Visual Finance: A Picture is Worth 1000 Numbers!

Making financial results easy to understand

Traditional financial statements use long columns of numbers; this makes the information inaccessible to users who are not comfortable working with large numbers of numbers.  The Company Board® is a 3-dimensional landscape of a business that makes it easy to understand financial results. 

We present the same information as the financial statements, but we do it graphically - using colour, placement and volume to create meaning. The relationships are made easy to understand and to assess at a glance - for example, the Debt-to-Equity ratio is the relationship of red stacks to black stacks in the bottom area of the Balance Sheet. A wealth of new understanding is created by having the Income Statement beside the Balance Sheet, using the same scale.

The Visual Finance methodology is a key element in the Income/Outcome business simulation workshops.  About 65% of adults are visual learners, this methodology addresses their needs.

Using Visual Finance to Understand Finance
finance for non financial managers Business Visualization: Income Statement and Balance Sheet. The Income/Outcome simulation board defines the two basic financial statements and the connections between them. Long after the classroom session is finished, employees continue to use this visual as a matrix for organizing and expressing ideas.
finance for non financial managers Business Visualization: The Difference Between Cash and Profit. A company manages separately for cash and profit. The Income/Outcome simulation board separates these concepts into two distinct but related flows of activity. Understanding cash flow is one of the most powerful aha! moments achieved by learners.
finance for non financial managers Business Visualization: The Income/Outcome Triangle for Ratio Analysis. The structure of the Income/Outcome simulation board supports a visual understanding of the use, importance, and inter-relationship of key financial ratios. The Income/Outcome Triangle for Ratio Analysis will be of permanent value to all managers.
finance for non financial managers Business Visualization: Income Statement Analysis. Managers and executives use our simulation board to visualize scenarios created by strategic opportunity. This visual representation incorporates cost structure and profit, working capital and cash flow, competitor considerations, development time to market, and the overall health of the company.

* "The Company Board" business visualizer is patent pending.

Visual Finance iPad App

Evaluate the financial health of a company with the Visual Finance iPad app. Check it out

Visual Finance iPad App

Explore an Interactive Company Board

resources visualizer

Explore an interactive version of the Company Board, toggling between Toyota, Google, GM, and HP's financials.

Note: you need to allow pop ups from us to use this interactive feature.