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Leading through Visualization


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An Educational Leadership class presentation describing how to use data and information visualization in team leadership, change management, and complex problem solving. Also skills for developing infographics

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Leading through Visualization

  1. 1. Leading through Visualization Laura Gogia, MD, PhD Associate Director, The Grace E Harris Leadership Institute Virginia Commonwealth University @googleguacamole - - Photo by Bench Accounting,
  2. 2. The demands of leadership are different today than they used to be.
  3. 3. Traditional Leadership Model: Information flows in one direction. Power comes from authority (official position or title). Leadership is hierarchical, commanding, controlling. Made with
  4. 4. The world is more complex than it used to be. Constantly change | Sticky problems |Information abundance.
  5. 5. The focus is no longer on the single person or product. We focus on relationships. Information | Sources | People | Workflows.
  6. 6. Modern Leadership Model: Information flows from multiple directions. Power comes from influence (ability to impact behavior of others). Leadership is networked, collaborative, inclusive, transformative. Made with
  7. 7. Transparency & Accountability Pattern Identification & Strategy Relationship Building & Networking Reflective Practice Change Management Collaborative, Creative, Inclusive, and Design Leadership share certain behaviors or competencies:
  8. 8. Information visualization is tool for putting these competencies into practice.
  9. 9. Modern Leadership Model: Information flows from multiple directions. Power comes from influence (ability to impact behavior of others). Leadership is networked, collaborative, inclusive, transformative. Made with
  10. 10. Connection to theory: Constructionism. Good visualization makes the abstract concrete. Students faced with performing or creating a product for an audience will learn more deeply because they must externalize their thoughts for the purpose of sharing them. Once thoughts are made explicit, they can be studied, refined, and made sharper through the process. Harel & Papert, 1991
  11. 11. Meeting posts for collaboration Big pictures for planning and decision making Tools for pathfinding Power of Visualizations
  12. 12. Visualizations are a meeting post. Important for: Collaboration and sharing Transparency and accountability Photo by Annie Spratt,
  13. 13. Made with
  14. 14. Visualizations offer a big picture. Important for: Systems planning Dynamic decisions Photo by Todd Diemer,
  15. 15. Visualizations support pathfinding. Important for: Evaluation Reflective practice Photo by Jean-Frederic Fortier,
  16. 16. Inputs & Outputs Measurable Outcomes The Relationships Between Them RESOURCE Logic Models
  17. 17. Made with Power Point
  18. 18. The application of reflection for the purpose of strategic planning and action Reflective Practice
  19. 19. Made with Reflective Practice
  20. 20. Critical Incident Analysis Posing problems about practice, refusing to accept 'what is.' Exploring incidents which occur in day-to-day work in order to understand them better and find alternative ways of dealing with them. RESOURCES
  21. 21. Made with & Adaptedfrom:ReportonthezoologicalcollectionsmadeintheIndo-Pacific OceanduringthevoyageofH.M.S.'Alert'1881-2.London:Printedbyorder oftheTrustees,
  22. 22. Adaptedfrom:ReportonthezoologicalcollectionsmadeintheIndo- PacificOceanduringthevoyageofH.M.S.'Alert'1881-2.London: PrintedbyorderoftheTrustees,1884. Made with &
  23. 23. Design Basics Content first | Tell a story | Write in data paragraphs | Simplicity is discipline RESOURCES Tufte, E. (2006). Beautiful Evidence. Graphics Press, LLC. Garr, R. (2011). Presentation Zen. New Riders. Lupi, G. & Posavec, S. (2016). Dear Data. Princeton Architectural Press
  24. 24. A visual is only as good as the content you present and your impact is only as good as your documentation. Identify yourself Cite your sources Credit your art Make it easy to check your work Content first.
  25. 25. Tell a story. Write the story first, as you would for any article. Lay out your narrative or argument in a logical, compelling order.
  26. 26. Part 1of 3 para i. Title and subtitle para ii. introduction Why it matters to employees para iii. introduction Why it matters to employers
  27. 27. para iv. background Basic science, general para v. background Basic science, specific para vi. argument Increased productivity is probably related to health benefits Part 2 of 3
  28. 28. Part 3 of 3 para vii. argument Benefits differ by musical genre para viii. argument Here are some ways to be strategic with your listening para ix. references Full citations and authorship
  29. 29. Write in data paragraphs. Data paragraphs are made of numbers, words, and graphics. Consider what each is bringing to the understanding. REFERENCE Tufte, E. (2006). Beautiful Evidence. Graphics Press, LLC. hotobyBrunoMartins,
  30. 30. DATA PARAGRAPH (June 28, 2017) NumbersGraphics Words Graphics
  31. 31. 2012FeltronAnnualReport In data paragraphs, every graphic element has a purpose.
  32. 32. Simplicity is discipline. In matters of design, more is never better Direct labeling when possible Three to five colors One to two fonts Limit unnecessary punctuation (e.g. bullets, colons)
  34. 34. BOOK Lupton, E. (2004). Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers. Princeton Architectural Press. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS graphy/20-perfect-type-pairings- 3132120 WHEN IN DOUBT Helvetica. Garamond. Franklin Gothic. UnderstandingFONTSSARIFSansSerif