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Visual Toolkit Supporting Organizations in the World of Creativity

Welcome to our visual toolkit supporting organizations go through the looking glass into the transparent world of breakthrough creativity and roles-based collaboration.  Here is a snapshot, and please scroll down the earlier post to see our mural from the 2014 Future of Talent retreat, showing the trends that inform our tools.offerings-1

Through the Looking Glass into the World of Creativity

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Eileen and Sequoia created this mural to present at the 10th annual Future of Talent retreat in Marin County, CA based on Kevin Wheeler and Eileen’s forecasts of trends that will influence the workplace over the next 3-5 years.  We are continuing our research over the next few months and expect significant insights and pragmatic solutions to be released in early 2015. In brief, the trends are:

1. World of Creativit
y – In the future, leaders will facilitate individuals to develop their own creative potential, while nurturing a co-creative environment where they understand their roles and how to synchronize their gifts. In a world of rapid change and complexity, no one has the answers and success will come from innovation (goal-oriented creativity). We are exploring the specific behaviors and organizational principles that will enable results.

2. Through the Looking Glass 
- Borrowed from Lewis Carroll whose “Alice in Wonderland” recounted entry into a world where reality is turned upside down,  “Through the Looking Glass” is a way to think about how we are challenged to live in the new world of creativity. How would you work differently in a world where people are more important than products? Where health is more important than workaholism? Where emotions and intuition are honored at least as much as left-brain thinking?

3. Speed Trumps Process - 
Navigating fast change and complexity requires action — experiments, mistakes, and trying again. Resilience and readiness replace old strategic planning processes and cumbersome organizational systems.

4. Designing with Data - 
Continuous capture and organization of data is essential for decision-making. The challenge is how to curate and apply. An emerging skillset is to marry left and right brain thinking so that data supports wise and innovative decision-making. Needed: objective, robust, well organized data PLUS imagination, intuition and pattern-finding to apply it.

5. Beyond Words - We are well into the visual age. What’s new is the way we are bringing together cognitive science and ancient knowledge about “the shape of thought” to connect with hearts and feelings as well as minds. This trend accompanies “designing with data” as we are challenged to create images that compress massive amounts of information enabling us to see and act on patterns that emerge visually.  Images are central in the world of creativity because they can capture shared concepts before they have crystalized into words.

6. Tribes and Teams - The old days are long gone when people would expect to have a single job or even a single profession for their working life. We move in and out of workplaces and careers. Teams are in the moment: The group you are working with now to innovate, create collective action, and achieve goals. Tribes are long-term communities of like-minded people, fellow professionals in your field, mentors and mentees, nearby friends and neighbors who trade ideas even as they are employed or contracted by different organizations. Tribes enable ongoing mutual support.

7. Flat is the new Black - 
The idea of the flat organization has been around for decades. Yet most workplaces still operate with hierarchy that limits transparency and an individual’s capability to fully contribute to the whole. The gap between knowing and doing is closing as a result of a more nuanced understanding about how collaboration actually works. It’s not a free-for-all, but a new kind of architecture that defines roles, relationships, information flows and effective collective decision-making.

Climate Change through Visual Murals

Experts and state leaders gathered at U.C. Davis to evaluate the impact of global climate change on California agriculture. Eileen Clegg depicted the conversations and ideas that emerged at the meeting back in May. Among the speakers was California Gov. Jerry Brown, Jr.  The two murals are now posted at the Giannini Foundation offices. Can you see the elephant in the room?

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Powering Group Imagination with New Visual Tools

Yes! Visuals ignite creative action. After two years in an MA program studying symbols, imagination and the unconscious, I’ve discovered some new keys to unlocking the power of group imagination. And our Visual Insight Team is transforming this knowledge into new visual tools to help individuals and organizations communicate complex messages both internally among stakeholders and with their public audience.

Please enjoy the images below and for more details go to our  Services page. Thanks to all of our Visual Insight friends for your support on our journey.

Trust-building for Teams: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding 1/2 day session virtually or live, Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic 3 day turnaround, Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery 1 day training

 

Trust-building for Teams: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding 1/2 day session virtually or live Trust in effective teams usually develops over time as you get to know each others' strengths, weaknesses and quirks. But with rapid-forming and ever-changing teams today, we need to quicken the process. Visual Insight has developed a breakthrough team-building experience that deeply connects people to work successfully toward shared goals and aspirations in one day, virtually or in the room together.  Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic 3 day turnaround Most organizations have key messages that take the form of reports or slide decks. But in our increasingly visual and time-stressed culture, we cannot count on people to wade through too much information. The solution is a one-page big picture graphic that speaks to hearts as well as minds, showing meaning and patterns as well as data. Send us your materials and we’ll turn them into a one page graphic that can be posted on the web or printed out as a handout or poster.  Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery 1 day training Leaders today need to think symbolically and speak the international language of metaphor. This enables them to shape their strategy and culture. Most people have these capabilities innately, but need to rediscover and apply them to be effective leaders.  Visual Insight has also started a publishing company, Visual Insight Press, focused on harvesting wisdom of excellent organizational practitioners, delivering their gems of insight in pithy language and graphics. We welcome your ideas about potential topics and authors. Traditional royalty structure for softcover and e-books. We are excited about our first book, The HOW of leadership by Rob Reindl.


Trust-building for Teams
: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding
1/2 day session virtually or live
Trust in effective teams usually develops over time as you get to know each others’ strengths, weaknesses and quirks. But with rapid-forming and ever-changing teams today, we need to quicken the process. Visual Insight has developed a breakthrough team-building experience that deeply connects people to work successfully toward shared goals and aspirations in one day, virtually or in the room together.

Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic
3 day turnaround
Most organizations have key messages that take the form of reports or slide decks. But in our increasingly visual and time-stressed culture, we cannot count on people to wade through too much information. The solution is a one-page big picture graphic that speaks to hearts as well as minds, showing meaning and patterns as well as data. Send us your materials and we’ll turn them into a one page graphic that can be posted on the web or printed out as a handout or poster.

Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery
1 day training
Leaders today need to think symbolically and speak the international language of metaphor. This enables them to shape their strategy and culture. Most people have these capabilities innately, but need to rediscover and apply them to be effective leaders.

Visual Insight has also started a publishing company, Visual Insight Press, focused on harvesting wisdom of excellent organizational practitioners, delivering their gems of insight in pithy language and graphics. We welcome your ideas about potential topics and authors. Traditional royalty structure for softcover and e-books. We are excited about our first book, The HOW of leadership by Rob Reindl.

For more information on how visuals can help your organization please contact us.

#rwjf1stFri Live Digital Mural

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We’re in a time when words and information are flying by us at warp speed, making it nearly impossible to see the big picture at all times. Instead of taking verbal meeting notes or providing a transcript of a session, we take live visual notes during an event and immediately following, have a mural of the information to share with others to help fully comprehend the big picture.

For example:  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation holds First Fridays webinars through Google Hangouts to discuss pressing social issues facing our world. Through these webinars, they are developing a community working to change what we’ve come to consider the norm. On September 5, a #rwjf1stFri webinar was held to discuss Active Kids, Healthier Food as the school year is beginning and childhood obesity is an important issue to combat. Speakers from nonprofits, Nike and a school in Philadelphia answered questions pertaining to this topic and questions from the audience followed.

This mural was created live during the meeting, a wonderful technology that more and more businesses and organizations are using to help get the message across in the most memorable way possible. Any meeting or webinar can be captured live, helping your audience make the most of the message they’ve received and enabling them to easily share with others, spreading the word in a form that is both easy to understand and remember.

Please contact Visual Insight if you’re interested in sharing your organization’s message visually.