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Think Like a Genius

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To express and represent people’s ideas, feelings, knowledge, views, insights, experiences, and the like in new ways using multidimensional symbolic models that help improve human communication and foster understanding. 

  • Uncovers “cultural assumptions” that are sinking an organization so that they can be changed, and the organization not only survives but flourishes 
  • Willingness to examine assumptions about using “unusual” methods to collaborate and to share personal knowledge and expertise while leveraging the organization’s resources 
  • More openness to far-reaching, exploratory, and experimental approaches to innovation and “borderless thinking” 

When to Use: 

  • To represent individual explicit and tacit knowledge or personal life experiences in memorable ways 
  • To collaboratively create new ideas 
  • To establish a sense of trust and true community 
  • To create and share new knowledge that can spark innovations 

When Not to Use: 
  • When you don’t care what other people think about your ideas, your mission, your plans, your sense of success or purpose 
  • If you don’t care to hear, see, or know what your coworkers have to say 

Number of Participants: 
12–1,200 or more 

Types of Participants: 
  • Internal and external stakeholders 
  • Experts in the field or profession 
  • Intact teams, cross-functional groups, consumers, clients, and the like 

Typical Duration: 
  • Preparation: 3 hours–1 day 
  • Process: 3 hours–1 day 
  • Follow-up: Within 1 week 

Brief Example:
Immediately following a strategic planning and implementation workshop at NTT/Verio, the Verio CEO in America presented a detailed “Distillation Drawing” that translated the workshop’s accomplishments to the NTT CEO in Japan. The drawing helped the NTT visionary quickly understand what needed to build on the recommendations offered by the senior executives of NTT who had participated in this hands-on workshop. 

Historical Context: 
Created by Todd Siler in 1978 with organizations and in 1993 with individuals. The Magdalenian cave painters of the Ice Age in Altimira, northern Spain, and Lascaux, France, were the first in recorded history to use symbolic objects as visual stories to express human experiences of the world.