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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 #37

In case you hadn’t noticed, we haven’t added a “Monday Morning Meeting” to the blog for quite some time. That’s because we’ve been sending them out as emails instead (sign up below). For 2019, we’re going to resume adding them here as well. Enjoy!

Welcome back to Filament’s Monday Morning Meeting. It’s been a while, and we’ve got lots of news to share — along with some really cool things we’ve collected — this week. Let’s get to work!


We’re turning three! It is hard to believe we’re leaving the “terrible twos” behind us, but we’re about to celebrate our third anniversary. We’ll have more birthday party news next week, but for now, save some room for cake and a cool celebration coming in early March.


We’ve taken over the entire 25,000 square-foot east side of the Ely Walker Building’s first floor. In part of our expanded digs, we’ll be launching our new “Sprint Space” service in the upcoming weeks (think a month-long place to work with a team of 5-10 that includes a mix of Filament methodology and services to help you launch a product or service in a fraction of the normal time).


We try to avoid PowerPoint at Filament because we think in-person collaboration is a better way to collaborate and get things done. However, if you’re stuck in a non-Filament meeting and want to have some fun while the speaker drones on reading their slides, you might want to use this PowerPoint Bingo card we designed. Enjoy!


Morbidity aside, I really like the idea of living the next five years like they’re your last (taking a weekly 24-hour sabbatical from the internet is also a great idea):

Now imagine you have 5 years to live. What would you do during those 5 years? Get to work. The death-bed mentality is the only way to live. Stop pretending you’ll live forever. As Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

I’m impressed with Power Thesaurus, a crowd-sourced writing tool.

Another good new year idea: Take a “Depth” Year:

What if, for a whole year, you stopped acquiring new things or taking on new pursuits? Instead, you return to abandoned projects, stalled hobbies, unread books and other neglected intentions, and go deeper with them than you ever have before.

Leaders, does doing what your best at hurt your team?

“What I realized is that I should stop myself from doing things I’m good at — which is so counterintuitive — and instead, focus on delegating training and making sure that everybody gets good at doing those things.”

I believe people underestimate he novelty of their “obvious” ideas. In this MIT Management Review Article, the authors come to a similar conclusion about The Surprising Value of Obvious Insights:

Obvious insights can motivate us to close the knowing-doing gap. Common sense is rarely common practice. If you ask managers what effectiveness looks like, they often can spell out the critical factors. The key is to get them to act on that insight, and that’s where the obvious can help.

Does your business keep a failure résumé?

That’s where the failure résumé comes in. Whereas your normal résumé organizes your successes, accomplishments and your overall progress, your failure résumé tracks the times you didn’t quite hit the mark, along with what lessons you learned.


Our friends at Matchbox Design Group handed us their keys as they moved across St. Charles street into a cool new place. We wish them the best!


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” - Harold Whitman

 "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him.” - David Brinkley

 "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down." - Charles F. Kettering