At Visual Insight, we have had the privilege to be the “fly on the wall” in rooms with some of the best and the brightest thinkers in the world. The organizations that continue to astonish us with innovations seem to be those with a knack for empowering people. Watching great facilitators and leaders, we have noticed that the most effective are those who are attentive to roles. These individuals might switch between roles, but they cover all the bases and are clear with one another.
Even the best sometimes end up wasting time by being overly nice (“you first,” “I don’t want to be the one to say something negative,” etc.) or overly confrontational (someone dominating, criticizing others). To help people avoid group-think and embrace collective imagination, we at Visual Insight developed a set of cards to help people in meetings remember to cover all necessary roles.
We use the “decks” that Eileen developed last year as part of our Co-Creativity Toolkit. We wanted to share them with everyone to catalyze creativity in our meetings.
The cards themselves tell the story!