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Images of Organsiations Experiential Learning Activity from RSVP

Images of Organisations

Images of Organisations are visual metaphor cards of organisational and business situations used as an introductory, ice breaker 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.

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Action Planning
  • Effective Communication
  • Feedback
  • Icebreaker
  • Teambuilding
  • Working with Conflict
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 6 - 16
  • Possible: 16 - 24
  • Duration
  • 20-40 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

Since its introduction in 2005, Images of Organisations has been one of the most popular 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.

The images include a wide variety of strong, negative emotions, eg:

  • • Frustration
  • • Confusion
  • • Isolation

Through to very positive shared experiences, eg:

  • The successful achievement of a challenging task
  • • The satisfaction of working in a skilled and specialist team
  • • The motivation of working in a competitive and stimulating environment.

Learning Objectives

  • • Management & workplace communications
  • • Team & organisational development
  • • Personal or team development planning
  • • Approaching otherwise difficult topics in a sensitive manner
  • • Giving and receiving feedback 
  • • Ice breaker activity, or closing exercise
  • • Working with conflict within a team

Activity Description

Activity Contents:

48x High quality laminated images (3x of each different image), Facilitation notes & suggested questions

Package Weight: 0.65kg

Suggested use: 

• 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 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.


Supports learning brilliantlyReview by Diane Allen Ltd
Quality of Learning Design
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I love using your Organisations cards. I use them on several of my workshops, culture change, working in teams, customer service, to name a few. The delegates love the vibrant visual approach and the cards encourage them to looking at things differently. Supports their learning outcomes brilliantly. (Posted on 14/06/2016)
Very effective imagesReview by Sandy
Quality of Learning Design
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When I saw Images of Organisations used at an RSVP Design event in May, I was impressed by its simplicity yet effectiveness for a potential range of team situations. We used the product as part of the warm-up to a review/strategic planning event for our Library management group. 'Images' proved to be a great way to open-up dialogue within the group about the legacy of previous structural re-organisations and the type of departmental/team culture that had prevailed over the last 2-3 years. It also enabled the managers to see clearly the need to move forward from the change and develop more positive cultures. Without a doubt, it set the 'moving forward' tone for the day and added value to the whole event
Sandy Wilkie
Staff Development Manager
University of St Andrews
(Posted on 20/01/2015)
EffectiveReview by Anon
Quality of Learning Design
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The images where used during an ice breaker session during a 2 day team development workshop. Although fun images they helped provoke and stimulate serious discussion on the challenges the team faced
(Posted on 20/01/2015)
very friendly and fast serviceReview by Lisa
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We received our Team cards (Images of Organisations) thanks, just wanted to say thanks for your very friendly and fast service- very pleased and will use your company again in the future.
Lisa Macleod
Business Coordinator
AYS Business Solutions (Posted on 13/01/2015)

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Click the link below for more information about Images of Organisations. We also have NEW 'Teacher Specific' notes for those who plan to use the activity with students or young people in an educational setting. Download our infographic on how to pick the ideal image card deck for facilitating, coaching, and personal development.


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