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Sep 6, 2018

The growing importance of visual information for companies

A recent study of 4,500 office workers accross six countries reveals how visual communication is becoming increasingly crucial for businesses today. 

Recently published on the Techsmith blog, this study looked at office workers working in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Australia. 

Here are some conclusions: 

  • "Millennials" (those born between 1980 and 2000) are twice as likely to make use of visual communication compared to "Baby Boomers" (those born between 1946 and 1964)
  • More than two-thirds of Millennials say they understand information more quickly when it's communicated visually, with images, photos, videos or graphics.
  • More than half of millennials say they remember information for longer if it has been communicated visually.
  • Workers perform better when visuals are included. 
  • Nearly half of Millennials surveyed find their company's communication obsolete. 

According to this study, the use of visual information to communicate in business is essential to facilitate the work, especially for young workers. 

In many cases,  visual communication and the use of visual tools are favored by digital transformation, by those responsible for innovation and the implementation of agile methodologies. In other words, the visual is one of the key elements of change, innovation and business success today.

Jul 23, 2018

Draw to remember

Last Month in Berlin, Nadine Rossa, Graphic Designer, famous Sketchnoter and Author of gave a very interesting presentation about the power of drawing to remember better.

Here is the the recorded video:

Feb 17, 2018

Using a mindmap to share your online presence

Mind Mapping can be a very easy and effective way to summarize and share your online presence. You can quickly structure your online presence and insert the links to your different social media accounts .

I decided to use MindMeister, one of the best online mind mapping tools,  tho create  my "digital identity" mindmap, as you can see beyond. 

Once the mindmap created,  MindMeister gave me the option to embed it on my blog.

Here is the clickable mindmap, you can also enlarge it:

Nov 11, 2017

Sketchnote: Jazz, Improvisation and Leadership

I drew this sketchnote (as shown above) listening to Natalie Nixon's talk at TEDx Philadelphia in 2014 about Improvisation, Jazz, Leadership and Collective Intelligence.

Natalie Nixon is Director of the Strategic Design MBA program and Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising & Management at Philadelphia University, she works to connect the dots between theory and practice.

In a jazz combo, each player performs at the top of their game, building a flow of music out of potential chaos -- by listening hard to one another and embracing mistakes. Natalie Nixon lays out the 7 rules of such “chaordic” systems, flirting between order and chaos, and shows how you can borrow from great players to boost your own creative flow.

Here is the video of Natalie's talk:

Mar 19, 2017

About Agile and Visual Thinking

The context 

We are facing a new paradigm: our environment is fast changing and the information is increasingly plethoric. Various professionals use the acronym “VUCA” (standing for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) for describing the world we are living in. And the term “Information overload” is used to qualify the context of our day to day work. Managers and Teams need to adapt themselves quickly and to digest tons of information in very short time laps. Problems are increasingly complex. 

The response

In response to this challenging situation, we can observe a shift towards a New Management Mindset within organizations and especially among high performance teams. A new mindset where Agile and Visual Thinking play a critical role. In the compare-and-contrast map above, I tried to represent and underline the complementarity of both movements. The are definitively transforming the way we work and learn.

In our Visual Thinking workshops we help managers and teams to adopt this New Management Mindset, learning Visual Thinking methodologies.

Feb 22, 2017

Bridging the gap between Visual Thinking, Agile and Positive Psychology

Two weeks ago, a brand new book was published in France about sketchoting.

With a lot of visual note taking exercices, it also relies on several testimonies of professionals of different sectors in their use of sketchnoting. 

Source: Lyne Cazaly
It puts this technique in perspective with the agile transformation of companies towards a creative and innovation friendly mindset. 

Indeed, one of the key messages of this book is that sketchnoting is not only reserved for an elite of creative people and Designers, but that this technique is a gateway to cultivate a way of thinking favorable to Innovation and effective note taking.

This "head, hand and heart " approach finds its full meaning in this book where Visual thinking techniques meet Positive Psychology.