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Solve Any Problem with Pictures

Solve Any Problem with Pictures

  • Strategic, financial, operational, conceptual, personal, and emotional: It doesn’t matter the nature of the problem we face—if we can imagine it, we can draw it.
  • By drawing it we will see otherwise invisible aspects, and potential solutions will emerge.
  • Drawing our problem is always worth a try: Even in the worst case—if no solution becomes visible—we’ll still end up with an infinitely clearer view of our situation. 

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Black Pen, Yellow Pen, Red Pen:

Black Pen, Yellow Pen, Red Pen:

There are three kinds of visual thinkers:

  1. The black pen : People who can’t wait to start drawing.
  2. The highlighters : Those who are happy to add to someone else’s work.
  3. The red pen : Those who question it all—right up to the moment they pick up the red pen and redraw it all. 

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THE FOUR STEPS OF VISUAL THINKING

THE FOUR STEPS OF VISUAL THINKING

1. Collect everything we can to look at—the more the better.

2. Have a place where we can lay out everything and really look at it all, side by side. 

3. Always define a basic coordinate system to give us clear orientation and position.

4. Find ways to cut ruthlessly from everything our eyes bring in—we need to practice visual triage. 

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The Garage Sale Principle: How Do We Even Know What We’ve Got?

The Garage Sale Principle: How Do We Even Know What We’ve Got?

  • The garage sale principle: Everything looks different when we can see it all at once. 
  • Regardless of how well organized all the stuff in our garage may be, laying everything out on tables in the light of day yields a completely new perspective on it all. The same is true for data.

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Breakdown Any Complex Problem Into 6 Questions(6W)

Breakdown Any Complex Problem Into 6 Questions(6W)

1. Who and what ?

2. How much ?

3. When ? 

4. Where ?

5. How ?

6. Why ? 

The 6 W’s are used as coordinates for almost every descriptive picture we’re likely to face. 

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THE SQVID

THE SQVID

The SQVID is just a series of five questions that we walk our initial idea through in order to bring it to visual clarity and to refine its focus.

  • QUESTION 1: SIMPLE OR ELABORATE? 
  • QUESTION 2: QUALITY OR QUANTITY? 
  • QUESTION 3: VISION OR EXECUTION?
  • QUESTION 4: INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPARISON?
  • QUESTION 5: THE WAY THINGS ARE VERSUS THE WAY THEY COULD BE ( D (Delta) is for Change )

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What We Show And What We See

What We Show And What We See

  1. a PORTRAIT for a “who” or “what” problem;
  2. a CHART for a “how much” problem;
  3. a MAP for a “where” problem;
  4. a TIMELINE for a “when” problem;
  5. a FLOWCHART for a “how” problem; or
  6. a MULTIPLE-VARIABLE PLOT for a “why” problem.

From just these six, we have the backbone framework for any problem-solving picture. 

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Problem Solving

The Swiss Army Knife Of Problem Solving

It has several different blades to help visually solve almost any kind of problem.

  1.  First are our three basic visual thinking tools: our eyes, our mind’s eye, and our hand-eye coordination.
  2. Next, Four steps : look, see, imagine, and show.
  3. Then we have the SQVID, the five questions that help us open our mind’s eye.(👆)
  4. Last come the six ways we see: who/what, how much, where, when, how, and why.

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Actionable Steps

Actionable Steps

  1. First take a pen and a paper (/napkin), draw a circle and label it with me or health or business or whatever.
  2. Then, ask the 6 questions (6W) in proper order for your problem then draw with imagination 💭 and label it . Once you finish all 6 questions , you get clarity about your problem or maybe solution .
  3. Then use SQVID questions to your problem, you will get solution or get a crystal clear view of the problem.

Go through all the pictures , you will get it.

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Doodle Aloud—and Erase Even Louder

Doodle Aloud—and Erase Even Louder

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

The point of a good picture isn’t to eliminate words; it’s to replace as many as possible so that the words we do use are the important ones. So as you work through your picture, make a point of describing—even if it’s only to yourself—what the pieces mean and why you’re drawing them.

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Talking In Pictures

Talking In Pictures

  • The human brain is a remarkable problem-solving device: More often than not, we already know the solution to our problem—usually because we’ve seen it somewhere before—but it’s locked away just out of grasp.
  • When we see our problem mapped out in front of us pictorially, the solution often jumps right off the page. Don’t worry about what your picture looks like; concentrate on what it shows. 

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“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'HOW' and 'WHY' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” — Stephen Hawking

The Back of the Napkin proves that thinking with pictures can help anyone discover and develop new ideas, solve problems in unexpected ways, and dramatically improve our ability to share our insights. This book will help readers literally see the world in a new way.

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