Images of Organisations® are visual metaphor cards of organisational and business situations used as an introductory, ice breaker, activity review or closing activity to encourage discussion and sharing of experience, feelings, and perceptions. These popular images are highly versatile and can be used with individuals or teams to generate rich discussions.
Since its introduction in 2005, Images of Organisations® has been one of the most popular tools in the RSVP Design range. It contains three copies of 16 carefully designed and selected images that have been drawn in an attractive cartoon style. The images represent a range of experiences and emotions, many of which will be familiar to anyone working in an organisation, sitting on a committee or attending regular meetings! This should be no surprise as they are all based on descriptions that real people in real organisations have given to us over the years about what it felt like to be part of a team or an organisation at a particular point in time.
Watch the Webinar below to learn about using Images of Organisations as an ice-breaker activity
The images include a wide variety of strong, negative emotions, eg:
Through to very positive shared experiences, eg:
Using this physical deck with in-person groups can now be recreated with virtual/remote groups. A separate fully functioning online product version is now available see Images of Organisations (online version).
Click here for our guide to selecting the right image based activity for you!
In April 2020 we included a digital image of all 16x cartoons to be used with remote learners / groups. This recognised the additional difficulties in building remote teams, and the need for them to be able to quickly build a sense of relatedness despite the challenges posed in communicating via online meeting software.
We further developed this into a fully functioning online version, now available here: Images of Organisations (online version) on the experientiallearningtools.com platform.
Some suggested uses of Images of Organisations:
• At the start of a conference or training programme in which delegates do not know each other.
Asking delegates to choose an image that means something to them as individuals - this elicits far more information than simply asking them to state their name and job role as part of a 'creeping death' introduction!
• As a way of finding out about different perspectives amongst team members.
Are different individuals experiencing very different things at the same time? Is one person’s exciting change another’s nightmarish upheaval? Two people can look at the same image yet feel/imagine very different possibilities.
• As a lead-in to team action planning at the end of a team development programme.
The positive and negative nature of the images allows teams to choose an image to aspire to and an image to avoid.
• In exploring organisational values.
What do the individual images that team members have chosen say about their individual values? What is important to them about working in this team/on this project/as part of this organisation? Values are more than words, and the use of metaphor can begin to explore what values really mean to people, and deepen their shared understanding.
• In performance appraisal.
The positive and negative nature of the images allows managers and subordinates to explore images that might reflect times and activities when things were going well, as well as those when things were more difficult.
48x High quality laminated A5 images (3x of each different image),
Facilitation notes with activity delivery and review suggestions
Description for each cartoon with suggested questions
Package Weight: 0.65kg
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