Announcing our 120-day free trial for remote teams

I’m thrilled to announce that Minsilo is now free for the first 120 days for remote teams. You can sign up here for free and give it a try yourself. You don’t even need to enter a credit card.

We think alignment is more critical than ever before as teams shift toward a new reality of work. Minsilo helps team leaders provide the context for their team to do great work. It’s not merely about teams being productive. It’s about those teams creating value and having an impact.

Managers that replace just one hour-long weekly alignment meeting with Minsilo could see a 10-20x return on investment in one year.* 

Why now

The past two months have been unprecedented. The future of work is here, and it’s already changed the way we work. Three forces are driving this revolution in the way teams work:

  1. Any team that can work remotely is now working from home.
  2. The near-and-medium-term economic impact of COVID-19 is still unclear, but the recovery is likely going to take a while. Companies need to be cautious and prepared to weather the storm.
  3. Like during the 2008 recession, a large number of companies will experience a double-digit decline or go out of business entirely, including many of the Fortune 1000.

Teams that once sat together in the same office are now working from the safety of their own homes. Managers are rethinking how they lead their teams from afar. Even companies that were rapidly growing are now concerned about staying afloat.

The shift to remote

Companies have become more welcoming to remote work over the past two decades. In 2016, Gallup found that 43% of employees worked at least some of the time remotely. Linkedin found that “82% of working professionals would like to work from home one day a week or more.” 

Despite the increasing popularity of remote work, many teams have yet to rethink how they collaborate. While many groups have adopted tools like Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, they’ve yet to implement new ways of working that allow them to work more effectively.

Too many meetings (#zoomfatigue)

For many teams, going remote means more time spent in meetings. 

Not all meetings are bad. Meetings can be highly effective when they are small and involve creativity or problem-solving. However, many are simply about relaying information and improving alignment, such as:

  • Status update meetings
  • Context creation meetings
  • Check-in meetings

As a rule of thumb, low engagement meetings should be replaced with an asynchronous format (like posting a Loom video in Minsilo). These are meetings that don’t involve solving a problem or have only one-to-two active participants.

Using the right tool for the job

As Matt Mullenweg described in his interview on Sam Harris’ podcast, companies fit into one of five levels of remote work. According to this scale, all newly remote teams that are at Level Two or above: they are remote, but full of interruptions.

The most successful remote companies — Levels Three to Five — have moved beyond emulating in-person communication habits to leveraging modern work tools. They spend less time in meetings and can even work asynchronously. 

Keeping these highly agile organizations aligned requires managers to create context for their teams and be transparent around goals, initiatives, and strategy. Managers that do this particularly well benefit from teams that create value for customers and deliver results for the business. These companies rely on effective decision making across the organization, not just at the top. They are more competitive in the marketplace and are more profitable.

Doing more with less

Given the uncertainty of the economy, companies must get more done with fewer resources. Managers need to get the most out of the people and resources they already have. Alignment management provides the tools required for leaders to create focus, share context, and deliver tangible results.

As the premier alignment management software platform, Minsilo empowers managers to:

  • Share context around strategic priorities, decisions, and plans with their team.
  • Connect individual contributions to their company’s purpose, including its mission, vision, and values.
  • Measure alignment between activities carried out by their people and the company’s objectives.
  • Stay in the loop with their team’s progress towards goals, including real-time updates on successes and roadblocks.
  • Eliminate confusion around who’s accountable and create a strong sense of ownership.

Our goal is to create better managers by providing the tools they need to create highly effective teams that deliver results. We built Minsilo with managers at all levels of experience in mind, whether they recently moved from individual contributor to manager or have been managing people for 20 years.

You can try Minsilo free for 120 days with no commitment. You don’t even need to enter a credit card.

* Figure based on an average total compensation rate of $35 – $50 per hour, per person; assumes an annual subscription to Minsilo at $7 per person.

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Ryan Leaf

Ryan is the founder of Minsilo. He is passionate about autonomous teams, the future of work, and organizational alignment. Previously, Ryan was a software architect at Cobu. You can follow Ryan on Twitter at @RyanLeafPM.