I have to confess I subscribe to Harvard Business Review more out of a sense of obligation than anything else (I run a B2B business, so I really should read HBR).
Hey, I’m a creative. The hardcore “businessy” articles honestly bore the bejeezus out of me, but some of the articles are about the human side of business, and those are the ones that perk up my ears, because that’s what fascinates me.
After all, I run a consultancy that exists specifically to help companies with this stuff: human interaction stuff, “soft skills,” communication, alignment, values, and how all of this has a profound impact on the success (or lack thereof) of a business.
Anyway, back to HBR.
The other day I was delighted to find an article in the March-April 2018 issue that was right up my alley as a creative. It’s called “Better Brainstorming,” by Hal Gregersen, and it describes a type of brainstorming Gregersen calls the “question burst,” which takes only four minutes, and generates questions, rather than answers.
I was fascinated with this type of brainstorming, and decided to draw up sketchnotes of the article, which I’ve posted below.
Listen to the podcast for my summary of my notes, and then give it a try. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this method!
I’ve only had a chance to try it once myself so far, and have found it challenging to stick with questions, and to write them down verbatim. (Also, I forgot to set a timer — doh!) Still, I found the exercise fruitful. It brought up some ideas I hadn’t considered, which is exactly the point!
Are you interested in learning to tip your toe into the waters of visual notetaking? Just today I found this article by Craighton Berman, Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Notetaking. It’s a great place to start!
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