Communication is all about transferring ideas from one person's mind to another. The purpose is to create a shared understanding of the action items and vision needed to bring an idea to life.
Email, chat tools, shared documents, and project management software make it easier than ever to collaborate with team members across the world. However, the problem with how teams communicate is that rarely any support is given for the exchange of deep thought.
Our fast-paced society has developed an “I need it now” culture. Teams have become accustomed to having their workflows bombarded with distracting systems of communication. This issue equates to teams putting in longer hours and suffering from burn out.
If the purpose of team communication is to share important ideas, expand upon them and work together to bring them to life, we believe the most effective form of communication is not going to be best demonstrated in a synchronous format. When collaborating on serious issues and working through creative conceptualization, these solutions are not conducive for ideas undergoing continuous iteration.
Effective communicators are good listeners who share thoughts in a way others can easily understand. The beauty of written communication is that it forces us to reflect on the information we exchange and choose our words carefully. Combine that with an asynchronous communication system, and what you get is a group of more inspired people sharing their best thoughts and ideas. Before you know it, new, bigger and better ideas emerge.
We strive to make the best use of the time we have.
We believe fewer context shifts throughout the day help us stay focused on our work.
We feel work communication should be calm and thoughtful.
This is why Compose exists.
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Our vision of team communication
Use time wisely
Communicating about work should not overtake your team's mental energy and attention. Always being available online is not necessary, that is, unless you think it's productive to be in meetings all day long.
By creating an asynchronous work culture, you can greatly reduce mental clutter that detours your energy away from what you do best, the actual work you provide for your team.
Expecting immediate responses has made us lazy communicators. Promptly responding to someone means you are more likely to deliver knee-jerk responses that don't convey the richness of what you mean. Your recipient then becomes more expectant of your timely response in the future. Suddenly, you find yourself trapped in a poor communication flow filled with stress and anxiety.
Don't let the tool be where you work, let the tool allow you to work.
Focus on deep work
The power of "deep work" (coined by Cal Newport, author of the book, Deep Work) is a game-changer for the workplace. Deep work requires undisrupted blocks of your dedicated time to accomplish a task.
Unfortunately, our modern-day work ethic is full of workplace solutions and software that contradict this. Whether it's distracting open office plans, endless meetings or instant message notifications, you are guaranteed to be less productive when everything is thrown at you without warning.
By reducing context shifts, obtrusive notifications, and other distractions throughout the day, you'll find yourself with more time, peace and willingness to get more meaningful work done.
Collaborate calmly and thoughtfully
If you have an idea, question, proposition or response to another idea, write it up for others to review at their convenience. This allows others to stay on course and prompts discussions that lead to meaningful results.
Sharing formal messages reduces the need to re-communicate.
Not every message needs to be long-form, of course. Like conversations, sometimes a simple question or opinion can spark a long-form response. Communicating in this way gives you the canvas to share what you want, when you want, without all the distractions.
If your team's solution for communication isn't working to enhance productivity, time is being wasted and it's the one resource you never get back once gone. Without a solid system of communication, you'll spend more time trying to communicate without making progress.
Do the constant interruptions, direct messages, and notifications of the present-day norm do more harm than good to your attention? Would you rather put that energy back into actually producing excellent work with your team? Is long-form writing a pattern your team can adopt to communicate more calmly and clearly? If yes, perhaps Compose is for you.
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