Using Mind Maps Magazine Issue 34

Editor’s Note

Faizel Mohidin

I often get asked the question, ‘Why Mind Mapping?

This issue covers some good reasons why you should Mind Map, as well as some basic steps to get started.

It also adds 360 Degree thinking to the mix to help you to make better decisions and solve problems more effectively.

The featured Annual Biggerplate Survey also shares very good insights into how Mind Maps are being used by the Mind Mapping Community.

The survey shows that while there are still many barriers to getting started, once adopted, Mind Maps soon become an integral part of day to day working.

Why Mind Mapping?


“...Mind maps structure information.

Mind maps can store and structure vast amounts of information. They display hierarchy, show relationships between individual ideas and enable you to see the “big picture” at a glance. These features also make mind maps an ideal tool to (present information to others, create knowledge pools and solve complex problems.…"

Improve Your Decision Making Using 360 Degree Thinking

Adam Sicinski

‘…How we consistently think about our life and circumstances significantly influences the quality of life we live. In fact, your thoughts influence everything you do and feel. More specifically, they influence how you perceive the world around you, and as such they influence the emotions you experience throughout the day. And of course these emotions impact the actions you will take or refrain from taking. Therefore, your thoughts directly influence the results you are able to realize within each moment....'

15 ways visual collaboration tools supercharge remote brainstorming

By Chuck Frey

‘…Whiteboard-based collaboration tools like, ConceptBoard and StormBoard enable remote teams to brainstorm using a combination of words, images, sketches and other multimedia content. This ability to share visual prototypes of ideas helps teams accelerate the co-development of marketing materials, new product development and improvement and a host of other idea-centric business processes.

Here are 15 powerful ways in which visual collaboration tools enhance brainstorming and collaboration: ...'

Solve (Production) Crimes Just Like on TV, Only Better


‘...Faced with complex problems, how can quality management professionals access both the intimate details and the broad overview necessary to solve the crimes and misdemeanors of production? Consider mind mapping. It’s what some business professionals at 80 of the Fortune 100 companies call their “secret weapon” for managing information...'

Define your marketing strategy using this Marketing Plan Mind Map


“...In the modern era of social media proliferation, online advertising, and increasingly competitive and global markets for businesses, the role of marketing (and marketing professionals) in helping to understand the business landscape, and defining key strategic plans is perhaps more important than ever before. However, marketing is too often seen as a one way process, whereby the organisation ‘markets’ the goods or services outwards to an audience who may (or may not) be interested. Even worse, marketing is sometimes simply equated with advertising…"

How to Mind Map in Seven Steps

By Faizel Mohidin

‘…Take the time to learn how to Mind Map with these seven steps, and use the Mind Map principles to guide you....'

The Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model

By Tarek Fahmy

‘...There are many team performance models. Most of the people are aware about the FSNP Model (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing). One of the most powerful tools is the Drexler-Sibbet Performance Model. This model was invented by Alan Drexler (author of Team Performance - Creating and Sustaining Results) and David Sibbet (co-founder Grove Consultancy). The model shows the 7 predictable stages that teams go through to achieve best performance. The model helps to: ...'

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Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2016

"...It gives me great pleasure to present the 2016 Annual Mind Map Report. This year's report comprises responses and subsequent analysis from over 1,100 global participants, making it the most significant and comprehensive report of its kind…"

Learning Management Program Special Edition

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The Big Idea

Peter Drucker, the great management guru, correctly predicted:

“The most valuable asset of a 21st-century institution, whether business or non-business, will be its knowledge workers and their productivity."

As a knowledge worker, the importance of acquiring and managing your knowledge effectively has become an important skill simply to stay abreast, never mind getting ahead, in this turbulent world.

If you are doing a job that is not simple routing or repetitive work, but have to 'use your head’, then you are a knowledge worker...

Your Feedback

The first phase was to set up a scalable infrastructure that could deliver a well formatted interactive digital magazine seamlessly and easily to you.

The next phase is to find out what you would like to see, or what your problems are so that you are always getting relevant content.

Some of the best Mind Mapping Minds and Software vendors are featured in the magazine. So, if I don’t have an answer, I’m sure one of them will.

So, email me right now with what you would like to see in the Mag. I’ll be waiting...

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