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Monday Morning Meeting #21

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Welcome back to another Monday Morning Meeting from Filament.  Here are the things we found last week that we wanted to share.  We hope you enjoy!

Love the way Dan Roam calls drawing our oldest technology:

Thirty-two thousand years ago, your many-times-great-grandparents Oog and Aag drew pictures on the wall of a cave. They drew bison, a herd of horses, and many beautiful bulls. These drawings predate weapons, pots, jewelry, and most clothes.

Your ancient ancestors had things to tell each other, and the technology they used to record it was drawing. That desire to share was so compelling that Oog and Aag’s children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren kept going back to that same cave and drew the same pictures — for the next eight hundred years.

Adult drawing is “curious”? I don’t think so. The only thing curious is why people in business don’t draw more.

Austin Kleon shares a great tool for overcoming a large challenge -- one day at a time.


This is really sage insight about seeking advice:

“I think most of us would be well-served by ignoring the advice of the super-winners, and instead seeking out & learning from those who are (at most) 1-3 “steps” ahead of us on the journey.” – Chris Hawkins

We've been thinking more about using the metaphor of "maps" during our sessions at Filament. Seth nails why:

Sometimes, when we're lost, we refuse a map, even when offered. Because the map reminds us that we made a mistake. That we were wrong. But without a map, we're not just wrong, we're also still lost.

A map doesn't automatically get you home, but it will probably make you less lost.

Use Adam Grant’s simple matrix to congratulate luck but praise process -- even when failure results:

Instead of rewarding good results based on bad processes, we need to start rewarding bad results based on good processes ... because praising luck “breeds overconfidence in poor strategies,” and criticizing smart experiments “discourages reasonable risks.”

When managers (or parents or coaches) apply praise and criticism correctly, they can coax the desired outcome for a specific task. But they also can set the stage for future successes. After all, to be productive, people need to escape the paralyzing self-doubt that can stem from fears of what might happen if they fail, even if the effort was there. And when people who luck into success realize they need something more sustainable to stay there, they tend to get wondrously creative.

Finally, if you're wondering:  Filament is a small local business, too. (via)


Have a great week!  See you next Monday.