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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 #14

Welcome to another Monday Morning Meeting!  Let's get started.

We do a ton of facilitation here at Filament, so we love this definition from Martin Gilbraith:

The word facilitation is derived from the Latin ‘facile’ which, simply translated, means ‘to make easy’.  A facilitator is, therefore, someone who makes something easy for others. 

Camp looks like an amazing conference that always seems to conflict with something else on my calendar, so I've never gone. However, that won't stop me from loving their "How to Convince Your Boss" resource on their website. Super well done!

Some interesting thoughts on sloppiness:

Sloppiness is one of the enemies of efficiency. And to fix it, we need to understand it. Its source isn’t laziness. It’s misplaced idealism: the belief that the important things don’t connect with the details; the conviction that concern with little things means you cannot be looking at the big ones too. So, rather than try to terrify ourselves into paying greater attention to the apparently small stuff, the better fix is to get a more accurate vision of things

Why do we work in small groups so frequently here at Filament?  Once groups get larger than seven, they become dramatically less effective.

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