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When collaboration becomes a chore

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Gustavs Cirulis
Intercom
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Collaboration is easy when companies are small - all decisions can be made quickly. As companies scale this mindset will slow companies down.

Maintaining Creativity while Being Nimble

  • Learn to let go and trust your colleagues are competent and will do an excellent job
  • To keep company alignment set clear and actionable team values
  • Be clear and deliberate about who is involved for which decisions
  • Choose the right medium for collaboration. Meetings are expensive and often times not necessary. Use emails or posts to a project management tool to collect feedback.
  • Make a decision and move on. Don't include others to sway the decision or delay the inevitable. Disagree but commit to the decision.
  • Decide what is worth collaborating on and what is not
  • Protect your time and respect others' time
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