Welcome to another collection of interesting things we've found around the web.
We'll be introducing Kendeo's Innovation Framework as we open up Filament -- our new creative meeting space in downtown St. Louis -- this fall. For now, here's a pic of our the first stage: EXPLORE.
Before you tell yourself that your idea is too ambitious, too unrealistic, too pie-in-the-sky; remember that once there were no planes. There were no rockets to take us into space. There were no computers.
Someone had to take the first leap. Someone had to build wings out of wood and try to fly. Someone had to look logic in the face and tell it to do one. That someone had the courage to try. And our world today is shaped by their efforts.
So don't shelve the crazy ideas because they're too far into the clouds. The very fact that they're crazy probably means you're on to a winner. (Link)
Ever struggle to get tiny bits of egg shells out of the bowl? Not anymore.
This is what every facilitator secretly fears (NSFW).
Small teams work more effectively. We believe small conferences work better, too.
As group size rises, all sorts of issues spring up. Individual performance levels diminish and people start to grow less engaged. So while larger teams may be getting more done altogether, it’s happening at a rate lower than the sum of individual efforts.
More people means more of everything -- more good to great, and more bad and ugly -- in rallying a group of human beings to get something done. Even if more people provide a greater pool of resources, they also require greater amounts of coordination and management, to the point where size becomes an impediment.
Forget herding cats, here’s why herding humans is challenge enough. You have to grapple with these three hidden costs that start to climb: coordination costs, motivation costs, and relational costs.
Can you go an entire day looking at only one web page at a time? Try "Tabless Thursdays."
Here's a great look at some really good (and free) Google fonts.
Embracing wabi-sabi offers a profound understanding of the world. Things arise and pass away. As humans we carry the burden of the knowledge that we cannot remain forever. But this is what makes beauty and meaning possible.
If you shy away from using words in your speech you'd readily use in your writing because you don't know how to pronounce them, try Forvo - "all the words in the world, pronounced."
It isn't always impossible ...
Why is culture so important to a business? Here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial. And if we have a company that is entrepreneurial in spirit, we will be able to take our next “(wo)man on the moon” leap. Ever notice how families or tribes don’t require much process? That is because there is such a strong trust and culture that it supersedes any process. In organizations (or even in a society) where culture is weak, you need an abundance of heavy, precise rules and processes.
What a beautiful baseball scorebook:
Work for 52 minutes and break for 17 to be more productive.
See you next time!