• Brand Strategy
  • Curious

How can we make our values valuable?

08.03.2024

  • Brand Strategy
  • Curious

Our values create an environment for us to push boundaries, create remarkable work, and build a better world. Read on as MD, Nikki Fraser, outlines why and how we codified our culture here at Curious.

At the end of 2022 we reached a pivotal point. We were delivering fantastic work, delighting our clients and seeing our way out of what was, of course, a very challenging couple of years.

But if we’re really honest, we also had some inconsistencies in our approach that created a strain on how we worked together as a team. So we took a breath. And started to try and ask the same questions of ourselves that we did for our clients:

“What makes us important?”

“How are we any better than the other agencies out there?”

“Why do we show up to work every day?”

These questions were naturally quite tricky to answer by ourselves (it’s the position the majority of our clients find themselves in when they come through our door). What is it we truly value as a team? What is it we need to hold ourselves accountable to? We were determined to put our finger on the answer, and avoid the classic pitfalls we see all too often – words on a page that may or may not be added to a website (we’re holding ourselves accountable for this not to be the case here!)

For the first time it felt glaringly obvious that we needed our own set of company values. Statements that everyone, regardless of who you are on the team, can be held up to. A reminder of how we arrive at our best work and enjoy it as well!

We agreed that our values (funnily enough) had to meet the same requirements as the ones we work on with our clients…

Realistic – We won’t all be good at them right away and some will come more naturally than others but everyone should be capable of achieving them.

Restrictive – At times they should feel difficult and constrictive, even stop us from doing things altogether. If they don’t, what purpose are they really serving?

A choice – If they’re realistic it means we have a choice in every situation whether or not to use them. Frankly, choosing not to just isn’t acceptable.

Here we go…

Be curious

This value is about creativity.
Ideas are the very core of what we do here, and we believe they can be found everywhere, by everyone. We always aim to surprise and delight and we hold ourselves up to that standard. It means we always need to be prepared to question and push ourselves to find the right answer, not just the first one.

Make it happen

This value is about getting stuff done. We’re quick to understand problems and identify opportunities, and we’re proactive in solving things. If we get stuck we ask for help, respecting the promises we make to each other. It means we always deliver what’s needed, and we take pride in doing so.

Solve it together

This value is about communication.  Sharing different views, perspectives, ways of doing things make us better. We believe we can always learn from each other, giving clear and honest feedback in a supportive environment. This means we need to create an environment that welcomes open and honest feedback, as this gets the best results.

Fire in your belly

This value is about ambition. When you join Curious, you understand we’re here to do something. Everyone has a role to play in the success we create for ourselves. It means we truly believe in creating the very best work, and that’s what gets us out of bed every day.

Now the real work has to begin in terms of how we can live up to these pretty big statements. We won’t always get it right – and that’s ok. Because we genuinely believe that these four values will keep guiding us forwards, allowing us to tackle the hard days and enjoy the good days – always pushing to be better than the day before.

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    Curious Conversations: Branding & Sustainability

    04.01.2024

    • Curious

    Hello! Join us for the first in a series of interesting conversations designed to get us thinking, acting, and questioning more.

    Here our MD, Nikki Fraser, and Phil Hardwick, CEO of environmental markets company, HCBL, ask whether we are doing enough to put sustainability at the heart of business. It’s time to talk.

    View the HCBL case study here

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      Curious appoints Nikki Cunningham as new Managing Director

      27.01.2021

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      Curious is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Managing Director, Nikki Cunningham

      Nikki joined Curious as our Strategy Director in 2018, taking the lead on new clients for the business, developing outstanding strategies and overseeing our marketing function.  

      Founder and Executive Creative Director, Peter Rae says, ‘Nikki brings a passion and commitment to doing the best work possible for every client, and this has been reflected in her growing success professionally. She has a natural curiosity that opens up new thinking and creativity for our clients. I am thrilled we are able to promote internally and that we are championing talent that truly reflects who we are as an agency.’ 

       

      A new chapter 

      Nikki’s promotion signals the start of a new momentum for Curious. Nikki and Peter will be working together to ensure that Curious is in the best possible position to deliver on our exciting plans: to grow into new sectors, expand our creative and digital offerings, and enter new territories.  

      Peter commented, ‘this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Curious and I’m confident Nikki is best placed to guide the agency forwards to reach new heights.’   

      Her new role will see Nikki take the lead in developing Curious’ people, investing in learning and development and helping us be the best version of ourselves. She will also be driving wider initiatives to support the ongoing growth of the business.   

      Nikki is excited about the challenge her new role will bring. She says, ‘since joining Curious, I’ve been so impressed with the agency’s ambition and creativity. I’m happy to be stepping up to a role that will allow me to play an important part in shaping the agency’s future – I can’t wait to see what we can achieve’.  

      We’re really excited to get going too! 

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