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Oct 11, 2012

Are you a Visual Leader ? (Part.2)

Article by Philippe Rouffiac

When I write today about the importance of the Visual skills for Leaders, I can hear Bob Dylan singing” the line it is drawn, the curse it is cast times they are a changing”. It’s true, it seems that the line is drawn it’s time to develop new skills in this context of information overload such as Visual skills.

The advantage of using Visual techniques allows the Leader to fully regain its role as reference within the company. The power of the future will be linked in part to the ability of working with these techniques: drawing a map to view relationships, summarizing a meeting in a clear mindmap, presenting a synthetic vision in a big picture, drawing, etc… Here are some possibilities.

Why not share the possible scenarios of a negotiation with a customer through a session of Story Boarding. Using the principle of Story Board of cinema to create a sequence of Story Telling. From images, collages we construct the scenario of a project. We tell the story of the negotiation. Everybody will remember his role!

Dan Roam thinks that all problems can be resolved with simple drawings and it works! Everyday we practice the basis of his theory of the Napkin drawing on a sheet of paper some pictures to explain to others what we want to say. Take a pen and draw your stratey for 2013. Simple pictures, pictograms will help to communicate with your project and your team.

Mind Mapping : Mind maps have many applications in business situations, including notetaking, brainstorming, summarizing, as a mnemonic technique, or to sort out a complicated idea. Mind maps are also promoted as a way to collaborate. Mind maps can be used for: problem solving, outline/framework design, condensing material into a concise and memorable formatstructure/relationship representations.

Why not use the Empathy Map before any meeting with a client? What do we want him to see, feel, say, think of us? Interesting to draw with its sales team.

Use the Lifeline Map to create a shared vision of progress over a period of time, validation of the life stages, effect team building and story telling, make emerge the experiences and milestones of the company, get a global picture.

Share a strategy by drawing a Roadmap including barriers, steps and different objectives in writing in the mandala of the aim of the objectives at the end of the path.

Make strategic maps using less and less Powerpoint for important messages. A point of situation of your company will be better understood by performing a Context map.

These techniques improve the performance of teams and it is undeniRble that they respond to a need for simplification,and understanding in a more and more complex context. We can only encourage leaders to take an interest in these techniques and use them in their daily mission. If you are looking for better results think and act visually!

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