Though there’s no shortage of management gurus extolling the benefits of learning from failure, a harsh truth remains: failure sucks. It’s hard to fail even when the stakes are modest — and when you’re working on a “bet the farm” project, it seems unthinkable.Read More
We don’t like to use PowerPoint at Filament, but have sat through our share of bad presentations elsewhere. In case you’re at a meeting and bored to tears, have a bit of fun and play some PowerPoint Bingo!Read More
Mitch Ditkoff at Idea Champions shares a great list of questions to ask senior leaders before hiring an innovation consultant. So many of them also apply to the work we do at Filament so I thought I'd share a few that will be added to our client assessment toolkitRead More
Just a bit of how we reframe the Mission/Vision/Values conversation at Filament:
Our Purpose is why we exist.
Our Principles are what we believe.
Our Priorities are where we focus.
Our Path is how we'll get there.Read More
We don't really do "networking" here at Filament in the traditional way. Because we believe people connect better when they're thinking together vs. (just) drinking together, we work hard to build collaboration and small-group discussion into everything we do. Nevertheless, if you're heading out to a networking reception anytime soon, here are a few tips to take along with you:Read More
Welcome to another Monday Morning Meeting! We're glad you made it.
Looking for a simple framework to help you prioritize ideas in a group strategy session? Try: Easy, Hard or Expensive.
Easy ideas are simple and cheap, won't meet much resistance in your organization and don't require lots of approvals, meetings or arm-twistings to implement.
Hard ideas can seem simple or be cheap (in theory) but will also take lots of time, effort or organizational "heavy lifting" to get off the ground despite their relative lack of cost.
Expensive ideas can be either simple or hard but have the added baggage of being costly to pursue and implement.Read More