Nearly six months ago, Filament was privileged to work with more than twenty curriculum leaders from the St. Louis Public Schools. Assistant Superintendant David Hardy recently shared this with us about the continued impact of their Filament Meeting:
While in the middle of creating a culture change, it is often difficult as a leader to get up on the balcony and see what is going on. There is always urgent business, a list of untenable task, and a sustained pull on your time. Filament does everything to protect you from this natural tendency to maintain the "status quo".
When I was introduced to Filament, I was blown away by the intentionality on creative approaches to a meeting, using time, and allocating the right energy to conversations that often get swept to the side in day-to-day business. For an organization to invest such care, willingness to partner, and flat out commitment to innovative approaches to common organizational problems was simply amazing.
As a result, we have seen an uptick in the way we approach meetings and better yet, the ways we do not approach meetings. Too often I would hold meetings because that was “what we are supposed to do.” Now, I either shorten meetings if we have met our objectives or completely eliminate them if they were not going to be useful to us and our mission at the time.
Filament has reinvigorated the way I think, approach, and facilitate conversations and more importantly made me a better leader of outcomes rather than just producing outputs.
Filament is on to something spectacular! This innovative approach to something that has been done the same way for so many years in all walks of life is exciting to be a part of, and I am glad our organization had a chance to experience it.