“Mind Maps break down the most complex of problems into core components. That’s why it works so well for businesses where there are usually multiple factors to take into consideration. With Mind Maps, you can add layers, importance, details and consider tangents and consequences in greater depth.”
In this guest post, we’re speaking again with Justin Miles, who featured in ThinkBuzan’s blog post ‘Taking Mind Maps to the Arctic and back’ in February 2013.
Justin is a professional explorer who uses his expedition experiences as a backdrop for his work in the corporate arena where he is a management consultant, specialising in organisational behaviour and marketing communications.
“When I’m not actually on an expedition to some far-flung corner of the globe I work with clients to develop the knowledge and skills of aspiring, new and established leaders and to develop high performance teams.”
Mind Mapping techniques underpin much of Justin’s life and he uses them to help him with everything from planning his expeditions to writing books, delivering seminars and in his work as a consultant.
“One of the great features of Mind Mapping is that the techniques are so versatile. I’m just as reliant on using Mind Maps to examine team performance issues sat in an office in London, as I am planning my next book whilst huddled in a tent on the frozen Arctic Ocean two and a half thousand miles from home.”
“When I’m working with a client, I turn to Mind Maps as a way of providing a visual anchor as we discuss and explore leadership challenges within an organisation. Many of my clients have quite complex structures, so we use Mind Maps to explore different areas of business, the challenges in each, to identify common denominators. From there build a scenario which leads on to higher levels of performance.”
“Mind Maps break down the most complex of problems into core components. That’s why it works so well for businesses where there are usually multiple factors to take into consideration. With Mind Maps, you can add layers, importance, details and consider tangents and consequences in greater depth”.
Mind Mapping techniques are a useful training aid and visual attachment for seminars.
“When I’m delivering a training session or seminar on leadership development, I use Mind Maps to give me a brilliant visual anchor and to encourage audience participation.”
“As an example I use Mind Maps to explore the various leadership styles, focusing on each one in turn and analysing everything about it. I then spring back to look at how different leadership styles can affect the bigger picture of company performance.”
“Delegates enjoy the level of interactivity with creating a Mind Map and it gives them a vehicle and the freedom to explore their thoughts whilst maintaining focus.”
Next steps for Justin
It wouldn’t be a fulfilling post about an explorer if we didn’t mention his recent and planned expeditions.
After an expedition to the North Pole went horribly wrong and resulted in him being flown home for emergency surgery, Justin went on to lead a ten person team on an expedition to take paddleboarding to the Arctic in August last year.
You can see the video here: Justin Miles "Paddleboarding to the Artic"
Justin’s next project, his most ambitious yet, will be a series of expeditions and adventures on all seven continents. If that isn’t tough enough, he’s using each expedition as a focal point to “get the world talking” by linking business and education communities around the globe. Justin told us that this really is a complex project which will last for in the region of three years and he’s using Mind Mapping techniques through every stage of the planning process.
To follow Justin and his adventures go to www.justforthechallenge.com