Mind mapping is a visual exercise in which you brainstorm an idea or a problem you face on a piece of paper or a computer screen. Its purpose is to help you visually structure your ideas, understand the problem and come up with a solution.
Mind mapping is a great tool for anyone in charge of a project or a team of people and is especially useful for helping with complex, system-based problems. However, it is just as good of a tool for new and aspiring leaders. With a mind map you can give yourself a push in the right direction when you are stuck, examine or analyze a problem or an idea you have, or make a visual graph to put on the wall to keep you on target. You can even use it as a tool to take notes.
A mind map you make can be very complex, but it can also be very simple. Here is a video that does an excellent job teaching how to mind map effectively. Check it out. It will be 8 minutes well spent!
Mind mapping video is provided here courtesy of the Verbal to Visual YouTube channel.
I strongly recommend that you make mind mapping a tool in your leadership toolbox. It can prove to be the very technique you need to help you succeed in a project you are leading.
Free Mind Mapping Tools
If you want to learn about mind mapping in greater detail, make sure to check out MindMapping.com. If you would like to use an online diagram and mapping software, here are some free sites that offer it:
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