Michael Deutch - GTD Idea MapMindjet’s Chief Evangelist Michael Deutch was drawing idea maps during a David Allen GTD seminar (author of Getting Things Done) he attended last week. Michael’s projects and priorities are captured in this visual representation. Thanks for sharing Michael!

Photos of Computer Art Add-Ons

16 Dec 2010 In: Idea Mapping Workshops

Idea Mapping Workshop Produces Creative Computer Add-ons

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Idea Mapping Workshop Computer Add-on Close-up 1Decorating a laptop with Play-Doh art? I have never seen this in nearly 19 years of teaching my Idea Mapping Workshops.

Those of you who have experienced my 2-day class know that toys are a major part of the fun involved with the learning. While I was teaching a few weeks ago in Poland for program called EUROREG — an Academy of Evaluation which is financed and sponsored by Polish Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union, I saw some new Play-Doh creations made by these highly creative professionals! (You can see the Nov 29, 2010 post or the Dec 9, 2010 post for more background info on this event.)

I’ve seen lots of things made out of Play-Doh during workshops — but never like this! Maybe this is a new business idea?

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Juggling Practice During Idea Mapping Workshop in Poland

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Third Idea Mapping Workshop in Poland 2This is the third year in a row that I was invited to come to Warsaw by Dr. Karol Olejniczak who is an Assistant Professor at the  University of Warsaw. He runs a program called EUROREG — an Academy of Evaluation which is financed and sponsored by Polish Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union. The Idea Mapping Workshop and MindManager training is the kick-off event for this program which will run into June of 2011.

The first and last photos were taken during a group activity. The second photo features participants practicing their juggling skills (click here to learn the purpose of this activity), and the third photo is of one of the participants showing off his colleague’s Play-Doh creations. The first set of photos from this event can be found in the November 29, 2010 posting.

SLI - Nov 2010

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SLI Participants Practice Their Idea Mapping 7I have had the privilege to teach an annual Idea Mapping Workshop for the Saline Leadership Institute (SLI) for 13 years now.  Regardless of the industry these leaders come from, the Idea Mapping tool continues to help leaders return to their businesses and lives more productive, more creative and more organized.

One of the challenges for leaders at every level of the organization is how they can get their arms around an overwhelming amount of information, make sense out of it, and then take the appropriate actions. Professionals are often immobilized at the thought of tackling major tasks.  An idea map can become an image that houses all the necessary data on one piece of paper. This enables the brain to see connections between ideas that would not be apparent in a linear document.

Top top photo shows the entire class and the rest show participants sharing their Idea Maps with each other.

Saline Leadership Institute was founded in 1998 in Saline, Michigan by Gretchen Driskell, Bill Lavery and Dan Stotz, … read more about SLI.

Gregory Poses for the Second Intro of  Academy of Evaluation and Idea Mapping

Gregory Poses for the Third Intro of  Academy of Evaluation and Idea Mapping

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Playdoh Creations from Idea Mapping Workshop in Poland

Juggling Practice During Idea Mapping Workshop in Poland 2This is the third year in a row that I was invited to come to Warsaw by Dr. Karol Olejniczak who is an Assistant Professor at the  University of Warsaw. He runs a program called EUROREG — an Academy of Evaluation which is financed and sponsored by Polish Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union.

Dr. Olejniczak’s boss Gregory is a very fun character and we have a tradition. Each year I bring a new toy for him to model. The first photo is from 2009 and the second from last Friday. Next photo shows one of 6 groups sharing their idea maps. The fourth photo displays some creative Play-doh creations, and the last photo captures a major juggling breakthrough on film!

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful workshop! More photos to come.

Jamie and the Korsak's from Warsaw PolandTomorrow celebrates the third year in a row for teaching Idea Mapping to the elite participants of the EUROREG program in Warsaw, Poland.

I will have a wonderful experience in Warsaw teaching Idea Mapping and MindManager software to some of the highest ranking leaders of Poland’s public sector. I was invited to come to Warsaw by Dr. Karol Olejniczak who is an Assistant Professor at the  University of Warsaw. He runs a program called EUROREG — an Academy of Evaluation which is financed and sponsored by Polish Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union.

Upon arrival I had a special visit with MindManager Expert Wojtec Korsak and his wife Ania.

Kevin & Jamie Nast Celebrate Their 20th Wedding Anniversary - 3

I occasionally share some personal information and this is one of those times. Today my husband Kevin and I experienced one of our greatest successes by celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.

We had an awesome day going out to breakfast, strolling through Northville Michigan’s Christmas Market, watching a movie, taking a dip in our neighbor’s hot tub (thanks Scott & Donna), a gourmet dinner and just chilling. Can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring. I’m blessed to have such a great husband!

Stephanie Neill's Portrait Drawing from Mindjet Idea Mapping Workshop

No she didn’t trace it! This portrait drawing was created by Stephanie Neill during my recent 2-day public Idea Mapping Workshop held at the Mindjet Offices in San Francisco. The purpose of this activity is to put adults into learning situations they think impossible. Then they apply a learning model and some brief instructions in order to accomplish tasks they didn’t think they could do. This provides not only a new skill, but a model that can be applied to learning other things in business and life. Thanks Stephanie and great job!

Several others from this class planned on finishing their portraits after the class, so I’ll share those as they roll in.

Search for “portrait drawing” on this blog to see other examples of this activity.

How to Plan For a New BabyPlanning for a new baby can be overwhelming, but this Idea Map has helped Wayne Chan get his arms around the many things he and his wife will need to prepare for.

Last week I taught a 2-day public Idea Mapping Workshop at the Mindjet Offices in San Francisco. During one of the activities participants are asked to choose a business or personal application to practice their new Idea Mapping skills. Wayne chose baby prep! Although he is not new to mind mapping or idea mapping, parenting is going to be the new learning.

I thought this was a clever use for idea mapping and thought I would share with readers of this blog.

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Mrs Potato Head joins the Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at Mindjet

Juggling Baseline at Mindjet Idea Mapping Workshop

Michael Deutch Clowning Around

Laurel Martinez at Mindjet Idea Mapping Workshop

Prabhjot Saini attends Idea Mapping Workshop at Mindjet

We had a terrific experience during this week’s Idea Mapping Workshop held at the Mindjet offices in San Francisco! Here is the first round of photos for you to enjoy.

The top photo features Ray Sheffield from Sheffield Estate Planning, Brett Robblee from Raytheon, Tim Cox from Wells Fargo and Wayne Chan from Mindjet.  Next is an Idea Map from one of the first activities.

The third photo is from the juggling activity and the fourth is Michael Deutch clowning around. Number five is Laurel Martinez from Blue Shield CA during the personal vision/mission activity. The weather was beautiful, so some took advantage of the outdoors during this time of contemplation.

The last shot is of Prabhjot (Jolly) Saini. This was an idea map that his group created of all the personal and professional uses they are going to implement for Idea Mapping. A great time was had by all. More photos to come in following posts.

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