A joined-up visual thinking led approach to implementing your organisation's vision
Author Archives: John Ashton
I work with you and your people to create images that start a conversation in your organisation.
If you are an organisation going through change, starting something new or simply wanting to engage people with your idea or story, I can help.
Using a combination of people development techniques, visual thinking approaches and graphic facilitation skills, I help organisations and individuals discuss, explore and visualise their thinking – increasing understanding, learning and collaboration in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world.
So, if your organisation is going through change, starting something new or simply wanting to engage people with your story, please contact me using the contact details above or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com to find out more.
Really enjoyed designing and facilitating an event for Travis Perkins PLC yesterday. The outputs from the event will be used for a variety of purposes including helping me design a rich picture showing the benefits to internal and external customers of a new system being launched in the coming months.
This has been a really collaborative piece of work so far and I’ve enjoyed working with my client to develop yesterdays session and plan for the next steps of our work together.
Today I’m off to spend 1 hour with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Interflora’s owner FTD Companies. In that hour I’ll be capturing his vision for the companies global IT strategy using the trusty visual thinking tools of pens and paper. Ironic given that it’s an IT strategy!
This is the exciting part of many of my projects: the initial design stage.
I’ve met with my client, understood what they want to communicate and who they want to engage with through the finalised rich picture I will produce. Now it’s time to turn the initial idea into the finished product!
Great workshop design session with my @TP_plc (Travis Perkins) client in readiness for an event next month. We met at the @SaintsRugby ground in Northampton (the venue for the event) and worked together to create a visual and interactive session that will achieve my clients objectives during and after the event. Looking forward to facilitating the event! #graphicfacilitation #engage
An idea that remains trapped in your head serves no purpose.
The above is rather a blunt statement – but is intrinsically true.
If you have a great idea but are not able to articulate it to others or implement it by yourself, then nothing will have been gained by having an idea that could have been the ‘next big thing’!
That’s why helping people find ways of unlocking their thinking and then sharing this with others is so critical to all organisations.
In my experience, helping people visualise their thinking through sketches, diagrams and doodles (either by encouraging them to do this themselves or capturing their thinking for them) helps them focus their thinking, experiment more freely with their ideas and find ways to more easily explain their ideas to others.
The creativity of the visualisation process adds a new dynamic and energy that cannot usually be achieved through simply talking about an idea.
So, why not get your teams to visualise their thinking at your next team meeting and see what great ideas can be released from your teams heads!
To find out more about how Crackerjack can help you develop your ideas, please CONTACT US.
Crackerjack is pleased to share that Travis Perkins PLC (one of the building industries most popular brands and owner of 20+ trade, home improvement and DIY businesses including Wickes and Toolstation) has asked us to help them design and facilitate a key event in a major change programme and then produce a rich picture to share the ouputs from the event across the organisation.
To find out how we can help you develop and communicate your ideas (including strategies and visions) across your organisation, please CONTACT US.
Crackerjack Visual Thinking is pleased to share that we have been commissioned to create a rich picture detailing The Nottingham’s strategic vision.
The new image will have an underlying theme sharing the benefits of mutuality for customers, members and staff alongside several other key elements important to the success of the organisation and its’ members.
We will be working closely with stakeholders at The Nottingham to develop the image over the next few weeks and will involve staff from across the organisation as part the design process.
In addition to providing existing team members with a clear visual overview of The Nottingham’s strategic vision, the rich picture will also be used to orient people during the induction process and to share The Nottingham’s vision with partner organisations and members of the building society.
To find out how we can help you engage people with your organisations vision, please CONTACT US.