Visual Collaboration

Book description

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 team's 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.

Table of contents

  1. The five colored chapters present the Five Building Blocks of Visual Collaboration™—a practical method for working visually. The remaining chapters offer different perspectives on visual collaboration.
  2. Cover
  3. Introduction
    1. Why draw?
    2. Who can draw and where?
    3. Why draw together?
    4. Vocabulary for Visual Collaboration
    5. Visual collaboration is also when ...
    6. Boost your visual literacy
    7. From basic shapes to icons
    8. From icons to templates
    9. The Five Building Blocks of Visual Collaboration™
    10. How to use the building blocks
    11. Using the building blocks for a strategy process
    12. Summary
  4. 1. Discover your visual language
    1. The Seven Elements™
    2. The Eighth Element™
    3. Summary
    4. A visual language for innovation
  5. 2. Design your collaboration process
    1. Good preparation
    2. Good preparation
    3. How to use the tool
    4. Summary
    5. Aligned by shared purpose
  6. 3. Define key questions
    1. Good questions
    2. Facilitation questions
    3. Visualization questions
    4. Question test
    5. Summary
    6. A compass for good decision making
  7. 4. Create engaging templates
    1. Create clarity
    2. Template considerations
    3. Template design in five steps
    4. Template elements
    5. Templates you may know
    6. Inspiration
    7. Summary
    8. The big picture of purchasing
  8. 5. Prepare to scale
    1. Scaling
    2. The visual playbook
    3. Summary
  9. 6. Enable Group Learning
    1. Managing complexity
    2. Systems theory foundation
    3. Group learning
    4. The visual learning arena
    5. Summary
  10. 7. Map your skills
    1. Three competence areas
    2. Eight skills
    3. Summary
  11. 8. Activate your resources
    1. Choice of resources
    2. Participants
    3. Facilities
    4. Equipment
    5. Materials
    6. Summary
  12. 9. Do's and dont's
    1. A look back
    2. Use
    3. Weaknesses
    4. Value
    5. Summary
  13. Appendix
    1. The learning arena of this book
    2. Inspiration
    3. Credits
    4. Great books
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. Index
  16. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Visual Collaboration
  • Author(s): Ole Qvist-Sorensen, Loa Baastrup
  • Release date: November 2019
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119611042