Thinking outside the box? Great, but sometimes all you have to do is to rename the box…
The story behind the mind map, a meeting of minds
written by Niall Daly
Clearing Space a UK-based consultancy developed an approach and toolkit to help business owners more effectively think through business issues. The approach is based on helping people use the whole range of thinking styles, left and right brain. I wanted to illustrate the approach in a mind map to bring to life the approach with words and images. The initial draft in iMindmap, went onto the leading mind map community site biggerplate.com. Business consultant Hans Buskes, himself a professional mind mapper saw the map and saw some limitations with the style and content. Hans, working in Holland, worked to enhance the maps effectiveness with better structure and more powerful imagery. Hans worked through the initial version and showed how better structuring of the order of the map supported by more powerful central image made the mind map a powerful communication tool. In addition the email discussion provided a better insight into the description of the process and led to refine the approach. The final result is shown above. This proves the adage that two brains are better than one, the initial idea was built on and significantly improved through open exchange of ideas. This despite the fact that the both of us have never actually met.
Niall Daly can be found at Clearing Space
— Chris Griffiths (@GriffithsThinks) January 11, 2012