Let me tell you about my wacko-est idea ever …
“ I work with a team. The team interacts with other teams. Certain team members are dedicated to the team, but some of them also work cross-team. My team has its own team board. The team and also the other teams report on a common board, - the ‘Lighthouse Board’. The Lighthouse Board is weekly visited by representatives of my team and other teams, but also managers from other departments are welcome. The Lighthouse Board indicates the current status of different value streams … “
Nice idea, isn’t it? But did you really understand what my idea is all about? Did you feel inspired and engaged by the way I communicated? Would you be able to tell this story to others and create a lasting impact? Would you convince your manager with this?
Today knowledge workers are expected to generate creative and innovative ideas that amaze customers and colleagues. They are expected to create new and better products and services that lead to groundbreaking initiatives. Speed and common understanding are key to survive! But … the way that we communicate about business complexity and try to get common understanding is still done in this very traditional literal way? – feels a bit contra-intuitive, no?
Now imagine I visualize the same idea …
Wouldn’t you feel more connected? Visualization gives meaning to abstract information. It gives direction. it inspires and motivates. Visuals make communication a coherent story. As a result, teams understand each other again – it reconnects them and make them and the organization decisive for survival. Nice promise n’est-ce pas?
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Author: Koen De Keersmaecker