Archive for “October, 2014”

Sharing the den of the dragon.

Piers Linney during his panel on innovation.

Piers Linney during his panel on innovation.

John Ashton recently recorded the Thomson Reuters “Innovation in Market Data Technology.” On one of the panels was Piers Linney, from Dragon’s Den, a UK entreprenurial, reality TV show. While it was a pleasure to meet Mr. Linney, it was more of a pleasure to support the summit with graphics, helping delegates see what they were talking about.

Visible or invisible. That is the question.

The best graphic recording is there to serve the group. Scribing in meetings is there to add value to your conversations, strengthen commitment to outcomes, and support the group getting to action. Graphic recording is there to help you get your job done.

A recent question we’ve been addressing is how visible is the graphic recorder? How ‘up front’ should the recording itself be? Is the chart front and center for the group to engage? Is the chart in the back of the room capturing a record, much like taking visual minutes of meetings?

This is all important stuff to work out ahead of time with the meeting sponsor, leader or facilitator. We have a series of questions we ask before the meeting. How will you use this graphic recording going forward or is it only to be used by the group in question? What is the role of the recorder in this session? Why are you including graphics in this meeting? Will this specific chart be used again by this group?

Key questions that impact the group and their work are important for the graphic recorder to engage. Planning ahead for including scribing in meetings will create time and thought for how to best utilise graphic and the recorder. Waiting until the last minute to have recording as an add on might add a pretty picture but risks making visual thinking an afterthought rather than a key component to having a successful meeting.

To learn more about making your work visible and knowing how and where to place your graphic recorder, give us a call (+44 (0)1628 471 114 or email us to begin a conversation about graphic recording in your meetings.

Our eyes are inclined to follow lines and curves. If objects are along paths then we perceive a larger construct and also a sense of movement.

Gestalt Theory #

Happy new year (early!) or How to have a good 2015 by learning from 2014

It’s a little over 10 weeks to the end of 2014 and the beginning of the new year. It will be here sooner than you think!

Looking back over 2014 you have probably achieved and shared a lot. Now is the traditional time to gaze back over those achievements and shared experiences in order to take your learning forward and to imbed those into your plans for 2015. Or, if you have completed your plans for next year consider how to imbed your learning into the actions you have committed to so you can achieve even more. Your 2014 offers a rich source of information waiting to be looked at in a new way. Continue Reading…

What to do when transparency and clarity go opaque.

We frequently see rows of binders on shelves in our clients offices. The titles reveal a lot. These range from ‘Strategy 2020’ to ‘2013 Business Review’ to ‘Regional Action Plans’ and etc. etc. etc. What happened with these reports? Who created them and why? How much time and resource was spent creating these reports? Are they still being used and referenced? What was learned? What was not learned?

Equally, groups and organisations are increasingly talking about transparency and clarity in their work and with their stakeholders. Continue Reading…

How do you sustain institutional knowledge?

One of the major challenges organisations face in our modern, fast-paced, ever-changing world is sustaining, and indeed, improving institutional knowledge. How do individuals, groups, teams, managers and leaders stay on top of the mountains of information, conversations, data and input in a way that helps the organisation stay in touch with what it knows.

One answer is reports. Another is white papers. Another is keeping mounds of card deck presentations. And so it goes. Keeping it all together and in a way that is useful is nearly impossible, it would seem. Continue Reading…

Can graphic recording in meetings be fun, too?

Our fearless leader scribing on a large post it to add, doubtlessly great, content to our discussion.

Our fearless leader scribing on a large post it to add, doubtlessly great, content to our discussion.

If our internal meetings are anything to go by then the answer is “Yes!” graphic recording or scribing can add some elements of fun to meetings. And why not? Dull, droll, dour meetings, even if they are data driven, don’t engage or help with institutional memory (except maybe that our institution has dull, droll and dour meetings). The legacy we aim to achieve in Meeting Magic and Scribing Magic is a fun place to work with engaging and stimulating meetings. Can these happy campers be anything but fun to work with?!

One of our network members rests in the mess of a good days work.

One of our network members rests in the mess of a good days work.

What’s happened to leadership and why am I so flustered?

Leadership used to be a rung on the ladder of success. People aspired to leadership, especially after working hard in the trenches learning a thing or two developing skills and knowledge and even a bit of wisdom. Being the next great leader who would change the world, or at least one small bit of it, was a goal that demonstrated initiative and desire for advancement. Continue Reading…