Thursday, 14 October 2010

Creating Organizational Charts

Mind Maps are not the only visual, diagrammatical, management technique that exists to help people understand problems, gain insights, and come up with practical, innovative solutions.

Over the years a number of visual techniques have been developed and gained world-wide acceptance as valuable improvement and productivity tools and are widely taught and used as business development techniques.

For example, the organogram diagram is extremely useful for visually displaying an organizational structure where there is a definite top-down hierarchy, necessary perhaps when an organization is large and complex. The organogram allows you to outline the structure and relationships between different members of staff. Even when your organization is smaller, it can help everyone to clearly see the hierarchy. MindGenius contains an organogram view and also allows you to add information on the relationships between different people by adding categories.

As well as this, the organogram view can be used to map out relationships between different contacts in a customer organization, by Sales Teams, or be used to map team personality traits via an established technique such as Myers-Briggs.

Fig. 1: Example Sales Map outlining type of contact by category.
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Fig. 2: Categories used in Sales Map.
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Fig. 3: Map with Myers Briggs Personality Types added.
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Myers Briggs is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. On the basis of your answers to the test, you are placed into one of sixteen types. What type you are says quite a bit about you - your likes and dislikes, your likely career choices, your compatibility with others, and so on. Again using categories, you can assign different personality traits to different people. You can also show links and relationships between people by adding mental connections, or add pictures so you know who each individual is. Doing this allows the chart, if required, to go beyond formal relationships and show how people interact together.

Fig. 4: Categories used in Myers Briggs Map to show personality types
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To find out your own, or your teams Personality type, visit
Have you used MindGenius for this purpose?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like this idea - I work in Sales and can see the benefit of mapping out my contacts in an organization and how they connect to each other. This means I can share knowledge of contacts within my own team, for example when the account is passed on to account management post-sales.

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