Crackerjack Visual Thinking is excited to be #graphicrecording at The Rubik’s Cube of Childhood Brain Injury tomorrow for the @childrens_trust #NPBIC18

Crackerjack is very much looking forward to graphic recording at tomorrow’s (20/6/18) Rubik’s Cube of Childhood Brain Injury conference for the Children’s Trust at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Here’s a little visual I created for them in advance of the event:

Childrens Trust 20th June 2018 Event

To find out more about how we can help you create a lasting visual memory of your next event, please CONTACT US.

1 hour to draw a global IT strategy for a CIO! #visualthinking #graphicrecording

Today I’m off to spend 1 hour with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Interflora’s owner FTD Companies. In that hour I’ll be capturing his vision for the companies global IT strategy using the trusty visual thinking tools of pens and paper. Ironic given that it’s an IT strategy!

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Should be fun!

John

“An idea that remains trapped in your head serves no purpose” #visualthinking #communicate

An idea that remains trapped in your head serves no purpose.

The above is rather a blunt statement – but is intrinsically true.

If you have a great idea but are not able to articulate it to others or implement it by yourself, then nothing will have been gained by having an idea that could have been the ‘next big thing’!

That’s why helping people find ways of unlocking their thinking and then sharing this with others is so critical to all organisations.

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In my experience, helping people visualise their thinking through sketches, diagrams and doodles (either by encouraging them to do this themselves or capturing their thinking for them) helps them focus their thinking, experiment more freely with their ideas and find ways to more easily explain their ideas to others.

The creativity of the visualisation process adds a new dynamic and energy that cannot usually be achieved through simply talking about an idea.

So, why not get your teams to visualise their thinking at your next team meeting and see what great ideas can be released from your teams heads!

John

To find out more about how Crackerjack can help you develop your ideas, please CONTACT US.

#Visualising Interflora’s #strategy, developing an aerospace #explainer #animation and #graphicrecording an NHS event: all in a weeks work for www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Using visual thinking approaches to share complex information is increasingly recognised as an really effective element of organisational engagement initiatives across many sectors. The last week has proved this!

I’ve been working at an event to visualise Interflora’s strategy, created a whiteboard style explainer video for a major aerospace organisation and graphic recorded at an NHS Neuro-Rehabilitation workshop (take a look at my Twitter feed @johnashtonuk to read some of the feedback about this).

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Graphic recording created live at NHS Neuro-Rehabilition event

In all cases, visual thinking approaches have helped to turn ideas and thoughts into tangible visual reality across this broad range of organisations.

To find more about how Crackerjack can help you engage your people through visual thinking approaches, please Contact Us.

All the best,

John

John Ashton – Director

#Engage people, increase #understanding and improve #communication by embedding #visualthinking into the way your #organisation works

If a picture speaks a thousand words, just imagine how enabling your people to think visually can help improve communication and creativity in your organisation!

Helping your people to communicate more effectively and share ideas more easily can be a key method of increasing creativity and productivity in your organisation. Put simply, the quicker your people can generate great ideas and share them with others, the quicker these ideas can be turned into (profitable) reality.

Developing your people’s visual thinking skills…

Providing your people with the skills to enable them to share their thinking visually using drawings and sketches can supercharge this ability in your organisation. A single picture could replace a multi-page report or a bullet-pointed multi-page slide show. 10 minutes around a whiteboard could develop a new product idea or find a way to save time in your production process.

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Our Scribble Labs provide you with options for developing these visual thinking skills. We offer a range of workshops ranging from simply developing drawings skills through to helping people facilitate meetings using visual approaches.

Visual thinking support when your organisation needs it…

In addition to developing the visual thinking skills of your people, it can be helpful to call in additional visual thinking support to facilitate creative collaboration and visualisation of more complex ideas. This leaves your people free to get involved in the ideation and productive discussions that visually facilitated meetings can generate.

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Crackerjack offers visual collaboration support for meetings along with a number of approaches to visualising ideas.

Embedding visual thinking into your organisation…

Developing the visual thinking skills of your people alongside calling in visual thinking support when you need it will allow visual thinking approaches to begin to permeate your organisation. The more people experience the visual way of working, the more they will engage with it and begin to see it as ‘the way we share ideas around here’.

Crackerjack can work with you to embed visual thinking into your organisation. In addition to the approaches detailed above, we can also help to embed visual approaches into areas such as learning and development interventions and induction programmes.

To find our more about how Crackerjack can help you embed visual thinking into your organisation, please CONTACT US.

In addition, please take a look at our 1 minute guide below to find the right visual thinking approach for your needs and use the menu above to explore the different visual thinking approaches available from Crackerjack.

1 minute animated guide to finding the right #visualthinking approach for your organisations #learning, #engagement, #collaboration and #communication needs

Crackerjack Visual Thinking helps people think, learn and collaborate more effectively using a range of visual thinking approaches that engage people, increase understanding and improve communication.

Take a look at our 1 minute guide below to find the right visual thinking approach for your needs and then contact us and visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com to discuss your specific requirements in more detail.

Great day helping the #Interflora leadership team #develop their #visualthinking skills!

I spent yesterday running a Scribble Lab session with the Interflora senior leadership team helping them being to develop their visual thinking skills – in particular their drawing and graphic recording techniques.

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It was great to see the team really engage with the workshop and commit to using the tools and techniques learnt during the Scribble Lab session to help visualise, explore, clarify and communicate both their own and their teams thinking.

To find out more about how Crackerjack Visual Thinking can help you, please CONTACT US.

John

John Ashton
Director
Crackerjack Visual Thinking

Crackerjack Visual Thinking to develop the #visualthinking skills of the #Interflora senior leadership team

I’m pleased to share with you that Crackerjack Visual Thinking will be working with the Interflora senior leadership team (SLT) in November to help them develop their visual thinking skill set.

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We’ll be focussing on helping them develop both confidence and technique in drawing and also capturing information visually in a live environment.

The goal will be to enable the SLT to begin using these approaches in their own meetings to drive better conversations and enable ideas to be explored and captured more effectively.

If you and your colleagues would also benefit from developing these visual thinking skills, please do CONTACT US.

John Ashton
Director – Crackerjack Visual Thinking

Variety is the spice of [#visualthinking] life! #communicate #think #engage

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog over the last few weeks as we’ve been working on a variety of new projects. Variety is definitely the right word as over the last couple of weeks we’ve been involved in:

  • Developing a hand-drawn animation to help people better understand the UK Power Network

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  • Helping to capture how care services can be better designed for those with dementia and other cognitive conditions

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  • Developing a hand-drawn animation to raise awareness of health and safety across a large multi-national aerospace organisation…
  • Developing a rich of picture of how a ‘Model Hospital‘ operates…
  • Working with a senior team to visualise what a great place to work looks like…

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This variety demonstrates how visual thinking approaches can successfully help all types of organisations to have better conversations and share ideas and information more effectively.

To discuss how visual thinking could help your organisation, please CONTACT US