One of the most critical skills in the digital work world is collaboration. However, in our collective #COVID moment where so much of our daily lives has gone digital, it’s easy for a degree of cynicism about collaboration to creep in. Inevitably, we connect collaboration with virtual meetings over platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. While such virtual meetings are a necessary part of digital work, there is another collaboration tool we often over look – asynchronous (async) meetings.
#1 Async Definition: Async enables people in different locations to collaborate at different times
#2 The Anatomy of a Meeting: There are five common reasons meetings are typically scheduled, including activities where async is especially effective – idea generation and information exchange.
#3 Async Strategies: Tom recommends three practical ways teams can use async to add value to their collaboration. Three I think are especially powerful are setting participation expectations, leadership through facilitation and improving writing skills.
Does your team often use async collaboration? If so, which of Tom’s strategies do you think are most use?