David Kelly IDEO introduced mind maps in his book (see his diagram below in comments). Here’s a mind map for billionaire Richard Branson who’s very public persona helps make this relevant. Excuse the clip art gone wild.
A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center.
Brandon’s focus on adventuring and daring earn him top respect.
Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches.Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea. Mindmaps can be drawn by hand, either as “rough notes” during a lecture or meeting, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. An example of a rough mind map is illustrated.