All posts in “metaphors”

In the process of trying to identify things we are looking at, our brains will close incomplete shapes and patterns.

Gestalt Theory #

Our eyes are inclined to follow lines and curves. If objects are along paths then we perceive a larger construct and also a sense of movement.

Gestalt Theory #

The more objects resemble each other, the more they will assemble.

Gestalt Theory #

How does your team stack up visually?

When you think about your team or work group, or indeed, your organisation, and when you think about working visually or graphically as a group, what do you notice?

How does each group member engage in meetings and how do they tend to take notes for themselves? Do they talk in simile or metaphor? “This job is like a bridge to my future.” “When we talk about change I see huge walls blocking us.”

Listen to the language your team uses during meetings. Watch how they take notes. Or do the doodle (maybe when you think they should be listening attentively.) Are they vocal? Quiet?

Observing your team can tell you a lot about how they are engaging with information and data. For instance, doodlers tend to be visual thinkers, and maybe kinesthetic as well. They need to engage the visual, creative side of their brain in order to process information. The kinesthetic doodlers needs be moving in order to engage their brains.

Working visually and graphically can engage all learning types and can broaden and deepen understanding and engagement. How to do that is the question. Using a graphic recording or meeting scribe can help. Using template that your team fills in can help as well. There are lots of solutions we can assist you with in planning your agendas to reach those critical outcomes. Draw us a verbal picture and we’ll help you engage your team fully.

The closer objects are to each other, the more likely they will form a larger whole.

Gestalt Theory #

What is your visual metaphor?

Pictures speak louder than words. One picture is worth a thousand words. Picture it! These phrases and many more like them are part of our daily speech and zeitgeist.

How do we put them into practice? Especially in the organisational context? Visual thinking within groups, teams and entire companies has become a new paradigm. Major global corporations and small start ups are engaging visually. Picture what I am saying is becoming a norm. Continue Reading…

Get on with it!

The best way to stop the confusion is to get on with the work at hand!

The best way to stop the confusion is to get on with the work at hand!

The statistics can be staggering, and a bit overwhelming, and a bit

depressing…unless you are a meeting venue then I suppose it is all good news. The stat of US$37 Billion spent on unproductive meetings is flying around the internet. And, according to someone 67% of meeting participants bring other work or text or email or just don’t engage. According to the stats committee meetings are a mess.

Our solution? Get on with it! There are solutions out there. Ur, a solution is here! You know if you meetings are bad or good. You know if you meeting culture is, well, like a hoover doing its job.

If you want your meeting culture to change start here and get on with it. Contact us to start the process. We’ll draw the best out of you.

Business themes: Maintain momentum with graphics.

It is one thing to have a business theme stated during a meeting. The CEO stands in front with a well-rehearsed deck of data ending with a major theme he / she wants to communicate. It is entirely another to maintain momentum and focus on your critical themes. Imagine seeing the theme unfold as a story rooted in major values, insights, vision elements and desired success. The visual story telling or scribing (as it unfolds) becomes the metaphor that holds the critical themes, and helps communicate them to stakeholders.
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What does a metaphor have to do with business?

We are a visual animal. Sixty-five percent of us are visual learners. (We are all auditory learners and 15% are kinesthetic learners.)

It is not surprise that we also speak visually. We use similes and metaphors to communicate ideas. “Our meetings are like shlogging through treacle.” “We made that decision faster than the speed of light.” We get what is being said because we all have experience of treacle or sticky molasses. We all know how fast light particles move.

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