This is the first article in the Sametab blog. Every article you will read in this blog will be about descriptions and prescriptions devoted to helping others and ourself develop a better understanding of the future of work. 1
On how to read this blog
One of the things I love that not so many books have is a “How to read this book” preface. Having a simple guide on how to read your content is such a powerful underrated instrument to let your reader settles on a framework he can use when going through your content.
So, I decided to make it clear from the start a few pillars you should consider prior to reading any of our articles.
Most of our articles will tackle topics such as remote working, the impact of communication on your workplace, asynchronous communication, hiring, team management techniques and help you master the best of what other companies have already figured out. From times to times our blog will be used to write about product updates, releases, our product and company vision. We’ll categorize each post under specific categories so that you know in advance what everything will be about. Some of our essays will be short and concise, others will be longer and more comprehensive guides.
Most of our articles will be public and you can access them at any time from this website. Others will be sent to our Email Subscribers only. You can decide to opt-out at any time. As part of our readership, you will be asked thoughts and feedback on how to improve our content just like we do on our product.
Each essay will also come with an audible version. If you’re more a listening type of person, you’ll be able to listen to our updates here by signing up to this podcast.
Our essays will never exceed 15 min of reading time. This will make them suitable as a morning or night reads. Since every article comes also as an audio version you’ll be able to listen to while you are on the subway or driving in your car.
On writing principles
As we’ll be writing about a wide variety of topics including asynchronous comms, remote working, and tools we’ll always try to look at this at things from a different angle, a new perspective. Even if that means going against conventional wisdom.
Best known as one of America’s most astonishing contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement. In 1995—at the University of Chicago, he said to students:
Still, being a journalist influenced me as a novelist. I mean, a lot of critics think I’m stupid because my sentences are so simple and my method is so direct: they think these are defects. No. The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.
In today’s world where we are all fighting for people’s time, the ability to say in simple words all you have to say is vital. When writing a new post, most of our efforts go into stripping every sentence to its cleanest components. We avoid difficult words. We prefer short words over long words. Same rules apply for sentences. We always start writing on Hemingway Editor. It helps you simplify your prose.
We don’t like stock images. They are shallow and, most of the times they are used in wrong contexts. We don’t like illustrations used as placeholders. It doesn’t matter how nice they are if they don’t convey any valuable information. We like simple, effective and self-explanatory charts. Each chart always starts first on paper. Then it becomes digital. We use Linea to design images and charts.
Schemas are to essays, as foundations are to houses. A solid schema allows you to build up your sentences in a logical order. Like building blocks, where each block follows another building block. This allows you to remove the clutter and avoid confusion in your readers’ mind. We use the Iceberg technique and this is a common schema we’ll be using in many of our essays:
- Define a clear thesis — don’t keep your readers waiting
- Support your thesis with arguments
- Declare and reject the antithesis
A brief introduction in case you don’t know us. I’m Leonardo, co-founder with Antonio of Sametab. We founded and sold companies before starting together Sametab. I’ll be the one writing on this blog most of the times. We won’t accept guest posts but sometimes we might be posting interviews with industry leaders.
Sametab Blog is a strong attempt to provide insights and analysis on the future of work. Whether that’s about people, processes, frameworks, mental models or just tools. If you’re a founder, a manager of a remote or you’re just curious about the future of work, you’ll find lots of value on what we’ll be writing about here in the future weeks.
We look forward to making it worth your attention.
I know this might sound a bit generic, but you’ll see in the rest of this article what this will be about exactly ↩