We can solve our problems with pictures.
With that simple proposition, author and visual thinking consultant Dan Roam invites the reader to a four-day workshop on visual thinking in his book “Unfolding the Napkin.”
Central to his idea are the unwritten rules of visual thinking:
- Whoever is best able to describe the problem is the person most likely to solve it.
- We can’t solve a problem that overwhelms us. To understand what we’re seeing, we need to break it into bite-size pieces.
- Problems don’t get solved by the smartest or the fastest or the strongest; they get solved by the one who sees the possibilities.
- The more human your picture, the more human the response.
Sound too simplistic to be true? Maybe.
But I saw it begin to work last night in a client meeting involving a several million dollar project and a two-year brick wall.
I’m a believer.
Got problems? You need pictures!