Visual Explorer Facilitator's Playing Card Set (6.3cm x 8.8cm)

Develop effective coaching skills for managers and leaders by using Visual Explorer metaphor cards to generate rich discussion, innovation, and creativity in one-to-one coaching sessions.

Developed by one of the top-ranked providers of executive education, Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL), Visual Explorer can also be used in larger groups due to the size of the images as a team development exercise for action planning, change management, and goal setting. 

Different sizes are also available: Letter Sized and Post Card Sized packs.

Click here for our guide to selecting the right image based activity for you! 

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Action Planning
  • Change Management
  • Coaching Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Goal-setting & Monitoring
  • Innovation
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 16 - 24
  • Possible: 2-30
  • Duration
  • 30-90 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

A set of playing card sized images used to facilitate creative discussions on any leadership topic. Developed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Visual Explorer uses abstract images, metaphors, emotions and intuitions to kick-start creative discussions. These discussions should help to tackle important issues that could arise in any environment; and to build bridges between people.

Visual Explorer is best used when a situation is complex and has unknown elements and hidden assumptions. It is especially useful when there are a variety of perspectives involved and a number of social boundaries to be spanned.

The Playing Card sized cards work well on any size of group up to 24 but are most effective with more intimate groups and in one-on-one situations. The minimum time allowed for the activity should be 60-90 minutes.

For larger groups, consider the larger Visual Explorer cards; Letter Size and Postcard Size. 

Learning Objectives

  • • Creative Thinking
  • • Understanding Individual Perspectives
  • • Create Discussions
  • • Performance Review
  • • Personal or Team Development

Activity Description

Activity Content:

216 Playing Card sized (6.3cm x 8.8cm) image cards, 1x Visual Explorer’s Facilitators Guide.

Package Weight: 1.25kg

Participants are informed of a framing question by the facilitator, such as ‘How are we creative as a team?’ or ‘What could we improve as a team?’, and instructed to browse the cards in silence until they find one that they feel relates to their answer or reaction to the question asked. Facilitators should allow 10 minutes of browsing time.

Small groups of 3-5 people should be formed and each participant should take at least 10 minutes to quietly observe, reflect on their image and consider their responses to the question before they share with the rest of the group why they feel their image answers the question of the session. Five minutes should be allocated to each person for the introductory discussion on their image.  Extended time should then be taken for the group to converse about each other's images.

The facilitator guide can also be applied to any other image based metaphor activity e.g. expresspack 


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I like them a lot because the images are well-chosen to be inspiring and because the playing card format is easy to use and flexible. I haven't used the facilitator's guide yet but I've read it and I like the ideas in it. (Posted on 25/04/2016)

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