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Stop Informing, Start Collaborating - Lu's Newsletter - Issue #13

Stop Informing, Start Collaborating - Lu's Newsletter - Issue #13
By lucianohgo • Issue #13 • View online
Meetings are where I spend a lot of my time, they’re also one of the things that burn more cash and fatigue people in companies. Yet we repeat habits we know are destructive. This issue is dedicated to exploring ways we can make them better. As always, thanks a lot to everyone who shared the previous issues 🤗. If you’re feeling generous (and a little smarter) by the end of this, share it on Twitter and LinkedIn, and let’s help more people stop burning cash and, worse, time in meetings!

Stop Informing, Start Collaborating
Email → Slack → Notion → Code → Twitter → LinkedIn → Back to Google Meet/Zoom room Email → Slack → Notion → Code → Twitter → LinkedIn. That’s what people are doing while we’re presenting our well-thought-out and beautiful presentation on that new Framework, Project, or Update we have. These meetings were hard enough in person. Now that people can tune us out, we should think about them quite literally as burning the company’s cash.
It's way harder to catch someone's attention when we're competing with thousand different things they can do on their computer–Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash
It's way harder to catch someone's attention when we're competing with thousand different things they can do on their computer–Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash
Remote work is not going anywhere. Gartner Research has found that 82% of company leaders will allow people to work some of the time remotely. Yet, we’re still relying on some of the practices that do not work remotely. Meeting fatigue has increased with all the video calls we’re jam-packing in a single day. People are tired, unengaged, and angry at meetings even more than they were before. And they’re right.
You might get the urge right now to assign blame and finger-point. “If they cared about the message, they would be paying attention.” Or something like that might go through your head. I urge you not to. It’s upon us to lead the company to find what’s more effective and find ways to convey information and collaborate that work better remotely.
So what’s the fix? There’s still information we need to convey to multiple people. We still need alignment and commitment. I’ve found that some things help:
  1. Avoid informational meetings, focus on outcomes
  2. Enable discussion and collaboration
  3. Prepare
Read More:
Stop Informing, Start Collaborating
How to Use Collaborative Problem-Solving to Get to the Right Answers--Quickly |
Terrible, Horrible Informational Meetings, And Why You Should Stop Them
Preparing For A Productive Meeting | Episodes | The Modern Manager
John Cutler
How much does your product rely on Motivation, Habits, and Environment vs. Knowledge and Skills?

This will be a big factor in onboarding, education, product design, etc.

Some visual notes from @usablelearning's book Design to Learn ... mixed with some tips from @Dave_Ferguson
Shreyas Doshi
Tiny, but powerful vocabulary tweak:
In product discussions, use the word “instinct” more

“what do you think about XYZ?” → “what’s your instinct on XYZ?”

Encourages use of instinct
The word “instinct” makes us less attached to our ideas than “thoughts”, “opinion” etc
Martin (马丁) Hynie
Me: You tried to book me at lunch... my calendar shows that I am busy then.
PM: Oh, I looked and saw that it said "lunch" and thought that meant you were free.
Me: It is my lunch.
PM: So you are free.
Me: No. I am at lunch.
PM: Are you meeting someone?
Me: You're bad at this.
Thanks for reaching this far 🤗
If you have any feedbacks &/or ideas for the next issues please send it to me and I’ll make sure to read and act on it.
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Weekly, I write and explore topics on Building a Career in Tech, Leadership, and Creating awesome User Experiences. I'm a Senior Software Engineering Manager at QuintoAndar a (very) fast-growing Startup in Brazil. I was a partner in a Software House in the past, worked at AWS, and learned a lot from great leaders and peers along the way. I tap on that experience to decide topics, research them weekly and compile what I've learned so you can avoid making some of the mistakes that I did.

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