Archive for the 'organizational' Category

Culture Change

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

An approach to culture change within an organization.

Planning a Planning System

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

A graphic representation of how to approach creating a person centered planning system.

Presentations Workshop

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Last Friday I led a four hour workshop on giving presentations. The audience was primarily parents who have children with disabilities. These parents are very active in the community as advocates, educators, and activists and sought new ideas for communicating their message. These are the day’s graphics.

I organized the class into three basic sections: Content, Methods, and People. Of course, these elements all overlap to create a successful presentation, but by taking each in turn, we didn’t get overwhelmed.

We discussed ways to hone in on and organize content. My guiding principles are clarity, honesty, simplicity, immediacy and impact.

We talked about four common methods for presenting information. I discussed the limitations of PowerPoint presentations and the benefits of using graphics as a way to share ideas and informations.

I divided the People section into two parts: the Audience and the Presenter. Throughout I emphasized the idea of a call-to-action. What do these people need to know right now? What do you want them to do tomorrow? I’ve worked in human services long enough to know that if you don’t provide clear instructions and a strong impetus, even the best idea will die slowly and painfully in committee.

The last section of the day was about the Presenter. At Chloe’s feet you’ll find practical ideas for making your presentations go smoothly. Arrayed around her head are many of the more conceptual ideas that guide a good presentation.

Many thanks to Darlyne Sahara, Gwenda LedBetter, Fred Lashley and Jim Johnston for their contributions to making this workshop a success.

Planning Graphics: Small scale project management

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I have been doing a small stone work project in Chapel Hill recently. This is a 3.5 hour drive from home which encourages me to plan the project in greater detail. I can’t run home to grab a chisel I forgot I needed. This graphic shows the way I organized the project for myself on an odd scrap of big paper. I was particularly concerned about the hidden costs of working so far away- forgetting an important tool, not realizing that running the truck is way more costly, etc. The dollar signs represent my costs of doing business (gas, materials, hotel, etc.) I had my specific budget numbers at the bottom of the page. It has worked exceptionally well so far. I did before the bid was finalized to make sure I covered my costs and have used it as a guide since the work started, to make sure I hit milestones and am properly prepared.

Here’s the work so far. Just waiting for the ironwork to be completed.

The Daily Icon: Tax Galaxy

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A recent question on LinkedIn asked about how people deal with to do lists and keeping things organized. I responded with a link to my galaxy. Mark Bradford of Our Web Department was inspired enough by my reply to make his own and kind enough to share it with me. And as Mark pointed out, it’s a solar system, not a galaxy.
I like Mark’s version and some of the fun things he did to make it his own. Hard to discern in this low res capture, the green planet to the top is the Tax Planet and features a huge dollar sign on its surface. There’s a comet at the bottom that represents the fun projects he has going on as well. He reported it took about five minutes and was fun to do. The next question- in a couple of weeks- will be, did it help organize things and get stuff done?
Mark, thanks for sharing.


The Daily Icon: Tiniest Book Layout

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

I taped a penny onto my wall to show just how tiny this proposed layout of a book is. I was at the library when I stumbled on this idea for organizing my book on facilitation graphics in this way. I had limited paper, but apparently I did have scissors. The book itself will be a more regular size.


The Daily Icon: 23 February 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

In the latest issue of Fast Company, the Heath brothers of Made to Stick fame discuss whisker goals, a good way to make changes in your world, particularly in crisis times. In the current economic climate, people are not making radical professional or personal changes- at least not by choice. But holding still is even more dangerous; incremental movement is still movement.

I am a sucker for crossing stuff of lists, which is harder to do when working in increments. I recently reorganized my action plan/to-do list into a galaxy poster. I wanted to try a new representation and it was fun to draw. At the same time I came up with a new tracking system, one that measures increments in a positive, encouraging way. At the end of every day I go to the poster and put orange dots next to things I worked on in some way, shape or form. If I made progress I earned a dot. In one corner of my galaxy I write the date and then put down the number of dots I got that day. I aim for four dots a day but have topped out at eight a couple of times. This doesn’t accurately measure if I worked like heck on one thing all day, but I’m trying to keep myself rolling, not create data metrics. It’s been a successful system for me. I look forward to getting out the marker and I can track where I’m making good progress and what things are being neglected. And since it’s on a big poster on my wall, the information (and motivation) is never far away.