A surprisingly simple way to unlock your most difficult problem (in just 5 minutes!)

clarity visual tools Oct 16, 2018

 

Have you ever had the experience of thinking about a problem all the time, so that you can’t even sleep because it won’t let you go, even in the middle of the night?

The problem is too complicated. Each time one door to a solution starts to open, another two doors are closing.

The solution seems near, but every time you think it through it slips away…

You are starting to get a headache from thinking about it!

Sound familiar? I've been there often enough.

And yet, I would argue that you can overcome this hurdle with a time investment of only 5 minutes! Seriously - that should be plenty. As I'm working on the materials for my upcoming workshop in Boston, I wanted to share this concept with you.

The big hurdle is the way we typically approach the problem-solving process. I call this your design brief. The design brief is the way you help yourself understand your issue. Without understanding your problem clearly, the solution will be hard to find.

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You're not just one person

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2018

 

"We're not just one person with one set of skills.
We never are.
We are the ones that are needed at this very moment."


This moment could be a meeting, workshop, conversation or just walking in the park. Remember that you will have different strategies, ways of acting and tools at hand for that different kind of moments. This thought was inspired by my participation at @EUVIZ2018 in Denmark

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A mental model that helps you gain clarity

Uncategorized Feb 21, 2018

 

Is there a way to work visually and tangibly without needing to draw something? Can a mental approach increase creativity? How do I decide as a leader what kind of tools and methods to use in a workshop? These are the questions I've pondered for more than two years.

 

Mental Models

A mental model is defined as being a set of rules or a structured thinking process, and it can help to navigate through complex issues. This has shown to be true with many leaders of the past and the present. Elon Musk is famous for utilizing diverse mental models. One of them is “Design from first principles” - at its core, this model declares, that you approach projects as if nobody ever before had done something similar. For example, Musk approached the first space rocket design of Space X as if nobody had built a rocket yet. This thinking clears of assumptions and lets you plan on a fresh plate. With this mental model in mind, Elon Musk approaches every creation project.

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