Friday, September 8, 2017
Your native language affects how you think about time. English is read left to right, Chinese top to bottom and Arabic from right to left. Unsurprisingly, when asked to organize events chronologically from earliest to latest, English speakers drew a timeline from left to right, Chinese arranged events from top to bottom and Arabic speakers organized from right to left.
The way that we organize information impacts communication, engagement and understanding between you, your team and your stakeholders. Just as relevant, though, is the impact upon how your organization solves problems and resolves issues. Changing the way you view information frees you to process the issue differently. So if you’re looking for “new” solutions to old problems, consider shaking up how you diagram them. A right to left or top to bottom approach may be just what’s needed.