The person with the most authority and credibility is not the one who is most confident or forceful in today’s workplace. We have become immune to force and many find that the more you attempt to convince, the less convincing you become. Work instead to find the ultra solution—the one that moves beyond all those on the table that are usually presented as mutually exclusive options. Gain authority by replacing the “or” that is stamped between different ideas with an “and.” That way you can suggest ideas that take the entire group to a higher level where many things are possible and many things can be true at once. Something such as, “Do we want to cut cost or increase quality?” becomes, “How do we cut costs and increase quality at the same time? Here is an idea.”
Graphic recorders transcribe and organize group dialogues instantly into visual metaphors and mind maps. The visual maps enable participants to build upon other’s ideas. The group sees their conversation develop before them, thus creating a shared information base.
The visual record of a discussion streamlines meeting productivity by increasing clarity, focusing conversation, and reducing repetition. The group can amend their ideas in real time. This interaction with the materials increases individual participation and builds group trust. The team’s engagement promotes heightens critical thinking and strategic planning, resulting in more innovative and creative results.