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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 seeboth with our eyes and our minds eyegives 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 factas we all knowvisual thinking isnt new at all. Its 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, theres more data out there in more forms and languages than ever before, and theres 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 againimproving our ability to look at complex information, see important patterns emerge, imagine new possibilities, and clearly show those discov- eries to othersis 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, Im 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 emotionalit doesnt matter the nature of the problem we faceif 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 caseif no solution becomes visible well still end up with an infinitely clearer view of our situation. Info 4/4 2. Everyone starts by saying, I cant draw, but... If you think you cant draw, youre in good company. The only demographic group who really knows they can draw is in Kindergarten today. Wait a minute... werent you once who really knows they can draw is in Kindergarten today....
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