Visualisation – a really useful tool

visualization toolVisualisation methods – a useful tool and the steps to excellence.

This short post is part of the build-up to the publication of the third habit “communicate visually and verbally” which covers the topic of visualisation and its applicability to taking strategic decisions.

For some time now on our “useful stuff” page, we have published  a periodic table of visualisation tools. However, many visitors do not spend time surfing the entire site and may have missed this excellent graphic developed by visual-literacy that is incredibly rich with information about visualisation tools.

Click on the link below to reach an interactive table. Hover over each “element” and you will see an example of the tool. The categorisation is also excellent.

A periodic table of visualisation methods

Also from the same source, their suggested steps to visual excellence (which we recommend you consider within the confines of Edwards Tufte’s work – see recommended reading for details)

The steps to visual excellence

Genesis Management Consulting frequently use visualisation tools in our problem solving and strategic decision making work; and have proved again and again the power of visualisation for communication, creativity and insight generation. Contact us for further details.

 

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Business intelligence for better decisions

Good business intelligence produces good decisions

If the “Second habit: actively manage knowledge” resonated with you, then you will enjoy this short blog by Strat-Wise where they discuss the next level of business intelligence which Gartner calls interactive visual analytics.  This is not simply graphical depiction of data, but rather the process of analytical reasoning using interactive visual interfaces.visual analytics

Two points in particualr that we find exciting are that

  • it is run by the user(s) of the information in real time and so must be intuitive and simple to operate. (For instance the decision making team).
  • it can link data from a variety of different sources – databases, spreadsheets, text, web, etc.

So it seems that the technology is now catching up with the business requirements: easy-to-use tools that help create insights from data and knowledge. The concept of visual analytics is based on the work by Edward Tufte (see Bloomberg article if you do not know of him), the father of simplicity in graphics. His book is now in the second edition (check out our book recommendations page).

You van find the the Strat-Wise article at this link
Strat-Wise : what is BI3.0

Whether you are a multinational or a small/medium-sized business, to discuss how Genesis Management Consulting and our partners are able to help you with the knowledge management required to support your strategic decisions, send an email to sgifford@genesis-esp.com .

 


Sleeping on your decisions

Sleeping on your decisions

An interesting blog was written by Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy in the HBR Blog based on the story that Barack Obama decided to have a nights sleep before making the decision to authorise the raid that killed Bin laden.businesswoman sleeping Their research shows that when considering a problem, it is often useful to have the mind “distracted” for a while and the subconscious then undertakes an active process that accurately weights the pros and cons of the decision to be taken.

This aligns with other thinking (including that of Genesis) on the topic. We believe in highly Labyrinthcomplex situations, although the left brain may be useful in structuring a logical process and perhaps “running the numbers”, it is the right brain that is better at grasping the holistic picture and dealing with the complexity. A good process is to immerse yourself (or your team) in the details and context of the decision (eg in the Genesis decision room mentioned in “The Second Habit”) – and then take a break! Allow your right brain to take over and the only way to do this is to get your left brain to “shut-up”. So be it having a sleep, going for a run or, as Dan Pink describes in his book “A whole new mind”, go for a walk in a labyrinth and let your left brain worry about where it is walking and free your right brain to be creative and develop solutions.

Read the article at:

“A counter-intuitive approach to making complex decisions”

Talk to us at Genesis Management Consulting to see how we can help your team “improve lives through better decisions!”