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Monday Morning Meeting #63


Welcome to the Monday Morning Meeting, a weekly collection of Filament news, tools you can use, and interesting ideas that will help you think differently about your week ahead.


This week, we’re hanging out in Orlando with 2000+ friends at ILTACON: “the premier legal technology conference for professionals undertaking initiatives in support of the practice of law.”

We’ve built twenty-seven facilitated “Collaboration Sessions” that use our tools and methodology to help attendees from nine different communities of interest (like innovation, knowledge management, or IT) engage with their peers, share their best ideas, and design their post-conference action plans.

I’m also delivering a new workshop called “N.S.F.W. (New Skills for Work): How to pitch faster, innovate smaller, fail bigger, change easier, meet smarter, critique better, and ask more. It is an hour-long overview of some of the coolest things we’ve learned (and stolen) from our great customers. Here’s a link to the presentation.


I’ll kick off the links portion of the newsletter with one many of you sent me last week: Harvard Discovers That PowerPoint is Worse Than Useless:

The entire concept of PowerPoint is apparently misbegotten, according to a recent Harvard study cited in Forbes, which found that "PowerPoint was rated (by online audiences) as no better than verbal presentations with no visual aids. (Ouch.)"

Consider that for a second. You audience will be just as happy with your presentation if you do it without your slides. Which means the time you spent building the deck was basically wasted.

Here’s an interesting benefit of working quickly:

If you work quickly, the cost of doing something new will seem lower in your mind. So you’ll be inclined to do more.

Speaking of working quickly, how would your email inbox change if everyone replied using only five sentences?

In this article titled The Technology of Kindness, I found a passage that reinforces why in-person interaction (at home, at work, and in meetings) is more important than ever:

People’s ability to connect is the glue that holds our culture together. By thinning out our interactions and splintering our media landscape, the Internet has taken away the common ground we need to understand one another. Each of us is becoming more confident about our own world just as it drifts farther from the worlds of others. Empathy requires us to understand that even people who disagree with us have a lived experience as deep as our own. But in the fractured landscape of social media, we have little choice but to see the other side as obtuse, dishonest or both. Unless we reverse this trend and revive empathy, we have little chance of mending the tears in our social fabric.

I really like this icebreaker question (from the link I shared last week):

Kids today will never understand the struggle with what?

Leaders: You can’t make people change. But you can create an environment where they choose to.

Finally, a useful negotiation tip:

When you talk numbers use odd ones, numbers that end in zero feel serious.


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