Saturday, June 20, 2009


Having been involved within the Visual Mapping arena for many years now, I inexorably return to the personal use domain. This is where I have found the Mind mapping software developers have either missed the point or willfully ignored the strength of the synchronous thinking power of Visual Mapping.

In defense of some software developers, a few have remained focused on the personal arena associated with self development. This is IMO where we experience the amazing power of graphical thinking in and through the tools, Techniques and mindset of Visual Mapping.

As Data (when aggregated) becomes information, and then (when contextualized) becomes knowledge, we see in this process the analogy of the involution of self development while using a Mind map.

Have you ever had the pleasure of taking someone on a personal journey of discovery through the use of Mind maps? I have and it’s a very exhilarating experience. At the personal level, a Mind map begins to develop and express itself as an outward expression of the inward self.

In recent years there has been an overwhelming interest in the personal power of thought. I use the term “thought mapping” often with my personal clients who have come to an acceptance of their need to be more focused on self development. There are many within Academia, Industry and corporate Business who have become extremely successful by way of their natural strengths.

There has however been much stress placed on these successful individuals who have been forced to become a jack of all trades and master of none. They do this by attempting to become good at everything, and they invariably become great at nothing.

At this point many of our successful colleagues become either burnt out or experience personal crashes that affect everything from relationships to further success and self esteem.

In my experience, a personal Mind map becomes the outward expression of the internal self, often called the subconscious self. The schema (script) we play out as we encounter issues, challenges and degrees of experiences, can be very easily mapped out within a Mind map.

The Mind map can and does become an extremely powerful self development tool, by drawing out the initial reality of our thought processes as we T.A.P into our internal self. From my perspective and experience, I have measured much success for my clients who have come to recognize the great potential they have for tapping into their unlimited reservoir of thought mapping talents.

As much as I am not a psychologist or personal counselor of any degree; I have found myself in the position of assisting many of my academic and business clients, to gain mastery over their latent ability to rebuild reform and regain a more harmonious approach to information management.

I use the powerful graphical formats of Visual mapping to create, manage and express a more harmonious understanding of the complexities of handling data in a very busy and demanding world.

Take some time from your busy schedules to approach the tools, techniques and mindset of Visual mapping from a personal productivity angle. I can assure you’ll experience a whole new way of thinking that shall challenge and revolutionize the way you look at your strengths and opportunities for a more successful thought mapping future.

It all starts with personal productivity, so start by using Mind maps. I would be pleased to help you get started, so connect with me.


Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D said...

Hi Wallace:

I agree and as a professional psychologist it is very powerful to be able to take internal ideas and events and externalize and label them. Doing this allows the individual insights into how they are thinking and acting on the world. I have had many "aha" moments when I am in the flow and using mind maps to work with ideas. Many people who are just beginning to use mind maps will have similar experiences as they apply the tools and techniques. Thanks for your insightful post!


Kyle McFarlin said...


I don't think the software developers totally know what to do about the dual nature of visual maps. It's not like anyone has probably ever used to plan a romantic evening... but it could be easily done with a project map. Topic one, put on the Marvin Gaye...

The tool is so damn amadextrous (no chance in hell i spelled that right) that it's a bit unprecented to people's traditional approach to understanding software.

I might explain it to someone as being a bit like Microsoft Outlook, with the power to plan both the personal and professional sides of your life.

And to your main point, I've noticed with clients as well that the biggest breakthroughs tend to be personal in nature, even if in a business context. That seems to be because if a person can get their mind right, world watchout for Mr./Ms. Thang professionally.

Wallace Tait said...

Good points Kyle voiced again in your very unique and convincing style.

I would say FLEXIBILITY is a what we need from information management software. We're now in times where we have to make ourselves more valuable, and that means at the personal level. The training budgets are almost non existent in some organizations at this time, so software apps that enable a more whole brained or synchronous approach to creating managing and exchanging information.

The game is changing and we have to be aware of the new tools on the scene that can offer multiple modes of information expressions in a flexible workspace.

It no longer just about Mind mapping, as great a tool as it is, radiant expressions are merely one format we have at our disposal.

Dan Pink was correct when he stated, we need a more whole brained approach to information management, with contextualized outputs. We have the ability to do this right now by using tools such as Mindsystems Amode and Context Organizer.