorn head; outside a big terrace with fairy lights, a space that remains warm…

A Serious Tool to Survive Any Crisis

The lifeboat — A tool to keep your company afloat in times of turmoil and uncertainty. Method: Lifeboat Time: 60–120 Minutes Roles: 1 Facilitator Participants: 2–10 Materials: Whiteboard or Flipchart, Markers, Post-It’s Description: The lifeboat is a metaphorical method to reflect on the full scale of a crisis situation and take decisive action. Imagine your boat just crashed. Unfortunately, this…

11 Positives of a Global Pandemic

Disclaimer: We are not dismissing the severity of COVID — 19 nor the severity of the effects it is having on people all over the globe. Small business owners, certain service job employees, the elderly, children who rely on their meals from school… the list goes on. And of course, those who are hospitalized and those who…