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Why Talking to a Wall Helps

Are you a slave to the endless meetings, presentations and general time sucks?

Visual management is becoming an increasingly popular way for managers at all levels to increase their organisational agility. But often, the most forgotten element of visual management is also one of the easiest to execute and the most effective way for eliminating those awful time sucks.

Simply talking to your visual management wall will significantly help build that high performing team you’re striving to become. Here are four reasons why it’ll improve your organisational agility and reduce unnecessary meetings:

Speed

People are running from meeting to meeting all day and we know in this day and age of continuous switching of contexts, it can take time to get people on the same page. Talking to a wall can help your people understand what information you are conveying without spending unnecessary time creating presentations or better yet eliminating the need for meetings altogether. It could be a road map of what your team is planning, your key metrics or a process flow of your work.

Creating space for better information sharing

With the additional time gained, talking to the wall with others allows for greater collaboration. This could be uncovering opportunities to work with other parts of the business or identifying risks that would otherwise have been undetected. An example of this was when a recruitment team we worked with used visual management for their work, by talking to their wall with others, it allowed for other teams like IT or payroll to better prepare for on-boarding new staff.

It builds trust

One of the biggest strengths of visual management is the transparency, which directly builds trust. It is disarming for others when they can see that you aren’t hiding anything. Have an important stakeholder that you need to enhance your relationship with? Then give them a tour of your wall or better yet, show them some of your work with the intent of seeing how you can better support them.

Removes hierarchy

As well as building trust, you also take out the perceived authority in your conversations to focus on the facts. By talking to the wall, both the speaker and the listener are on level footing when discussing what is on the wall. This then creates a more objective view of the work and removes subjectivity.

If you found this useful and are giving it a go, we’d love to hear how it went! Or if you’re looking for reasons to build a visual management wall in the first place, then head over to this article where we talk to some of the benefits of using it.

Written by
Arnold Ho
Enterprise Agile Coach @ The Agile Eleven


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