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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 #27

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Welcome to another Monday Morning Meeting!  It has been a few Mondays since our last visit together, but we're back at it with a collection of a few things we thought you might find as interesting as we have.

Seth suggests all proposals include a pre-mortem:

If you want us to take your new proposal seriously, consider including a pre-mortem. Include a detailed analysis of why your project might fail. Specific weak spots, individuals who need to come on board, assumptions that might not be true… If you've got a track record of successfully predicting specific points of failure before they happen, we're a lot more likely to trust your judgment next time.

Speaking of failure, check out  Flopstarter -- a Kickstarter for absolutely terrible ideas.

Stop predicting the robo-apocalypse, it is already here.

[T]echnology is only getting cheaper, so each successive drop squeezes out more human labor, and is able to automate more lower-skill labor that is newly more expensive than machines. Expect the next recession to put over ten million of people out of work, and for the economy to realize they didn’t really need those people as workers after all to produce what was being produced.

And what is one of the things robots (specifically AI) will do first?  Make prediction cheaper.

Looking for a simpler way to work through your never-ending to-do list?  Try this tip:

I have a [two column] list of things that require a lot of mental bandwith and a list of things I can do at the end of the day when my energy is depleted. There’s an easy column and a hard one. My daily goal, which is ridiculously low, is one item from each category. On most days I will do well more than [that], but I find it useful to set the bar really low in order to not get demoralized.

Listening helps people change:

[I]t seems that listening to employees talk about their own experiences first can make giving feedback more productive by helping them feel psychologically safe and less defensive.

I really love this idea from Marshall Kirkpatrick about how he keeps a daily Q&A journal:  

One of the journals I keep is a Daily Q&A journal, which asks the same question each calendar day every year for five years. It’s a great exercise in seeing what’s changed in your life and what’s not; where I’m moving toward my goals and where I’m stuck.

It seems this would be a great tool for organizations and teams as well.

Finally, a great idea for your next family trip:  Library Tourism