When mapping out cause and effect of any new development or change, it maybe helpful to visually map out how that new development or change will affect other conditions.
In the example of the title headline, imagine as more and more autonomous self-driving cars or accessible to the public some responses may not be as positive as expected. With self-driving cars, occupants are no longer responsible for their condition behind the wheel. Not being responsible for driving allows people the opportunity to indulge in excess.
Yes bartender, I’ll have another, I’m not driving.
In this example, more autonomous cars could bring about a dramatic increase in public drinking and alcoholism. After all, we’re human.
Autonomous cars and drinking maybe a dramatic example that may never unfold, but then again, it does have the possibility. Look at how companies approach developmental change within an organization. What maybe a small change from the top will ripple down may have unseen consequences if not mapped out. What about dramatic change such as rebranding, environmental design, digital adaptation or even evolving staff culture?
For companies attempting to evolve and stay profitable, not seeing how change will unfold could be as dangerous as not changing at all. This is why visual thinking and graphic facilitation are such a powerful tools in Organizational Change or new product development.
See the possible outcomes and pitfalls before you implement change.