Archive for June, 2008

Mindjet’s Interactive Quick Tour in Multiple Languages

June 30, 2008

Mindjet recently launched a new website and they are truly accommodating a global audience.  Now you can learn about MindManager, their Industry standard Mindmapping software, in English, German, French, Spanish or Japanese.

To experience their interactive Quick Tour click here.


Chuck Frey’s New eBook: Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software

June 26, 2008

If you are new to mindmapping (or even if you are a pro) you need to get Chuck Frey’s new eBook “Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software”.

One of the major goals of this blog is to provide you with resources that help you leverage the power of mindmapping.  This eBook does just that!

Chuck Frey is a mindmapping thought leader and his blog is the industry standard on reviewing mindmapping software.  So he is more than qualified to write a book such as this.  

If you have mindmapping software but are not sure you’re getting the most out of it – this is your book.  

If you are thinking about getting mindmapping software but are not sure of the benefits – this is your book.  

And if you are a mindmapping pro but just want more strategies and approaches to leverage what you already know – this is your book.

To get the book click here.


Understanding DISC Styles: Improving Teamwork with a Mindmap

June 26, 2008

According to Wikipedia, “DISC is the four quadrant behavioral model based on the work of William Moulton Marston Ph.D. (1893 – 1947) to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation. DISC looks at behavioral styles and behavioral preferences.”

DISC is an acronym for Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Compliance (C).  Many companies have employees take the DISC assessment to determine their behavioral style.  This is not to say that if you have a preference for one style you don’t occasionally use the other styles.  What the assessment does is determine your most dominant style – the place you feel most comfortable.

The great thing about the DISC assessment is once you know your own style and the styles of others you can improve team effectiveness. 

There are a lot of DISC assessment vendors out there, some free, some not free.  But all of them give you plenty of data on the DISC styles once you’ve completed the assessment. Unfortunately, that data often does not provide you with an effective way to quickly understand each DISC style or understand how they relate to one another.

To help solve this problem, I created a mindmap.  The mindmap below provides the following on each DISC style:

  • Definition of each style
  • General characteristics of each style
  • The value each style brings to a team (because all styles bring value to a team)
  • Possible weaknesses associated with each style
  • The greatest fear of each style

Knowing this information gives you great insight into your colleagues at work (or even your significant other at home) and can help you to interact with them more effectively to get things done.

Click on Mindmap to Enlarge:

To take a free DISC assessment click here


The 5 P’s for Effective Meetings

June 24, 2008

How many times have you gone to a meeting that was a complete waste of time?  There was no direction, no clarity on what the meeting was about, and no clear outcome or product after the meeting was over.  

Well, to help you have more effective meetings, I offer you the 5 P’s: 1) Purpose, 2) Product, 3) Participants, 4) Probable Issues, and 5) Process.

Remember these 5 P’s and share them with your colleagues.  You’ll be amazed at how much more effective your meetings are.  

The mindmap below provides the details for the 5 P’s.  

Click on mindmap to Enlarge:

Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap

June 21, 2008

We all only have 24 hours in a day.  And if we get 8 hours of sleep we only have 16 hours.  So the question becomes, “What do we do with those 16 hours?”  Isn’t it interesting how some people use those 16 hours to be incredibly productive while others accomplish very little.

Why is that?  Why do some people achieve their goals and experience great productivity and success while others do not?  

Stephen Covey, in his book First Things First, notes that those who accomplish very little are probably spending a large amount of their 16 hours in the Quadrant of Deception and the Quadrant of Waste.  In his book he highlights four quadrants where one can spend their time: 1) Quadrant of Necessity, 2) Quadrant of Quality & Personal Leadership, 3) Quadrant of Deception, and 4) Quadrant of Waste.  

Each of us has a choice as to how we will allocate our time between these quadrants.  But one thing is for sure: when it comes to achieving your goals and living a life of minimal stress – all quadrants are NOT equal.

The first mindmap below defines the four quadrants and how you should allocate your time.  The second mindmap provides more detail on the activities associated with each quadrant.

As you will see from the mindmaps, the trick to managing your time effectively is to: 

1) Manage the Quadrant of Necessity as best you can.

2) Focus on the Quadrant of Quality and Personal Leadership for it makes the Quadrant of Necessity more managable and helps you achieve your goals faster.

3) Be Careful of the Quadrant of Deception because activities in this quadrant may appear urgent when in fact they are not.  Too much time here will slow your progress towards reaching your goals.

4) Avoid the Quadrant of Waste as much as possible.  Too much time here and you will not achieve your goals at all.

Click on the Mindmaps to Enlarge:


Mindjet: The Industry Leader for Business Mindmapping

June 19, 2008

MindJet, the maker of MindManager Pro 7 and MindManager 7 for Mac, is clearly the industry leader when it comes to business mindmapping.  They have over one million licenses of MindManager software used globally by 85 of the Fortune 100 companies and more  than 50 percent of Global 2000 organizations.  To see a list of company case studies, click here.

Recently, Mindjet launched Mindjet Connect which allows users to collaborate on mindmaps.  As they state on their site, it is “a flexible, secure online environment where anyone from virtually anywhere can work together.”

I am personally a BIG fan of MindManager.  I use it everyday at work and in my personal life.  The tool is extremely flexible.  And once you see how easy it is to create a mindmap dashboard on your computer for all your important files, projects, websites, and links to other mindmaps –  you’ll never manage information the same way again!  I use MindManager Pro 7 for Windows at work and MindManager 7 for Mac at home (and yes, MindManager files from one operating system work on the other).  

In a world where information overload is increasingly becoming a problem for all of us, this tool allows you to capture, organize, and reuse information in ways that work for you.  It enables you to be a master of information – no matter how complex or detailed that information may be.  

MindManager allows you to see the high level relationships and drill down on the details with ease.

And for those of you who like outlines, any MindManager map can be quickly converted to an outline that can be exported to Word in literally two clicks!

On their site, Mindjet illustrates how people are using MindManager today:

Every once in a while there comes a “game changing” software application for business.  MindManager is such an application.  And once you see how useful it is at work, you’ll find yourself using it for your personal life too!

IQ VisualMapping Conference: Interviews with Mindmapping Thought Leaders

June 17, 2008

In a previous post I provided information on the upcoming IQ VisualMapping Conference in New Jersey this October.  At the conference some of the major Mindmapping Thought Leaders will be presenting and sharing mindmapping best practices.  

But to give you a taste of what’s to come, the conference team has posted interviews with the guest speakers.  In the interviews they provide an overview of their presentations and why they think you should attend the conference.

They include:

Wallace Tait

Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D

Stephanie Diamond

Chuck Frey

Adam Clayman

Arjen ter Hoeve

Click here to play the interviews.

IQ VisualMapping Conference: Mindmapping Thought Leaders Converge

June 14, 2008

Some of the major Mindmapping Thought Leaders will be presenting and sharing mindmapping best practices at the upcoming IQ Visual Mapping Conference this October.

If you are interested in Mindmapping or think you would be interested in Mindmapping you should attend this conference!

Here are the details:

Date: October 2-3, 2008

Location: College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 USA 

Presentations at the conference will include:

  • Project Mapping: Visual Thinking in Project Management
  • Utilizing Visual Mapping for Personal and Professional Motivation and Goal Setting
  • Increasing Personal and Business Productivity through Visual Mapping Strategies
  • Visual Mapping as a Systematic Framework for Business Improvement
  • Visual Mapping Software- Tools of the Trade
  • Using Visual Mapping Tools for Marketing Your Business
  • Using Visual Mapping Tools in Academia

And if that isn’t enough to entice you to go.  Chuck Frey, a Mindmapping Thought Leader and Author of the Mindmapping Manifesto, on his blog site gives you 10 more reasons: 

Here are the top 10 reasons why this is a don’t-miss conference:

  1. It’s an opportunity to increase your value to your employer by becoming a more visually-oriented thinker, decision maker and problem solver.
  2. Learn how to take your company’s information management strategies to the next level of effectiveness.
  3. Discover how to use visual mapping as a systematic framework for business improvement.
  4. Learn how visual mapping can help you to streamline your business processes and procedures.
  5. Learn about the latest trends in visual mapping software.
  6. Discover how to develop a comprehensive and effective marketing plan utilizing visual mapping
  7. Network with and learn best practices from your fellow visual mappers.
  8. Realize your information management potential and conquer information overload.
  9. Reframe your understanding of information and knowledge capital.
  10. Become a superior information manager who can utilize and integrate linear and non-linear information models in your research, reports and projects.

To Register click here.

Mead Map: Mindmapping for Teachers

June 14, 2008

In an earlier post, I highlighted Mead Map as a great resource for students.  But this same site offers great benefits for teachers as well.  As a teacher on the high school or college level, you have to put together lesson plans/syllabus, organize student work, handle school administrative activities, and do research.  Mead Map can help with all of this.  And if you provide online assistance to your students, you can collaborate “real-time” with them over the web.

Here are few ways teachers can use Mead Map.  Click on the mindmaps to enlarge:


To start organizing and visualizing all of your work, go to the Mead Map site today.  You can try it out for free for 30 days!  Click here.

Mead Map: Mindmapping for Students

June 14, 2008

If you are in school – at any level – you need Mead Map.  Mead Map allows you to mindmap over the web.

But more than that, it is designed with students in mind.  Mead Map is focused on helping students leverage the power of mindmapping and online collaboration.

You really have to see it to understand how powerful a tool it is.  Click on the mindmaps below to see what you can do with Mead Map:

If you are in school (or have kids who are in school) I strongly encourage you to start using Mead Map.  Go to their site and get started today!  You can try it for free for 30 days!  Click here.