As the CEO of Imagine Think, Nora Herting helps expand the definition of creativity in the business world. As the author of the best-selling book, “Draw Your Big Idea,” Nora has inspired thousands to think visually to access their own creativity. Nora breaks down the myth that drawing is only for the creatives, and showcases real examples of how leaders can add another dimension to their ideas (and execution effectiveness) through simple doodles. Listen in to unlock and inspire others in new ways beyond the written word!
[3:15] Nora shares insight about visual leadership.
[5:00] Paintings have been a form of communication for thousands of years.
[7:10] When we use our brain, we don’t just use the right brain or the left brain hemispheres while doing a task, we use the entire brain.
[9:10] If you or your team is stuck somewhere, try drawing a picture!
[9:15] Nora explains how leaders can empower their staff to embrace their artistic side more effectively.
[14:45] Jim shares an example of how powerful visuals are in a presentation to bring home the core message.
[20:10] An important skill to have is to patiently wait for people to finish and to know when they’ve finished their point.
[21:55] Nora shares the difference between having a liberal arts degree vs. an MBA.
[25:35] Instead of looking within your industry and what the competition is doing, look elsewhere. Look at politics, cultural events, or other industries not related to you for inspiration.
[28:05] Creatives and implementers tend to clash with one another, but Jim talks about the book Loonshots and how you can blend these two groups together for collaboration.
[34:10] Nora offers resources on the types of visual tools leaders and teams can use.
[35:55] Jim and Jan admit that their handwriting is horrible. It’s hard to multitask when talking and writing.
[37:00] If you have terrible handwriting, Nora offers a quick tip on how to fix this.
[39:45] Listener challenge: Ask your team to draw out the description of their role and what they do every day.
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These are the books mentioned during our discussion with Nora