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Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organization Change

ISBN: 978-1-118-47165-4
256 pages
December 2012
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What Visual Meetings did for meetings and Visual Teams did for teams, this book does for leaders

Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organizationchange through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies organization wide—literally "trans-forming" communications and people's sense of what is possible. It describes seven essential tools for visual leaders—mental models, visual meetings, graphic templates, decision theaters, roadmaps, Storymaps, and virtual visuals—and examples of methods for implementation throughout an organization.

  • Written for all levels of leadership in organizations, from department heads through directors, heads of strategic business units, and "C" level executives
  • Explores how communications has become interactive and graphic and how these tools can be used to shape direction and align people for implementation
  • Brings tools, methods and frameworks to life with stories of real organizations modeling these practices

Visual Leaders answers the question of how design thinking and visual literacy can help to orient leaders to the complexity of contemporary organizations in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.

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Table of Contents


Tracking a Visual Revolution xiii

Part One: The Visual Leadership Advantage

1. Seven Essential Tools / Metaphors & Models, Visual Meetings, Graphic Templates, Decision Rooms, Roadmaps, Storymaps, & Video 3

2. Seeing Results in Action / Why Leaders Get Visual 11

3. How to Run Visual Meetings / What Every Manager Should Know 33

Part Two: Looking At Your Own Leadership

4. What Is Your “Operating System”? / The Power (& Peril) of Mental Models 51

5. What Kind of Organization Do You Lead? / Linking Tools to Stages of Development 61

6. Developing Your Visual IQ / How Visualizing Makes You Smarter 73

Part Three: Power Tools for Visual Leaders

7. Metaphors & Models / Helping People See What You Mean 91

8. Visual Meetings / Stimulating Engagement & Creative Contribution 107

9. Graphic Templates / Visuals for Any Kind of Planning 115

10. Decision Rooms / Making Choices in a Big Picture Context 129

11. Roadmaps & Visual Plans / Managing Milestones & Swim Lanes 139

12. Graphic Storymaps / Connecting Plans with Culture 147

13. Video & Virtual Visuals / Mobile Video, Tablets, Animation, & Panoramic Display 157

Part Four: Managing the New Media

14. Technology & Visualization / Enabling the Right Tools 171

15. Virtual Leadership / Communicating with Intention & Impact 181

Part Five: Leading Organization Change

16. Anticipating the Need to Change / Putting Visual Tools to Work 193

17. The Chrysalis Effect / Creating the Conditions for Transformation 205

Part Six: Links, Books, & Other Resources

18. Websites & Bibliography 215

Appendix / About Arthur M. Young 223

Index 224

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Author Information

David Sibbet is a world leader in visual facilitation and visual thinking for groups. He is the founder and president of The Grove Consultants International, a company whose leading edge group-process tools and services for panoramic visualization, graphic facilitation, team leadership, and organizational transformation are used by consultants and organizations around the world. Sibbet was the visual cartographer for the 2008 TED conference. Also in 2008, he received the OD Network Member Award for Creative Contribution to the field of organizational development.
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Press Release

February 06, 2013
Use Visual Facilitation Best Practices to Lead Your Organization Through Change

“I couldn’t put this book down.” —Nancy Duarte, bestselling author of slide:ology & Resonate

David Sibbet has pioneered the change towards visual thinking for decades. Now, with this third book focused on leaders, he gives you a powerful toolbox of visual tips and  techniques to help you be more creative, increase productivity, and lead focused and inspiring meetings. Beyond all of that, he shows that working visually is more fun, too.”

—Adam Somlai-Fischer, co-founder and head of design, Prezi

Visual Leaders is the capstone book in David Sibbet’s three-part Visual Leadership Series, alongside best-seller Visual Meetings (2010) and Visual Teams (2011). Visual Leaders shows leaders and managers how to benefit from the visual revolution that is driving design, science, facilitation, and research on cognition.

David Sibbet, President of The Grove Consultants International and a world leader in graphic facilitation and visual thinking, draws on more than 40 years’ experience working with private, public, and non-profit sectors. He shares from a vast storehouse of visual facilitation practices for getting engagement and alignment in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Sibbet helps leaders and managers raise their own and their organizations’ visual IQs, aiding their jobs of strategy formation, implementation, and change.

Visual Leaders is written for organizational leaders and managers at all levels of the organization. It provides an overview of best practices using visual meeting and visual team methodologies, surveying the wide range of available technologies supporting visual communication. This dynamic four-color book is packed with examples and exercises that will complement any leader’s tool set.

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