Building Great Teams One Image at a Time
What do pinterest, tumbler and facebook have in common with VisualsSpeak?
Over the last year, we’ve seen the popularity of visuals rise. From Pinterest to infographics, images are everywhere.
The reason is simple. Images are highly effective.
That’s what makes VisualsSpeak tools so powerful.
The ability to “paint a thousand words” in one image is one reason the human brain loves pictures.
One picture can convey years of meaning and memory. When used in team-building efforts, images can be a powerful team-building tool.
Why Image Decks are So Powerful
Of course the primary reason the VisualsSpeak image decks are so powerful is that they are made up of images. But, the decks aren’t just piles of images, the images themselves have been tested and vetted to make sure they get results.
In a team-building setting, images can cross all sorts of interpersonal communication boundaries between members of a group as well as shine light on all of the variations among group members. But the images can also shed light on the similarities among a diversified group of team members. Unveiling these often unnoticed similarities can create a more powerful group dynamic, creating a much healthier and more productive team.
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
Here’s Lori Silverman’s story:
Lori Silverman is a builder. As a key leader of Portland State University’s Professional Development Center, Lori helps the university build new degree and certificate programs. And that means bringing teams, boards, and committees together. A lot.
So when it was time to put a new advisory panel together and set up a first meeting? Well, we’ll just let Lori tell you herself, in her own words:
“It was my first meeting with my advisory panel and on it’s way to a humdrum bother of a meeting for everyone until I decided to use VisualsSpeak. My biggest anxiety was giving up a full 90 minutes of a two hour meeting just to introduce
“In just 90 minutes I have the richest understanding of my new advisory panel’s ability to contribute, special attributes, natural leadership and group tendencies, willingness levels, commitment level, level of understanding of the program and most interesting to me – they have a genuine curiosity about each other – and a desire to work together in the future. Sometimes I have worked for months to glean that kind of knowledge on a team – and almost never got it.
“I have to admit that biting the bullet and committing 90 minutes of their first meeting to playing with images was risky – I didn’t know them well, and I felt like and they made me feel like I was asking a lot of them just to be there – but WOW. One of them had told me in advance that he would not be able to stay for the entire meeting – so when the meeting finished and I asked why he stayed – he said that he guessed it was a barometer for his interest in the meeting!
“I couldn’t have done that with my old agendas’ ‘Statement of Purpose, New Business, Yawn, yawn.’ Thanks to the team building tool, I think we have eliminated so much of the hidden agenda, anxiety, waste of time kinds of feelings on behalf of the group.”
You can learn more about the Team-Building tools here >> Building Great Teams