Within the previous post we discussed the four stages of competence that you will pass through as you move through the process of visual thinking. Today I would like to expand on this discussion by outlining the five phases of visual thinking mastery.
I have renamed these phases in order to stay consistent with the analogy of magic that we will continue to work with as we move through the elements of visual thinking.
The five phases that you will naturally pass through as you move through the visual thinking process are:
- The Rookie (novice)
- The Apprentice (beginner)
- The Magician (competent)
- The Wizard (proficient)
- The Sage (expert)
Let’s now break down each of these five phases in a little more detail.
Phase 1: The Visual Thinking Rookie: Novice
As a visual thinking Rookie, you don’t have much experience with using visual thinking elements and tools in your life or business. You’re simply aware of what visual thinking is about and have a very basic knowledge (textbook understanding) of some of the concepts, but don’t yet have any real practical experience using and incorporating visual thinking principles into your life.
Having very little knowledge and lacking situational experience, you adhere to a very rigid structure based on rules and outlines that you have been taught. Moreover, you lack discretionary judgement, meaning that you don’t yet have the confidence or flexibility to adapt the visual thinking principles to your own needs and circumstances.
Finally, in order to gain results from the process of visual thinking you need close supervision and instruction, without which you will lose motivation and direction.