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Unformatted text preview: Info ¡/¡4 The “lost chapter” from The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam Info ¡/¢4 Visual thinking is the future of business problem solving. Using our innate ability to see—both with our eyes and our mind’s eye—gives us entirely new ways to discover hidden ideas, develop those ideas intuitively, and then share those ideas with other people in a way they are simply going to “get.” In fact—as we all know—visual thinking isn’t “new” at all. It’s our oldest problem-solving toolkit of all, predating verbal communications in the evolutionary chain by eons, and giving us as Kindergartners the ability to explore and explain our ideas long before we could read and write. As globalized supply chains and emerging markets flatten the world, as information overload becomes the status quo, and as com- munication channels proliferate, problem- solving complexity is only going to increase. In other words, there’s more data out there in more forms and languages than ever before, and there’s a greater need than ever for businesspeople to make good decisions and communicate their thinking to others. As businesspeople, becoming comfortable with our visual abilities again—improving our ability to look at complex information, see important patterns emerge, imagine new possibilities, and clearly show those discov- eries to others—is about to become our most valuable skill. In my book, The Back Of The Napkin: Solving Problems And Selling Ideas With Pictures, I give dozens of examples of how businesspeople have solved complex problems through learning to think with their eyes. But more importantly, I introduce my simple set of four basic visual thinking tools that anyone can use to address any problem at any time. In order to keep the book as focused as possible on the “how-to,” I decided to remove one of my favorite chapters. Entitled “The Ten and a Half Commandments of Visual Thinking,” I’m pleased to present that missing chapter here in its entirety. I hope you find it useful and eye-opening. — Dan Roam Info ¡/¢4 1. Any problem can be solved with a picture. Strategic, financial, operational, conceptual, personal, and emotional—it doesn’t matter the nature of the problem we face—if we can imagine it, we can draw it. By drawing it we will see otherwise invisible aspects and potential solutions emerge. Drawing out our problem is always worth a try. Even in the worst case—if no solution becomes visible— we’ll still end up with an infinitely clearer view of our situation. Info 4/¡4 2. Everyone starts by saying, “I can’t draw, but...” If you think you can’t draw, you’re in good company. The only demographic group who really knows they can draw is in Kindergarten today. Wait a minute... weren’t you once who really knows they can draw is in Kindergarten today....
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