One of the greatest threats we face together is the distribution of intelligence. We must find how enough people can have enough capacity for logic. A relevant metric could be the ratio between time spent seeking to understand versus seeking to be understood.
Pain is shareable. Shared pain distributes the impact and avoids catastrophes arising from localized pain. The act of sharing creates an atmosphere of cooperation, which builds camaraderie. To ask for help is not a selfish act, it’s an essential part of teamwork.
To do your best work you’ll need to communicate with a diverse group of people. People want to understand you, so speak to be understood. The simpler your language the more accessible your words and thus ideas will be.
People have their own internal motivations. Don’t assume what motivates one person motivates another. With every new person suspend judgment and listen for intent. What drives them? Also remember intent can change over time. With this knowledge you’ll be better informed in how to move forward in your relationship.
As mentioned before, there are a lot of people in this world. In pursuit of your best work you’ll have to choose who you spend your time with. Your limited time should be spent with those who share your principles and vision.
Use a system to keep everyone in sync. The demands of the team will determine what that system looks like. The variables will include frequency, mode, and content. Default to a 15 minute daily stand-up covering everyone’s progress and any blockers.
Establishing a temporary basis of operations is a skill. The ability to take a hostile or foreign environment and bring a little of the familiar positions you to succeed. It gives you the flexibility to go into unknown environments and maintain operational capability.