Put Your Ideas in Quarantine
What Could Possibly Go Worng? Using Pre-Mortems to Reduce Risk of Future Failures
My name is Matt, and I’ve got Idea Surplus Disorder a.k.a. “Shiny Shiny Syndrome” real bad.
You’ll know you have it too when you regularly give in to an overwhelming urge to start working on something new (and amazing) instead of wrapping up your current projects.
And Idea Surplus Disorder isn’t only an individual affliction — organizations can suffer from it, too!
Though “ISD” isn’t (usually) fatal, the cumulative results of pursuing new ideas at the expense of finishing others can have debilitating impacts on your business and your team.
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.
Pre-Innovation Meeting Questions
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!
Filament Operating System V3.0
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 toolkit
The Four P's of Strategic Planning
We've found it helpful to think about how we work here at Filament as our "Operating System." For our most recent version, we've focused on Our Purpose, Our Principles, and Our Priorities and turned it into this one-pager. Let us know what you think!
The Ten Rules of Networking
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.
EQ Podcast and Making Unreasonable Requests
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:
Filament co-founder Matt Homann was recently interviewed for EQ Magazine's STL Community Cast podcast. You can check it out on EQ here, or listen directly to the link below. We hope you enjoy it!