Don’t Sweat the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cheese Movers and What They Learned in Kindergarten

NapkinbookThis book showed up in my Newsweek last week, and my Fast Company this week.

From the synopsis:

Used properly, a simple drawing on a humble napkin is more powerful than Excel or PowerPoint. It can help crystallize ideas, think outside the box, and communicate in a way that people simply "get". In this book Dan Roam argues that everyone is born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can’t draw.

This strikes me as one of those crazy-idea-that-just-might-work books that come and go in a year or so, but I’m close to ordering it if, for no other reason, than to find some way to justify more cartoon usage.

Aw heck, it’s a write-off.  I’m ordering.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Sweat the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cheese Movers and What They Learned in Kindergarten”

  1. Consider the book a business expense and write it off — I wrote off most of the two years it took to write it and its worked so far for me. (which reminds me I haven't finished my taxes yet… I wonder if the IRS will accept my 1040 on a napkin??)

    Seriously, I hope you enjoy the book. I'm curious to know what you think of it.

    Dan Roam
    author, The Back of the Napkin

  2. OH! Hi Dan!

    (Yikes! I feel like a kid who got caught passing notes in class…)

    I just got the book (oddly enough immediately before I noticed your comment) and I'm looking forward to digging in.

    BTW, did you notice that the same issue of FC that raved about your book: (, had an article on the back page poking fun at the business best seller: (

    I'm hoping yours is really good, because I'd love to point to it and say "See?! Thinking with little drawings is the new thing! Who wants to buy a cartoon?"

  3. Yes, I saw the "business books make you stupid" commentary at the back of the FC mag. Which is ironic given the number of articles about, by, and for business authors.

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