Our three innovation-focused sessions in NYC for our friends at ILTA went so well, we’re doing them again in Toronto, Phoenix, and LA this fall. If you’d like to see some highlights of our time in NYC (or ask how we might do a similar set of workshops for you) check them out here.
We get lots of requests for the “Filamental Thinking” posters we have around Filament, but the one that gets the most is this one from Sugarhill Gang. If you’d like to print one for yourself, you can download your own version here.
We’ve been thinking about a new offering here at Filament called “Workshop Weeks.” In the spirit of “Shitty First Drafts” and working out loud, here’s a cleaned-up summary of a Twitter thread that captures the idea:
A question we ask our clients to help uncover hidden challenges and surface potential conflict is: What “elephants” will your group bring into the room (because everybody brings at least one elephant)?
We’re back in town after a week in New York, where we facilitated three different workshops (24 hours of different “content” spread over three full days without a single PowerPoint slide). We promised attendees at the ILTA events we’d share all the tools we used, and will post the link here next week for our newsletter readers as well.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Innovation doesn’t begin with finding better answers, it begins with building better questions. This exercise is where we sharpen the axe, by helping teams come up with a great “How Might We …” question before they begin to develop experiments to solve it.
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.
Every week, we work on something that (we hope) will help us improve the way our customers experience Filament. This week, we started with a quick “Sketch Session” to illustrate our customer’s journey.
Welcome to Filament’s Monday Morning Meeting: a mix of innovation news, the tools we use, and the interesting things we found to help you think differently about your week ahead.
We don't use a lot of PowerPoint here at Filament because there are usually better methods to convey information and engage an audience. However, if you've got a presentation to give, keep these Ten Rules in mind. Your audience will thank you.
Welcome to another edition of The Monday Morning Meeting from Filament — a mix of news, the tools we use, and a handful of interesting things that will help you think differently about your week ahead.