Agile Leaders leverage the power of visual thinking to help them organize chaos and triage better (Becoming an AGILE LEADER: The 11 Attributes of Agility to Change Your Relationship with). We are surrounded by visual thinking methods, technologies and approaches, but only a minority of managers, executives and CEOs and fully leveraging them for maximum agility. Think about how some of these can help you:
Drawing Pictures. (The Power of Pictures). It never ceases to amaze me how even a simple picture can help a team move from disorganized chaos to organized chaos and engage a more whole-brained thinking approach. I am constantly standing up at a white-baord or flip-chart and sketching a simple graphic to help synthesize a discussion about the workings of a system and the interaction of the elements. A picture is worth a thousand words! Be more agile by leveraging more visual thinking.
Mind-Mapping. I started mind-mapping nearly 20 years ago when the first software versions started appearing. Whenever I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the chaos of things around me or a complex problem to solve or an uncertain and ambiguous situation and set of circumstances to navigate, I mind-map! Often just on paper, at least as a start which I may continue electronically later, and always have lots of blank sheets of paper with me. Mind-mapping is so naturally powerful because it is highly aligned with how the brain works. Yet, when I speak to groups of managers, executives and CEOs, asking them to raise their hands if they use mind-mapping, typically very few (if any!) hands go up! Big mistake. Check out these two extensive links at Wikipedia which explain mind-mapping and software options (many of which are free): Mind Map and List of Concept and Mind-Mapping Software. Be more agile by leveraging more visual thinking.
Are You Taking an Interest inPinterest? Initially, I didn’t take much interest in Pinterest (see my page at http://pinterest.com/drivingseat/) until I started experimenmting with it. Now I love it. It can become a story board for a brand, creating a visual collage of associated concepts and ideas, expanding of core metaphors. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures! It is a great place to accumulate visuals I come across on the web, as a library for later use which also retains the source. It is so easy to “pin” and accumulate a visual archive. Check it out and think about how you can use it. Be more agile by leveraging more visual thinking.
Prezi. I am just starting to explore Prezi which is a hybrid between mind-mapping and Power-Point for a new approach to presentations. Check out some of the examples. It really is a breakthrough finding the middle ground between Power-Point (which is too linear, despite some options to do hyperlinking etc) and mind-mapping (which is non-linear but not very presentational). A prezi let’s you evolve a mind-map like approach to the flow of a presentation, giving us the ability to convey complex ideas with the simplicity of a visual storyline to get people thinking. I can’t wait to understand and master its capabilities. Be more agile by leveraging more visual thinking.
Traction Planning. Traction Planning is a visual thinking approach for the challenge of translating agile strategy and agile execution into traction, avoiding wheel-spin. It’s about getting and keeping everyone on the same page, doing full triage of our challenge in three dimensions and organizing chaos to find a path forwards which is prone to success, not failure, with the agility to adjust on the fly.
And, it won’t be long before our driving seat looks increasingly like a flying seat! A Traction Plan helps us master the three-dimensional challenge In the Driving Seat of our business. Traction Planning Technology Options. Be more agile by leveraging more visual thinking.