Visual Metaphor – Everything Everywhere All at Once

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 woman’s description of her particular leadership challenges from which I derive my illustrations:

There are a lot of things coming at us and my team is relying on me to give them stability through all the changes, and to make sure there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m influencing more change in the company now—but I’m more on the side lines.

Now I get to be the one who’s actually driving key change in the company.  The change is more my vision–a vision that excites both me and others.

Click on the thumbnails above for a larger view.

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2 Responses to Visual Metaphor – Everything Everywhere All at Once

  1. Marylou MacMillan says:

    Oh my God Joe, I LOVED this one, especially the last picture – the way I interpreted
    it, was the company’s manager had his eye on the employees and they were given the “key to success.”! I hope I thought the right thoughts and got the idea right- I?

    You’re great, I’d hire you in a New York Minute if I needed an artist! Wish we had worked together at Taws, then I could say that I actually know a famous artist personally! Your mom must be so proud of you, and it’s just so cool that Tina is in the same profession as you!

    Marylou MacMillan

    PS – sometimes, I feel like my mind is Everything Everywhere All At Once-but, in slow motion, because I’m old!

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks, Marylou! Sadly, I am neither famous nor rich although when that Powerball comes through, you can say you knew me when.

    As far as Taws, I’ve reached out to some long time employees and am cooking on an article.

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