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.

Transparency means being visible, being seen, being open. It can also mean having clarity. Being clear. Communicating clearly. Yet building text and card deck reports still seems to be the way of business.

In the fast, day-to-day-ness of our world it is so very easy to quickly lose focus and therefore lose clarity, which means transparency is frequently lost. The fast pace of our world isn’t going to change. So what can be done to aid clarity and transparency while maintaining the day-to-day work flow.

Visual thinking inherently means clarity and transparency. Working in a graphic, visual framework in meetings, and sustaining that way of working within the overall meeting culture, will make visible the thoughts, process, agreements, commitments and reviews that organisations must share with each other and with their stakeholders. How much more transparent and clear is communication that is seen and shared and used as a focal point for dialog and communication.

We can help you understand this better by showing you how graphic recording, stroymaps, infographics and other visual thinking tools and techniques support clarity and transparency. The world does not need to go opaque. The windows of insight can be clear so all can see what you are doing and how you are doing it. We can help with clarity and transparency. Call us.

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