Visual Thinking: #2 Solve Challenges with the Power of Visuals

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16 Videos (1h 4m)
    • The Art of Visual Thinking

    • Fun Exercise

    • Understanding Visual Thinking: The history and future of graphic facilitation

    • The Benefits of Visual Thinking

    • Mastering the Process of Visual Thinking

    • The Process of Looking

    • The Process of Seeing

    • Exercise: Seeing a Warrant

    • The Process of Imagining

    • Meet the SQVID: The Five Focus Questions

    • The Process of Showing

    • The Visual Thinking Codex

    • Visual Thinking: Recap

    • Case Study: TechPro

    • Case Study: Picture your Business Strategy

    • Visual Thining Exercises and Resources


About This Class

Do you know who “Jack” Welch is? As CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch's management skills has become almost legendary but….he is also an exceptional example of a Visual Thinker. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at his background.

Jack Welch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE from 1981 to 2001. During his 20 years of leadership in this position, Welch increased the market value of GE from $14 billion to more than $410 billion.

One afternoon, while Jack Welch was trying to explain his new vision for GE to his wife, he decided to sketch out the strategy on a cocktail napkin. The sketch showed three circles, labeled Services, High Technology, and Core. A number of GE business units were listed inside and outside the circles. Any business unit outside the circles would have to be fixed, sold, or closed. Over the next few weeks, Welch shared and refined his model with everyone who would listen. And, thanks to his vision written on a napkin, the company’s market value grew almost 30 times over the next twenty years.

What a story, right? This is the power of Visual Thinking.

Visual Thinking consists of “Thinking and Communicating with Pictures”. It is also a very efficient way of addressing problems by approaching them with an extremely broad perspective. In other words, Jack Welch analyzed the state of the company and defined its new strategy by looking at many aspects:

  • the What/Who (the business units which he wanted to focus on and those that he did not);
  • the How (“being Number One or Number Two in every business the Company was in”);
  • the Where (“Going Global”);
  • the How much/How many (Welch sold more than 200 businesses and made over 370 acquisitions);
  • and, finally, the When and Why (“A decade from now, I would like General Electric to be perceived as a unique, high-spirited, entrepreneurial enterprise”).

These make up the “Six Ways of Seeing”, a Visual Thinking method that we will learn during this course.

I hope you liked this example and that it has stimulated your interest in learning Visual Thinking. In general, using this training in the business world provides the following benefits:

  • Solve business problems with a much deeper perspective.
  • Improve your ability to come up with new ideas.
  • Analyze, structure and present information in a very effective way.
  • Communicate complex strategies and concepts more easily, by visualizing key take-aways (for example, a new disruptive strategy for a multibillion company like GE).
  • Improve the efficiency of meetings and presentations by using whiteboard sketches rather than tones of slides.
  • Make impactful presentations to your internal and external customers.
  • Improve your ability to create business documents "on-the-fly," without too much preparation time.

During this course, I will explain how to use Visual Thinking to creatively solve business problems. All the content of the course is based on recommendations from the best Visual Thinkers, and our experience with the development of huge Visual Thinking Projects for Fortune 500 companies.

What are you waiting for? 

Enroll now and Let’s start delivering impressive results!





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