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The Back of the Napkin - Solving Problems with Pictures


Visual thinking is using our innate ability to see; both with our eyes and our minds eye to discover previously invisible ideas, develop those ideas in a rapid and intuitive way, and then share those ideas with other people in a way they simply get.
Any problem can be made clearer with a picture, and any picture can be created using a set of tools and the rules for its use. The core of The Back of The Napkin programme is learning to use the Visual Problem-solving Toolkit - a powerful new way of looking at problems and their solutions.
This is a highly participative and interactive workshop. Participants will learn through short lectures, hands-on exercises, live study cases, group discussions and experience sharing, presentations and feedback.


Benefits to You

Business Outcome(s)
By attending this programme, participants will be able to generate and develop more creative and innovative:
  • Solutions to everyday work problems leading to enhance performance of their operating units
  • Business ideas and strategies leading to higher productivity and increase top and bottom line performance of their organisations  

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn a whole new way of looking at business problems more quickly, understanding them more intuitively, addressing them more confidently, and conveying results to others more rapidly.Learn to solve problems with pictures.
  • Learn how to think visually - how to look better - how to see sharper - how to imagine further - how to show newly discovered ideas.


Programme Outline

·         Visual Thinking – What is – Why

·         The Visual Thinking Toolkit – What does it contain

·         Using the Built-in Tools

           The eyes

           The mind’s eye

           The hands & eyes

·         The Visual Thinking Problem-solving Process


§ “Whoever is best able …. is the person most likely to solve it.”

§ “Whoever draws the best picture …”

§ Active looking: The Four Rules To


§ “We can’t solve a problem we can’t see ….”           

§ The 6x6 Rule of seeing - Which problem? Which picture? Which …?

§ The right picture for any problem

§ Imagining

§ “Those who see the possibilities, win”

§ Meet the SQVID

§ Exploring the breadth of an idea 

§ Practical lessons in applied visual imagination.

§ Showing

§ “The more human the picture…”

§ Why seeing is believing

§ Putting it together

§ Drawing conclusions


Who Must Attend

Level 3 - New Managers
Level 4 - Manager - seeking to enhance their performance by solving their everyday business and operational problems more effectively and selling the solutions.


Programme Leader

This programme will be conducted by one of the following leaders:

Goh Ai Yat, a former senior banker, regularly conducts business skills programs for executives to prepare themselves to stay relevant in todays challenging operating environment.  Some of the related programmes she has conducted are The Entrepreneurial Manager, The Entrepreneurial Employee, Thriving On Challenges and Creativity & Innovation -The Rules Have Changed! Ms Goh holds an M.B.A. degree from the Entrepreneurship Institute of Australia.

Goh Meng Kiang is a former General Manager and Vice-President of Operations for a Subcontracting Test Facility in Singapore. He is the managing consultant of his own company. Mr Goh has more than 25 years of working experience for several multinational companies. He has conducted numerous training workshops and presentations for staff and clients. Mr Goh graduated from the National University of Singapore with B. Engrg.


Venue : SIM Management House, 41 Namly Avenue 
Time : 9:00 - 17:00
Fee :
Category SIM Member Fee (S$) Non-Member Fee (S$)
Fee/Pax (S$) GST (S$) Total Fee (S$) Fee/Pax (S$) GST (S$) Total Fee (S$)
Early Bird Fee (payment by - please see notes below) 1260.00 88.20 1348.20 1512.00 105.84 1617.84
Normal Fees 1400.00 98.00 1498.00 1680.00 117.60 1797.60
Early Bird Fees :
Programme Date ( 18 & 19 June 2015) - payment by 8 May 2015
Programme Date ( 26 & 27 November 2014) - payment by 16 October 2015
Enquiries : 6248 9418  exec@sim.edu.sg

Non-members are welcome to sign up for SIM membership to enjoy the discounted rate. To sign up for SIM Membership, please visit www.sim.edu.sg/ms, email membership@sim.edu.sg or call 6248 9489. To register for the programmes now, select the preferred programme run-dates below through the mouse icon. "Click to Register", which will bring you to the registration page.
Date Closing Date  
26/11/2015 - 27/11/2015
Nov 25, 2015  Click to register





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