Good morning! After taking a week off for Labor Day, the Monday Morning Meeting is back! Did you miss us?
Building on a great summer, we’re rolling up our sleeves to prepare for a busy fall. Here are few things on our plate before winter arrives: delivering thesethreeworkshops in Toronto and Phoenix, creating a new strategy model for a local school district, facilitating a two-day collaboration workshop for a Fortune 500 client’s second-largest customer, putting the finishing touches on a “workshop in a box” that’s already been piloted globally, and building a facilitation workbook to support a soon-to-be-released book.
Happy Monday! We’re back from Orlando (and a quick weekend to Portland, Oregon) and gearing up for some cool work leading a handful of workshops this week.
One of the highlights of our week at ILTACON was an hour-long session we built 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. Let us know if you’d like a version for your team or organization!
We work in “experiments” all the time with our customers, asking them to identify simple, cheap, fast, and easy things they can do try improve processes, rethink team culture, increase communication, etc.
However, it isn’t always easy for people accustomed to working in large organizations to think small enough, so they regularly propose much larger experiments than necessary.
OUR SPRINT SPACE IS OPEN! Our new Sprint Space is open for business. If you’re looking for a creative space to work with your team for a week or a month — and might appreciate some Filament services to help you — come on down and check out our new Sprint Space. We’re really pleased how it turned out, and will share some pictures next week.
Happy Monday! Welcome to the July 22nd edition of 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.
Trying to prepare better for your next meeting? Have you considered the purpose of your meeting? Who’s in charge? What you expect people to do? How about the experiments you’re trying, or the true cost of the meeting in the time of the attendees?
MEETING DESIGN SPRINT: We just wrapped four days with a group from Purina helping them rethink and redesign a handful of their most important (or painful) meetings. It was so much fun that we’re going to turn it into a two-day workshop designed for teams looking to reset their meeting culture. Look for more here in the MMM next week!
JURY DUTY WEEK: I’m off to do my civic duty this week so I will be off the grid for a bit. I hope to be wrapped up by Thursday afternoon so I can attend …
FILAMENT FRIDAY ON JULY 19TH: We’ll be doing another Filament this Friday (on July 19th). If you’d like to work with us, share a challenge you’re working on, and/or offer a bit of help to others who might appreciate a hand, you can RSVP here.
Inspired by an exercise called Elephant, Dead Fish, Vomit invented by Airbnb (and shared in the wonderful book Rituals for Work), Elephant, Squirrel, Zombie, Porcupine is a group conversation “tool” designed to nurture more honest dialog among people who work together.
We had a great Filament Friday last week and are going to do it again on July 19th. If you’d like to work with us, share a challenge you’re working on, and/or offer a bit of help to others who might appreciate a hand. RSVP here.
We’re excited to sponsor XDThrowdown this Thursday. It is a series of competitive design thinking matches in front of a live audience at Brennan's Work & Leisure. Come join us — this is going to become a big thing!!
I don’t believe “Change Management” works as well as we expect it to. Organizations spend months (or years) building something, and — when they’re almost finished — hand over the nearly complete project to the change management professionals and ask them to get the entire organization on board. It is a recipe for failure.
Welcome to Filament’sMonday Morning Meeting: a mix of Filament news, the tools we use, and the interesting ideas to help you think differently about your week ahead.
We’re giving Filament Fridays a new look! If you want to come work at Filament this Friday, you’re welcome to join us. We’ll ask that you share a challenge you’re working on and offer a bit of help to others who might appreciate a hand. RSVP here.
Our customers design “experiments” in nearly every meeting we facilitate at Filament: simple, easy, fast, and cheap things that might help their organization learn something, try something, or build something.*
Experiments are smaller than “pilots” and certainly not as large as “projects” or “initiatives.” They’re just big enough to provide a modicum of proof and direction that might help a team decide what to do next.