Visual Leaders : New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organizational Change

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-12-26
  • Publisher: Wiley
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This book will explore how leaders can support strategy formation, business planning, communications, and organization change through application of visual meeting, and visual teams methodologies organization wide-literally "trans-forming" communications and people's sense of what is possible. This is NOT a book about personally being able to draw and be artistic, but how to use the emerging visual literacy to full advantage in the workplace. It is written for all levels of leadership in organizations, from department heads through directors, heads of strategic business units, and "C" level executives. The book shares well-tested methodologies for visually developing strategic and operational plans, and the arrays of visual methods and tools that are available for implementing these strategies throughout an organization. A thread will be that these tools are also some of the most important for young entrepreneurs starting businesses. Chapters on emerging technology will explore how communications has become interactive and graphic-and transformative in its own right. Knowledge of how these developments are reshaping organizations is essential to success as a contemporary leader at any level. These tools, if understood, can be used to shape direction and align people for implementation. It's helpful to know what type of organization he or she is leading, and understanding some of the general dynamics applying to these types. Visual Leadership will deal with the question of how design thinking and visual literacy can help in orienting leaders to the complexity of contemporary organizations in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Throughout, as in Visual Meetings and Visual Teams, tools, methods and frameworks are brought to life with stories of real organizations modeling these practices. One of the differences will be focusing on how leaders can enable others to use these tools, and how to create the kinds of directives and guidelines that lead to success.

Author Biography

David Sibbet is a world leader in visual facilitation and visual thinking for groups. He is the founder and president of The Grove Consultants International, a company whose leading edge group-process tools and services for panoramic visualization, graphic facilitation, team leadership, and organizational transformation are used by consultants and organizations around the world. Sibbet was the visual cartographer for the 2008 TED conference. Also in 2008, he received the OD Network Member Award for Creative Contribution to the field of organizational development.

Table of Contents


Tracking a Visual Revolution xiii

Part One: The Visual Leadership Advantage

1. Seven Essential Tools / Metaphors & Models, Visual Meetings, Graphic Templates, Decision Rooms, Roadmaps, Storymaps, & Video 3

2. Seeing Results in Action / Why Leaders Get Visual 11

3. How to Run Visual Meetings / What Every Manager Should Know 33

Part Two: Looking At Your Own Leadership

4. What Is Your “Operating System”? / The Power (& Peril) of Mental Models 51

5. What Kind of Organization Do You Lead? / Linking Tools to Stages of Development 61

6. Developing Your Visual IQ / How Visualizing Makes You Smarter 73

Part Three: Power Tools for Visual Leaders

7. Metaphors & Models / Helping People See What You Mean 91

8. Visual Meetings / Stimulating Engagement & Creative Contribution 107

9. Graphic Templates / Visuals for Any Kind of Planning 115

10. Decision Rooms / Making Choices in a Big Picture Context 129

11. Roadmaps & Visual Plans / Managing Milestones & Swim Lanes 139

12. Graphic Storymaps / Connecting Plans with Culture 147

13. Video & Virtual Visuals / Mobile Video, Tablets, Animation, & Panoramic Display 157

Part Four: Managing the New Media

14. Technology & Visualization / Enabling the Right Tools 171

15. Virtual Leadership / Communicating with Intention & Impact 181

Part Five: Leading Organization Change

16. Anticipating the Need to Change / Putting Visual Tools to Work 193

17. The Chrysalis Effect / Creating the Conditions for Transformation 205

Part Six: Links, Books, & Other Resources

18. Websites & Bibliography 215

Appendix / About Arthur M. Young 223

Index 224

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