The Diagrams Book


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The Diagrams Book came out on April 1st 2013. it contains 50 ways to solve any problem visually. It has sold 5,000 copies and been translated into Korean, Chinese, German, and Japanes. Visit

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The Diagrams Book

  1. 1. 50 ways to solve any problem visually. A taster.
  2. 2. • A design classic• Essence of any 1/2/3 sequence• Space in middle adds 4th component• The power of interlocking
  3. 3. • Platform, transition, peak• High to low volume• Best with numbers
  4. 4. • Essence of any negotiation• Crucial and irrefutable ally• The power of “If...”
  5. 5. • Only 3 things matter• Apply to yourself• Use for appraisals
  6. 6. • How to tell a strategic story• Start broad, then reduce• Recommend with clarity
  7. 7. • Direction & encapsulation• Clarity from grids• The significance of top right• Inside or outside the box?
  8. 8. • Disengage from emotion of old/new• Objective analysis of habits• Powerful template for action
  9. 9. • Everything’s urgent• How to get stuff done• How to ignore irrelevant stuff
  10. 10. • Win the business with one diagram• Plot any market• Encapsulate strategy visually
  11. 11. • How to view a negotiation• Get what you want• Understand what you don’t
  12. 12. • Completeness• Non-linear• Overlapping or discrete• Segments and satellites
  13. 13. • How to explain ideas clearly• Sub-sets and interrelationships• Themes and fertility of ideas
  14. 14. • Understanding colleagues• Understanding what role to perform• Realizing it can change by the minute
  15. 15. • Time - a difficult concept• When to expend effort• False views of ‘the year’• Deadlines and Livelines
  16. 16. • Human nature to delay• Unfortunate consequences of doing so• Better understanding and use of time
  17. 17. • Why companies are usually unrealistic• Predicting when things will happen• Sensible forecasting
  18. 18. • Distinguishing between the two• Planning realistically• Doing a few things well
  19. 19. • Going with the flow• Rivers, dams, funnels, & buckets• Decision moments• Imbalances and rough edges
  20. 20. • From okay, to good, to exceptional• Weed out unhelpful projects• Concentrate on the truly remarkable
  21. 21. • Perfect story telling• Reduce, reveal, expand• Cadence and pace of a presentation
  22. 22. A PUZZLE FOR YOU ....... Draw nine dots on a blank page like this. Now try to join all the dots using no more than four lines, and without taking the pen off the paper.
  23. 23. To find out the answer, buy the book or ask Kevin to speak.