I just worked at a mining company’s two day management workshop. Held at a fancy conference centre outside Melbourne, it featured two top-grade facilitators and the upper management of the company’s three divisions. As usual, my job was to sit in the corner with my eyes peeled, listening to what was being said and coming up with visual metaphors that hopefully captured some essence of the day’s discussions.
As it turned out, the three divisions were all working very well independently, but there were occasions where they weren’t working so well together for the greater good of the company - a common and tricky scenario. At the end of each day I’d put my drawings up around the room for everyone to peruse, and these acted as a catalyst for more discussion. Sometimes, when a group has been struggling with the language and ideas around difficult and abstract problems, it gives a fresh and new perspective to see them put into pictures and metaphors.
I had a chat with their COO at the end, about doing of a series of cartoon-based safety posters for use around their sites.
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