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Social networking… How?

It’s been a few weeks that while discussing with people at conferences, meetings or even lunch… “Social Network” topic come up on the table quite often. Is it because of me, raising the topic or not? That I cannot say. Anyhow, due to these discussions I decided to share this article with you, even if, at the first glance, it might seem not fully in-line with my usual topics on this blog, in a way it is.


The goal of this article is to share what I call “My social network strategy”, even if I know that “strategy” might sounds a bit presumptuous in this context. But, to my defend, I always prone a vision + a meaning (which we can call “strategy”) to whatever we start to do (otherwise, why doing it?). So even for social networking, I think it is needed to know what we want to do and set a strategy, principles to follow… even our own borders to not cross. Of course, we all do that, unconsciously at least, but like some philosophers would (better) explain than me: it is always better to be conscious of what we want to do!

My social network strategy / principles and a few more…

For the ones who already know me a bit, guess what, yes, all is described in the mind map below! 🙂 I hope you will enjoy reading!
Of course, don’t hesitate to react on the comments if there are things that are not clear to you after your map reading.

Please, find the downloadable mindmap version (.mmap) on :


There we are, time to conclude this article. As usual, I would like not to close this topic but more give it an opening. As you might see, I gave you some of my strategies / principles for personal social networking. I do believe that most of these principles apply to Social Networking in the Enterprise as well… The generation Y effect (increasing amount of generation Y people in the enterprises) might help us to give it a kick, but as usual, this should not be done through the technology only (even if it is attractive) but with a real strategy! (Again!! 🙂 ) When it comes to “Enterprise social network”, I think some additional principles have to be taken care of. Of course, a meaning is (as always) needed, but in addition to a personal initiative, this meaning (e.g.: “Why do you want to establish an “Enterprise Social Network” at your company”) has to be explained / communicated / anchored with the whole enterprise. And this is another challenge to be reach!

Mind Manager – Map markers

Map markers are powerful tools that help you to structure your maps. They become very useful especially when maps are growing and when you let your mind work non-linearly. (see post: non-linear thinking)

There are 2 categories of markers. What is called “single icons” and the ones which are group together (and mutually exclusive). The mutually exclusive markers are useful when you want to switch from one marker to another one quickly (e.g: status OK / NOK)

General tips for markers:

  • Always name your map markers.
  • Use map markers library (template) to gain time on next maps.
  • In case of regular use of the same map pattern, create a map template (taking care of including the revelant map mappers. (coming post describing map template creation)


Markers are very useful when your maps start to become too complex (lot of topics). They are a very powerful way to filter your maps through different views. In addition, Mindjet Mind Manager is allowing you to have many map makers on the same topics, which is giving you the possibility to have different filtering criteria on the same topic.
My advice regarding map makers, use it as much as you can. Last tip, if your map starts to have too much map makers on the same topic, it might means that you are willing to put too much ideas / concepts on that specific map. Do not hesitate to duplicate and clean the map.

Mind mapping versus “Communication”

Colleague of mine wrote on my #fb’s wall, this comment: “Sure, you can get things done through Mind Maps. But to convey a clear message I prefer the traditional A4 page – that is read from top to bottom. “

I will skip the get things done thing, because obviously, he didn’t get what I was referring to… His comment made my mind spin regarding “communication” and mind mapping. OK, I am a mind mapping addict, as I like to call myself “the crazy mind mapper…” but this doesn’t mean I am blinding myself. So my first answer to him was:
Emeric Nectoux …Mind mapping gives its best benefits when used for yourself or in small teams. When it comes to communicate, traditional ppts or equivalent are still the best. This is mainly due to people you are presenting to were not with you when you did journey. (building your mind map).
By the way, the map you are pointing to is a nightmare. 😉 Make me wonder about the mental health of his creator. 😀

In a second thought, here is what I would like to add:

MindManager Setup Tips #wiki #mindmap

ActivityOwner.Com – Getting Things Done with MindManager, ResultsManager, and GyroQ has posted a new item, ’20 MindManager 9 Setup Tips’

In order to celebrate the recent release of MindManger 9, the MindManager Setup Tips page on have been updated. There are a few legacy items that may apply more to MindManager 7 and 8. The list of 13 tips for ResultsManager and GyroQ setup has also been updated.

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MindManager Setup Tips #wiki #mindmap #Mindjet

Information modeling: CRUD

Sharing experience

While willing to identify Business Objects that are used in diferent applications, I decided to use the CRUD concept (Create Read Update Delete) to classify these business object. As you start to know a bit (reading the previous posts), I also decided to use mindmap as a first draft (before entering these information into my Architecture Repository through a more structured way)

So I have create a dedicated map template, which you can find here:

This very simple template allows you to get started into your Business Object classification. I hope it will help!

Here is a real example… Might look a bit complex, but don’t be afraid, Work In Progress!!

PS: as we learn by walking, I’m still learning a lot. I will be more than happy to get your feedback, thoughts and questions (if you have some) regarding this method.