This is another in a series of visual metaphors that I provide as a learning tool for executive coaches in order to develop their clients’ leadership skills. This visual metaphor is a three panel, sequential cartoon that illustrates this client’s current career state, a transitional state and a successful final state that sees the individual flourish in the company. Below is this man’s description of his particular leadership challenges from which I derive my illustrations:
I’m a scout looking for talent – like the college football coach. This is a searching image.
This is a finding image. I’ve climbed to the summit and I can see all the pieces. I have a great sense of clarity regarding both my purpose and the resources available to me.
This is an image of having control. I’m an orchestra conductor. I have that beautiful vantage point with everything under me and I can see the entire performance unfolding in front of me. I’m recognized as the leader and I have control over what’s happening, and all is going well.
I selected this visual metaphor as being highly typical of what I do. In a lot of cases, the client compares his or her career to a sporting event, climbing a mountain or conducting an orchestra. This particular metaphor had all three!