Mind Mapping software is a great tool for a busy executive, and it’s an essential tool in any growing business.
The key benefits are:
1 Pulling your thoughts together on a competitor/potential customer/supplier. Typically you only have sketchy knowledge to start with. You will need several sources to get more information and to identify gaps you need to address. A mind map is a great working document to pull this research together.
2 Meeting Minutes. If you don’t have the luxury of a PA and have to take minutes of a meeting at the same time as being actively involved, being able to draw discussions and actions together in the meeting is a great solution. You can add actions and responsibilities directly from the map. Use to circulate as a Map or as the basis of minutes.
3 Brainstorming. You can have a team brainstorming throwing out lots of new ideas, which you can record on screen and then connect and organise later.
4 Collaboration. Record and distribute a map as a working meeting document, incorporating hyper links and documents for the meeting.
There are several good products out there, and I use Mindjet Manager 8 for Mac, which is compatible with both MS Office and Mac applications, and is great for sharing