Fuse | Coworking, Tri-Cities, WA

Fuse Values

Our goal is to encourage and enrich one another. While working together, ideas and methods will sometimes clash. We view these differences as natural and a source of creative exchange. If you need help finding a common understanding, we will endeavor to listen and communicate with wisdom and kindness. By using our body and speech to support the values we deeply believe in – generosity, kindness, ethical conduct, creativity, and compassion – we will create great community.

We value integrity, respect, and accountability.

  • Seek to be a better person today than yesterday.
  • Treat fellow members and guests as you would treat a respected colleague.
  • If you have an issue or a frustration with a peer, be direct and candid about it instead of complaining to others about it.
  • When you are aware of conflicts between members, encourage people to work through them directly.

We value encouragement, positivity, and individual achievement.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Encourage and support other members.
  • Celebrate the achievements of your peers, and share your achievements with others.
  • Critiquing each other is important; however remember that constructive criticism should be positive in tone with a focus on a clear, achievable objective. Be cheerful in your intent. (See Effective Communications for suggestions)

We value a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Help other people know you’re grateful to have them here—especially people who are new to the community.
  • Kindly point out behavior and communication that does not support our values, without shaming others (See the effective communication section for suggestions on how to do this)
  • Commit to overcoming your own cognitive biases (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.)

We value a safe and low-stress environment.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Recognize when you are stressed; be proactive in seeking help and attending to your needs.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Respect yourself and your peers.
  • Be respectful of limited resources; be certain to make sure others get to share in the things that make Fuse great.

We value community engagement.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Be a leader.
  • Encourage discussion.
  • Involve people in the community.
  • Be welcoming to new members.
  • Take on the role of a mentor.
  • Thank contributors.
  • Challenge members to step into new roles.

We value a collaborative and productive environment.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Communicate your needs. (We can’t help protect your focus or find you people to collaborate with if you don’t share your needs.)
  • Respect people’s time and any requests not to interrupt them.
  • Respect the confidentiality of other members, and their intellectual property.

We value a fun environment.

In order to live up to our values, here’s what we ask of you:

  • Give up on the idea that professionalism requires you to be serious all of the time.
  • Commit to being fun – it will change your life.
  • Respond to fun when it happens.

Effective Communication

Communicating effectively often helps us get along and avoid who’s right and who’s wrong cycles. Here is an outline of how to communicate effectively to avoid disagreements and arguing:

Know what you are talking about. Before telling someone you don’t like what they are doing, be sure you know the difference between what they are doing and what you think about what they are doing. If you can describe what they are doing objectively to yourself – i.e. without evaluative adjectives – and compare that to what you think about what they are doing – the evaluative adjectives, you are a good way down the effective communications road.

Establish rapport. Keeping your evaluative adjectives to yourself, you can say to the person what you observed. Then you can guess what they are feeling and valuing. Most people are so grateful that another person is interested in their feelings and values, they will say either “yes” or “no, actually it was…” in a friendly way.

Make a connecting request to be authentic. If you feel that you have a friendly rapport, you can ask the person if they would like to hear how you are. It’s not always effective to say that you are responding to what they did. Sometimes it’s best to ask for their support in meeting the value or need that you have.

Say what you feel and value at the moment. Your feelings and values are your responsibility; the other person didn’t “cause” your feelings and values. So, this is disclosure of your authentic self, not a guilt trip. Your feelings and values in the past and future are memory and speculation and can’t be responded to by you or the other person in the present.

Make a request to yourself or the person. A request is positive, actionable, definite and doable in the present. “Positive” means telling them what you want not telling them what you don’t want, “actionable” means behavior not thoughts or feelings, “definite” mean a specific action, and “doable” is an action the person can do, “in the present” means now. A request is different from a demand only in that, if the other person declines, there is no retribution or threat of retribution.