“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
We love to work with pictures in all sorts of ways! Because truth be told, they can sometimes be worth even more than 1,000 words. They enhance our creativity to improve communication, generate new ways of thinking, jump-start stalled projects, and take us to places we didn’t know we could go to amp up our imagination.
We built pictures into our facilitation practice and the teams we work with asked for them, so we created the Let the Picture Pick You Deck, inspiring images that can transport you to new places of understanding and knowledge.
Here’s some Team Activities to get your started with pictures:
“Getting to Know You’ Warm Up – Invite each team member to choose a picture that represents something about themselves. Ask them to find someone else they don’t know very well. Then instruct everyone to share with their picture and how it represents them to their partner (share only what they want to). Invite everyone to switch partners and share again. Repeat one more time, then have everyone share one thing about themselves to the whole group.
Pulse Check – Invite each team member to choose a picture that captures how they are feeling and/or what they are thinking. Ask everyone to share in pairs, clusters or with the full group.
Envisioning Success – Invite each team member to choose a picture that represents their personal BEST and BRIGHTEST expectations for the meeting or project. Give everyone a few moments to think of a title for their picture. One by one, ask each person to share their picture, title and what Success Looks Like for them. After everyone has shared, as a team, identify the common elements of success and capture on a chart pad or graphic template such as Circle Around or Success Looks Like.
Just add pictures and enjoy the boost in team CREATIVITY!