Using mind maps for management

Mind Maps can be used by every individual in a business or professional organisation in any situation where linear notes would normally be taken.

To begin with, the day can be planned using a Mind Map diary (see Chapter 20). Subsequently, telephone calls, meetings, counselling sessions and interviews can all be Mind Mapped, to ensure that the participants have a full and accurate grasp of what has been discussed and agreed.

By using Mind Maps in their training courses, companies like EDS, Digital Computers and British Petroleum have already found that they can make huge savings - in some cases as much as 80 per cent! In fact Dr Mike Stanley, Project Leader at the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle, reduced an aircraft design manual to a 25 foot long Mind Map which won him awards within the company (seepages 170-71). Stanley says:

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fThe use of Mind Mapping is an integral part of my Quality Improvement programme here at Boeing. This programme has provided savings of over $10 million this year for my organisation (ten times our goal). We have developed a unique application of Mind Mapping techniques to identify Quality Improvement projects here at Boeing. Within one month's time, over 500 projects were identified which represent millions of dollars of potential cost savings'

In addition to increasing the speed and efficiency of learning, Mind Maps overcome the usual memory loss curve, whereby 80 per cent of what is learnt is forgotten within 24 hours. Reviewing Mind Maps at the intervals recommended in Chapter 24 ensures that what is learnt is both 'held' and utilised by the brain. In general, the skills previously covered - making choices; organising your own and other people's ideas; individual and group creativity; analysis; defining and solving problems; setting time and amount targets; and especially memory and communication - are essential to successful management.

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