This is one of my favorite Idea Mapping Examples from Mayo Clinic’s Data Center Manager Michael Shaw. His vulnerability is moving. This example is also included in my Idea Mapping book.

I met Michael in October 2005. He was a participant in one of my Idea Mapping Workshops at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. My work at Mayo Clinic is a bit different because I have them read my book in advance and provide an idea map in advance of the class. This allows us to cover more ground during the workshop  including some speed reading. Each person submits an idea map upon my arrival so that I can get an idea of where they are at with their idea mapping skills.

When I saw Michael’s example I was blown away because of the huge amount of imagery in his map and my ability to understand much of the meaning within this map. To make a long story short I ended up asking him if I could include this example in my book. He said yes, and it took us 8 pages of text to explain what Michael shared in a 1-page idea map.

This is one of the best examples I have that demonstrates the power of imagery.