September 17: A User Manual for You

Highlights from Zach Coelius’s “User Manual” on how to best collaborate with team members.

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Source: Zach Coelius
Published: September 2021

A User Manual for You

It can take time to learn how to best collaborate with team members. One approach is to write a 1-pager that describes how you work. Here are highlights from Zach Coelius’s “User Manual”:

  • I live in email and treat it like an instant message. Please don’t be offended by brevity and terse emails.

  • Email is also my to-do list. If we talk about something and you want me to do it please send me a reminder.

  • If you don’t hear back from me within a few days, feel free to bump the thread.

  • I quite dislike setting up a call or meeting to “chat” without an agenda.

  • If I am a jerk, do something dumb, please please please let me know. I often have no clue. Your feedback is priceless, and I love it.

Is it worthwhile for you to put together a “User Manual” to share with colleagues? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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