Make Your Communication Concrete

In the previous One Minute Tip we covered one of the three key skills of remote work, namely to communicate well in short chunks of writing. We ended that tip with the statement that good communication is CCM: concrete, concise and meaningful. Now we will make that tip more concrete. My favorite ways to make communication more concrete are: 1) Show, don’t tell (covered in … Continue reading Make Your Communication Concrete

Communicate Well in Short Chunks of Writing

One of the key skills of remote work is to communicate well (in short chunks (of writing)). Let me explain: Communicate well What counts as communicating well depends on the purpose: if it’s information — is it easy to understand and relevant to what the audience cares about?if the purpose is influence — does it move people to action?if it’s … Continue reading Communicate Well in Short Chunks of Writing

Use Trello as a structured whiteboard for distributed brainstorming and online workshops

Some people use Trello as a Kanban board (i.e. a task management or workflow app) and that’s a great use for it. A different way is to think about Trello as a structured whiteboard that you can use for online workshops or even distributed, asynchronous sense-making and problem solving. Unlike a dedicated task management tool like JIRA, Trello is much more … Continue reading Use Trello as a structured whiteboard for distributed brainstorming and online workshops

Heroic Adventurers vs. Brutish Invaders

Check Your Story Have you ever found yourself on one side of a situation like this? Ancient philosophers knew it and modern ones developed the idea: We do NOT have direct access to reality: We perceive an extremely small part of it using our limited and unreliable senses. Then we interpret the meaning based on our cultural context, past experience, the vocabulary we wield and even our … Continue reading Heroic Adventurers vs. Brutish Invaders

Enable Knowledge to Grow Over Time with AsyncABC

The more useful stuff you have in a well-organized, densely interconnected team information system, the richer your interactions can become. A great TIM can be like a beautiful garden where things can stack up, grow and interweave in ways that would be impossible without the right environment. (photo by Cherry Laithang via Unsplash) Ok, Michał. Colorful metaphors are … Continue reading Enable Knowledge to Grow Over Time with AsyncABC