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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting #22

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Good morning, everybody! Ready for another great Monday Monday Morning Meeting?

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Filament founder Matt Homann will be speaking at Creativity Beta in Oklahoma City on November 13th.  If there's video after the event, we'll post it as soon as we can.

I thought this description (from the book Notes on Directing) pretty much summed up the role of a facilitator:

You are the obstetrician. You are not the parent of this child we call the play. You are present at its birth for clinical reasons, like a doctor or a midwife. Your job most of the time is simply to do no harm. When something does go wrong, however, your awareness that something is awry -- and your clinical intervention to correct it -- can determine whether the child will thrive or suffer, live or die.

Here's every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  from 1929 to Present!

Here are some good ways to say "No" better.

You're not the only one feeling tension between creativity and productivity:

The corollary of this is that it gets much, much harder to winnow out activities over time. Anything I remove from the Jenga stack of my day disturbs the whole tower.

And that means that undertaking new things, speculative things that have no proven value to any of the domains where I work (let alone all of them) has gotten progressively harder, even as I’ve grown more productive. Optimization is a form of calcification.

How do you save a wet book? Put it in the freezer (and other tips).

Some advice from PwC about robots and AI that applies to nearly everything:

  • Act now – “This isn’t about some ‘far future’ of work.”
  • No regrets and bets – “Make ‘no regrets’ moves that work with most scenarios – but you’ll need to make some ‘bets’ too.”
  • Make a bigger leap – “You might need a more radical change than just a small step away from where you are today.”
  • People, not jobs – “ Protect people, not jobs. Nurture agility, adaptability, and re-skilling.”
  • Build a clear narrative – “How your employees feel affects the business today – so start a mature conversation about the future.”

That's all for now. See you next week!