“If you can draw it, then you know you understand it.” That’s what my Virology prof in grad school would tell us. “Scientists must be able to sketch out complex subjects to communicate and share ideas – especially things which cannot be seen or experienced in everyday life.”
I encourage you to practice visual thinking and using visualizations in group conversations. The best leaders use words well, and great leaders use words and visualizations.
The first reason visualizations are effective is because complex things are broken down into parts with connections and relationships. The second reason is that you’re working with the best capabilities of the human brain. A significant fraction of our neurons are committed to visual processing. You might as well leverage that for your leadership work!
One of the big wins for visual thinking is getting to clarity quickly. Here’s a critical leadership insight from Dan Roam: “We’re not going to make complicated things simple, but we can make complicated things clear. And when they’re clear, we can solve them.”
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