The power of visualization

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Do you know the power of visualization? 

It helps you to solve problems, understand, banish confusion, discover new ideas, envision, think, communicate, present, convince, show, sell. And more.

Let’s get visual.

 

Words are limited

Within organizations, we mostly use words. 

As we wrote in a previous blog “Lost in language“: there is nothing wrong with words, but they are limited.

Visualization or visual thinking doesn’t get a lot of attention in organizations. That is a pity, because it can be extremely powerful. Here are some random thoughts on the power of visualization. How it adds an extraordinary amount to your ability to solve problems, understand, banish confusion, discover new ideas, envision, think and communicate, present, convince, show, sell. And more.

Bring in your visual mind

Let’s start with Dave Gray. He says: “Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagrams…It is a way to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable.”

When we take a step further, visualization is a way to discover and understand the essence, and literally ‘see the big picture‘ (‘the whole picture, relationships, dependencies). This will lead to a clearer picture of the situation and it can help you to see things that would otherwise remain invisible or unspoken.

Thereby, it’s a great way to discover hidden ideas, to envision new products or services (and expressing functional and emotional merits) and to develop and test ideas (see our blog: “Six reasons to prototype – everything“). And is extremely powerful to share ideas with other people in a way they are simply going to ‘get’. [Read more…]

First Think, Then Act?

The pitfalls of planning (part 1)

In organizations, a lot of time and effort is spent on making plans.
We think a lot. Before we start doing.

We make huge, extended, well-thought-out plans.
Based on the assumption: first we think, then we act.

Do you know that this is blocking your way into moving forward?
And it isn’t even true…

“First think, and then act”
This assumption is one of the reasons
why things are going slow, delay or don’t not happen at all.
And why new possibilities are not carried out.
Let’s take a look at this assumption.
Which is actually a misconception. [Read more…]