Jason Fried of 37Signals thinks that in-person meetings are overrated—not because they aren’t productive, but almost because they can be too productive. In Inc:
…you’re only going to frustrate yourself and everyone else if you summon the brain trust too frequently for those “a-ha!” moments. Because doing so means either giving up on the last great idea (the one that still requires follow-up) or it means further stuffing the backlog of great ideas. And a stuffed backlog fast becomes a stale backlog.
Fried alludes to a mindset that many successful companies and creatives use: there’s a time for coming up with ideas, and then there is a time for executing them. If you spend the majority of your time talking, you’ll have lots of ideas with no time or plan to execute. Working remotely, says Fried, provides just the right amount of friction so team members can focus on the execution part.
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Sean Blanda is the managing editor of 99u.com.