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The Back Of The Napkin - Solving Problems With Pictures

SIM Professional Development (SIM PD) is the leading provider for adult learning, training and development for corporate and career development. We provide a wide range of quality executive programmes, corporate training, seminar and workshops in areas of soft skills training, leadership training, sales training, management training, personal effectiveness & productivity, project management training, strategy execution and forumation.

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 Outcomes

• 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

o The eyes

o The mind’s eye

o The hands & eyes

• The Visual Thinking Problem-solving Process


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

o “Whoever draws the best picture …”

o Active looking: The Four Rules To


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

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

o  The right picture for any problem


o “Those who see the possibilities, win”

o Meet the SQVID

o Exploring the breadth of an idea

o Practical lessons in applied visual imagination.


o “The more human the picture…”

o Why seeing is believing

o Putting it together

o 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
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.
CategorySIM Member Fee  (S$)Non-member Fee  (S$)
 including GST including GST
Normal Fees1498.001797.60
- terms & conditions applies ; please call to enquire.

Enquiries : Kathleen Tan - 62489407 | 62466746,

Foreign participants sponsored by their companies, GST is not applicable. If payment is made by a Singapore-registered company, GST will apply.

Non-members are welcome to sign up for SIM membership to enjoy the discounted rate. To sign up for SIM Membership, please visit, email or call 6248 9489. To register for the programmes now, select the preferred programme run-dates below through the register icon. "Register", which will bring you to the registration page.

DateTimeVenueRegistration Closing Date 
14/04/2020 - 15/04/202009.00 am - 5.00 pmSIM Management House, 41 Namly Avenue, Singapore 267616Mar 31, 2020 Register
27/08/2020 - 28/08/202009.00 am - 5.00 pmSIM Management House, 41 Namly Avenue, Singapore 267616Aug 13, 2020 Register