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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.


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MMM #13

Happy Monday. Welcome back, we hope you had a great weekend! 

The Idea:  To Stop Checking Your Phone, Use "Don't" and not "Can't"

“Don’t” is a declarative statement about what kind of a person you are. When you say you “don’t” do something you give yourself the power to have made the decision not to do that thing. When you say “can’t” it feels as though some external force is telling you you shouldn’t be doing this thing. The way human motivation works and the way human decision making works is that we do much better when it’s something that feels like it arises within us. We don’t like being told what we can and can’t do.

The Quote:  "The culture of an organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate." - Gruenter and Whitaker

The Video:  A masterclass in how to build suspense from Inglorious Basterds.

Monday Morning Meeting #11

Happy Monday!  We're ready for another great meeting to kick off our week.  How about you?

The Idea: I couldn't agree more with Austin Kleon that a notebook is the perfect place to have bad ideas:

Spend some time with it every day. Fill it with your bad thoughts, your bad ideas. Tell it all the things you shouldn’t tell Twitter. It won’t judge you, troll you, or talk back to you. It won’t spy on you, ping you, or notify you. When you’re done with it, you can burn it for heat, or you can save it for your children, so they know what it was like.

The Video:  Every Best Cinematography Winner Ever


The Quote:  “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”  – Dalai Lama XIV

The Book:  Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Intelligence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward Hess:


"We will not flourish along with smart machines by ourselves. It is going to be an otherness game. It is not going to be a competitive game. It’s going to be a collaboration game. New Smart is a new way of thinking, to define yourself not by what [you] know or how much [you] know, but by the quality of [your] thinking, listening, relating and collaborating." Link to Interview



"Filament transcends meetings."

Right after Filament opened, we hosted an event for Techstars that was sponsored by IBM.  Here's IBM's Mike Nichols on the experience:

"Filament transcends meetings.  They turn ideas into stories and those stories into incredibly sticky knowledge.  Anyone planning a pow-wow about transforming their organization needs to start by transforming the meeting itself, and here is where you do it."

You're Right vs. Wrong

"The truth is that everything that can be accomplished by showing a person when he’s wrong, ten times as much can be accomplished by showing him where he is right. The reason we don’t do it so often is that it’s more fun to throw a rock through a window than to put in a pane of glass." – Robert T. Allen

QuotesMatthew Homann