Visual Collaboration

Visual Collaboration : A Powerful Toolkit for Improving Meetings, Projects, and Processes

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Have you ever felt stuck with methods, tools and skills that do not match the increasing complexity you are part of? Would you like to work in new ways that strengthen thinking, communication and collaboration??

Visual Collaboration introduces a new and innovative way of working and collaborating that will help you successfully manage complexity for yourself, your team, and your entire organization.

The method of this book unlocks any teams ability to collaborate in complex projects and processes. By using a systematic and proven approach to drawing and visualizing.

Visual Collaboration is a unique visual business book that will enable you to develop visual languages to fit any scenario, create engaging and powerful questions to assist your visual process design and turn a white canvas into a visual template that can improve any meeting, project, or process.

The core of the book - a practical and easy-to-follow method - THE FIVE BUILDING BLOCKS will most likely become your preferred way of working. The method is supported by plentiful examples, 4-color drawing, chapter summaries, and clearly defined learning objectives. Enjoyable and powerful, this book will help you:

Use visualization as a tool to explore opportunities and challenges
Translate complex concepts into easy-to-understand actions
Engage employees and team members with effective strategic processes
Incorporate drawing into your strategic organizational toolbox to strengthen communication and collaboration
Develop and apply powerful visual literacy skills

The authors, internationally-recognized experts in strategy communication and visual facilitation, have helped incorporate visual collaboration into more than 500 organizations such as LEGO, IKEA, the Red Cross, the United Nations, and many others. This book is the must-have resource for you to follow their example.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 188 x 239 x 16mm | 656g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119611040
  • 9781119611042
  • 9,390

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"Visual Collaboration gives you a new language for collaborating on meetings, processes or projects. In a world where we need tools and approaches to tackle complexity, this book can help you come up with solutions that work."
-- Nancy Duarte, CEO and bestselling author

"In my current role at Microsoft I often work with teams across time zones and geographies, so we do a lot of joint visualizations on digital whiteboards while connecting team members from all parts of the world. Visual Collaboration provided an extremely helpful method for clarifying goals, working out joint plans and shared responsibilities, and overcoming cultural or language barriers in our teams."
-- Olga Svyrydenko, Education Audience Engagement Team, Microsoft

"This book represents the best of whatthe field of visual facilitation has to offer.It's clear, high quality, wellstructured, concrete and practical. It is full of ah-ha's not only for anyonewanting to start workingvisually, but also for those of us who havebeen in the field for many years."
-- Patrick van der Pijl, Producer of Business Model Generation and author of Design a Better Business

"Visual Collaboration provides readers with a brilliant toolset and roadmap for groups working together visually. All presented in an extremely accessible visual format."
-- Peter Coughlan, PhD, Saltus Consulting, Founder of IDEO's Transformation by Design Practices

Visual collaboration makes teams smarter and more effective

Visual Collaboration explains how any team can create a visual "language" to improve communication and collaboration on the team's most important goals. This book demonstrates how to accelerate team dialogue, engagement, and ownership with simple techniques and examples.

Visual Collaboration works powerfully in a wide range of settings including meetings, strategy sessions, project planning, innovating, and business planning. To overcome resistance from team members who claim they "can't draw," the authors have developed an easy-to-apply method that helps anyone draw almost anything.

Does your organization need to be agile, fast, or sustainable? When a team draws its goals, desires, and objectives, it becomes smarter and more focused. When people draw together, they learn together, and with a world in constant change, the ability to learn together is a necessity for ongoing success.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Discover your visual language 38
How to develop icons for your next meeting, project, or process

Design your collaboration process 76
How to create your next meeting, project, or process

Chapter 3 Define key questions 104
How to formulate, prioritize, and test questions that have positive impact on your collaboration

Chapter 4 Create engaging templates 146
How to turn a white canvas into a visual tool that structures and focuses your collaboration

Chapter 5 Prepare to scale 182
How to enable others to use your design and tools

Chapter 6 Enable group learning 202
An introduction to core concepts of visual collaboration

Chapter 7 Map your skills 226
An overview of eight skills that are essential for visual collaboration

Chapter 8 Activate your resources 246
Key resources needed for visual collaboration

Chapter 9 Do's and dont's 264
Observations about strengths and weaknesses of visual collaboration

Appendix 286
Index and inspiration for further reading
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About Ole Qvist-Sorensen

Ole Qvist-Sorensen, MA, is a Founder and Partner at Bigger Picture, a consulting firm specializing in strategy communication and visual facilitation. Loa Baastrup is a strategy consultant, visual facilitator, and Partner at Bigger Picture. She and Ole have developed, tested, and applied the methods and tools of the book in more than 500 organizations in the private, public, and civil sector.
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