The Deep Work Divide: Restoring the balance between collaboration and deep work

The Deep Work Divide: Restoring the balance between collaboration and deep work

Deep Work™ is real. It's effective. It's immensely valuable for knowledge work. And yet, it's rare.

Organizations write software in two modes, the focussed mode centered around individual technical skill, and the collaboration mode centered around the communication within the team.

By nature, these two styles are at odds with each other and preferring one means downplaying the other. We know that stellar quality work can come out of an intensely focused mode of working. But we also know that equally stellar quality of work comes from highly aligned teams that work together like a well-oiled engine.

How then should we find a balance between the two? What can leaders and managers do to encourage both? How do we keep the changes small but fundamental?

Modern work cultures and environments are tailored for collaborative work and do not give enough thought to deep work. We will look at how making small changes to the work-day schedule, and the work environment can bridge the gap and support knowledge workers to do the best work of their life.

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Swanand Pagnis

March 19, 2019
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