All in Creativity

Welcome to Filament's Monday Morning Meeting. Here are a few of the things we'd like to share to help you make this week a good one!

Just because we have more ways to communicate than ever doesn't mean we've gotten better at it:

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  – George Bernard Shaw (via Swiss Miss)

Solving problems forward isn't always as effective as solving them backward.

It is not enough to think about difficult problems one way. You need to think about them forwards and backward...  Let's take a look at some examples. Say you want to improve innovation in your organization. Thinking forward, you'd think about all of the things you could do to foster innovation. If you look at the problem by inversion, however, you'd think about all the things you could do that would discourage innovation. Ideally, you'd avoid those things. Sounds simple right? I bet your organization does some of those ‘stupid' things today.

Welcome to another Monday!  Here are the cool and interesting things we found this week.

Who doesn't love free stuff? has free stock images, videos, fonts and sounds.  Pretty cool!

In case you wondered why nobody is taking your well-meaning advice:  Why we dismiss negative feedback.

Looking for things to improve in your business?  Identify things people still do with spreadsheets and make them better.

Paul Dawson at Fluxx shares a great example of a constraints-driven exercise he calls "time boxing" to deliver a lesson on the power of constraints. After asking people to draw a cat in only 15 seconds -- he finds that their rushed drawings are all still pretty recognizable as a cat (my 15-second attempt is above).

He suggests that giving people a shorter amount of time doesn't make them draw something different, they just draw the same thing, only more elaborately:

Try time-boxing tasks (and particularly discussions) that seem hard, or decisions that take too long, and see what happens. You will almost certainly get as far as you need to in whatever time-box you allocate, and it will help you sift out what is important, and what is not.

Next time you're trying to get to the essence of something with your team, make sure you ask yourself if you really need more discussion time to make it perfect, or if you'll get the same insights from your minimally viable cat in a fraction of the time.