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This helps you understand the default thinking of those who find themselves in speaking culture workplaces — that is workplaces where information predominantly flows through the organisation via the spoken word.
These cultures tend to find themselves in offices and working synchronously. (Speaking cultures are also characterised by days filled with meetings and constant interruptions.)
If a team has a speaking culture and they now want to adopt flexible or remote working, they run into all sorts of pain points because “synchronous remote” doesn’t really work (they try this, as has been experienced through the pandemic leading to what we now know as “Zoom fatigue.”)
The most successful fully remote, location independent organisations are writing cultures by default. They create document trails, in what Matt Mullenweg in a recent interview called decision journals, written records of every decision the company has ever made dating back to its inception. This can be accessed asynchronously by any team member regardless of where they are in world.
This is a highly efficient distraction-less way of working.
Here is the thing, those in-person synchronous speaking cultures that now want to become effective at working for anywhere, MUST evolve into asynchronous “writing cultures.”
It’s the only way to effectively remove distance, span time zones and give people control of their workdays.
(We cover this topic in detail in our trainings. Do reach out if you want to learn more about those.)