Some of our

Workshops

Our art exercises are created around and hinged on various psychometric frameworks, which allow us to ensure the discussion is steeped in research related to human behaviour. And thus, the results of our art-making process combined with the learnings of psychometric assessments like the HBDI and Hogan, bring clarity on how to put it all together.

Some of our workshops, the expected key outcomes, and how we approach them are listed below.

Time
Management

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. Understand their own preferences related to time management, the required strengths and their gaps.
  2. Prioritize their own professional and personal tasks (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly) using Stephen Covey’s productivity matrix but as a beautiful self-made art piece.
  3. Find ways to overcome procrastination and get started on seemingly heavy tasks

We have a half day session on Time Management and Prioritisation; and we use creative expression through art, as the method to engage and drive learning. 

The art-making process forces participants to relook at what does not work for them and what is working for them vis a vis their own time management. An understanding of prioritisation, combined with an exceptionally artistic method of expressing it, helps in retention and willingness to make a commitment to follow through.

Creative
Growth

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. Belief in ones own creative potential
  2. An awareness of methods leading to creative solutioning
  3. Practice of methods of creative solutioning
  4. Better efficiency therefore better productivity
  5. Survival by changing ways of working

Our art exercises help draw out this creativity that people did not ever think/believe existed in them. In our art-sessions, each and every participant reflects deeply on and talks about her/his discovery of the creative muscle within and how they can use it in their current roles in the organization. 

Art exercises include drawing, painting, sculpture-making, collage-making.

Taking
Perspective

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. Breaking self-defeating mental barriers related to the situation
  2. Be able to view a situation from multiple angles
  3. Generate solutions that factor in all view points

Perspective taking is a cognitive function, and art is at the core of our cognitive abilities. Art engages the non-rational, imaginative side of the brain, allowing it to look at life “il-logically”.

Our unique art exercises help our participants look at their real situations from varied angles. The results of our art-making process combined with the learning of the HBDI bring clarity on how to put it all together to adapt and deal with an uncertain scenario.

Self-
Awareness

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. To make purposeful decisions that push you forward
  2. Enhance empathy
  3. Strengthen communications and relationships
  4. Enhanced leadership capabilities and capacity
  5. Empowering employees to make changes in their self and environment

There are of course umpteen paths towards self-awareness… however, how many are easy to correlate to our work situations and apply for growth? 

Our art exercises are connected to your situation… we help you look at the situation through the colourful lens of art and help you decipher how you react and can respond better to situations at work. 

Embracing
Change

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. Being open minded
  2. Embracing the unknown and ambiguous
  3. Understanding and expressing the change required.
  4. Building process versus goal orientation

Change is the only constant in our lives. Embracing change is both a survival skill and a success skill. With our art exercises, we create a setting to help participants confront reality, affirm and articulate a convincing need for change. 

The articulation of a formal case for change happens via the art process. It aids in the creation of personal goals in sync with the organization`s goals and the possible road map that could guide personal and team behaviour to get there.

Developing
Emotional
Intelligence

Key Outcomes

Key Outcomes
  1. Being self-aware, recognizing and understanding ones own stressors
  2. Learning to manage negative emotions, gaining clarity.
  3. Discovering ways to be a stronger communicator at the workplace 
  4. Being able to manage ones emotions and others` emotions effectively.

Organisations are realizing that executives' ability to see themselves from the outside and others from the inside, plays an important role in effective team formation. These empathic executives would be better at managing relationships and establishing safe environments in which people can express hopes and fears. We use art because art, as a coaching tool, helps participants reach their inner depth, and can bring clarity, transform and motivate them forward in their lives, by accessing the intuitive, non-linear part of the brain.

When participants articulate their innermost thoughts through art, their artwork often expresses far more than they imagined they could. Art can create lightness out of a situation that has too much seriousness or significance about it.

Taking
Perspective

Key Outcomes

  1. Breaking self-defeating mental barriers related to the situation
  2. Be able to view a situation from multiple angles
  3. Generate solutions that factor in all view points

The world is changing constantly and demanding more from all of us, in terms of the skills we need to sharpen, the behaviours we need to demonstrate and the habits we need to acquire.

When new things are round the corner, or change is inevitable; it makes people uneasy not knowing the outcome. The right perspective, based on an adaptive mindset, has a way of cutting obstacles and adversity, down to size. Consciously focusing on taking perspective can make teams more efficient and more creative. It can push managers into deeper, more complex thinking that results in better outcomes.

Perspective taking is a cognitive function, and art is at the core of our cognitive abilities. Art engages the non-rational, imaginative side of the brain, allowing it to look at life “il-logically”.

Our unique art exercises help our participants look at their real situations from varied angles. The results of our art-making process combined with the learning of the HBDI bring clarity on how to put it all together to adapt and deal with an uncertain scenario.

 Workshop 

Taking
Perspective

Key Outcomes

  1. Breaking self-defeating mental barriers related to the situation
  2. Be able to view a situation from multiple angles
  3. Generate solutions that factor in all view points

The world is changing constantly and demanding more from all of us, in terms of the skills we need to sharpen, the behaviours we need to demonstrate and the habits we need to acquire.

When new things are round the corner, or change is inevitable; it makes people uneasy not knowing the outcome. The right perspective, based on an adaptive mindset, has a way of cutting obstacles and adversity, down to size. Consciously focusing on taking perspective can make teams more efficient and more creative. It can push managers into deeper, more complex thinking that results in better outcomes.

Perspective taking is a cognitive function, and art is at the core of our cognitive abilities. Art engages the non-rational, imaginative side of the brain, allowing it to look at life “il-logically”.

Our unique art exercises help our participants look at their real situations from varied angles. The results of our art-making process combined with the learning of the HBDI bring clarity on how to put it all together to adapt and deal with an uncertain scenario.

 Workshop 

Higher Emotional Intelligence

Key Outcomes

  1. Being self-aware, recognizing and understanding ones own stressors
  2. Learning to manage negative emotions, gaining clarity.
  3. Discovering ways to be a stronger communicator at the workplace 
  4. Being able to manage ones emotions and others` emotions effectively.

Organisations are realizing that executives` ability to see themselves from the outside and others from the inside, plays an important role in effective team formation. These empathic executives would be better at managing relationships and establishing safe environments in which people can express hopes and fears. Visibly caring about the well-being of others creates reciprocity; empathy begets empathy. However, lack of empathy prevents awareness of the experiences of others, even in organisations, and leads to insensitivity and misunderstanding.

Empathy contributes to better negotiation, collaboration, and conflict resolution. When the expression of empathy is part of a company’s culture, its stress level will be lower. These advantages lead to a more committed workforce with a greater motivation.

We use art because art, as a coaching tool, helps participants reach their inner depth, and can bring clarity, transform and motivate them forward in their lives, by accessing the intuitive, non-linear part of the brain.
When participants articulate their innermost thoughts through art, their artwork often expresses far more than they imagined they could. Art can create lightness out of a situation that has too much seriousness or significance about it.

Case
Studies

We work with educational institutes and with corporates. Here are a couple of case studies for your understanding.

Indian Institute of Technology

IIT-Delhi`s NRCVEE department runs a course called Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility. Under this umbrella, we were asked to create a workshop that would not bore the students, would be 70 hours which meant keeping them engaged consistently and most importantly ensure that they left college capable of being future leaders, with increased empathy, less biases, and better focus on his/her purpose and goals.

To begin with, it was a tough proposition to keep 35 young adult students engaged and committed for six days. Art, music and debating became the pillars of our workshops.

We went through various topics like self-awareness, emotional quotient, communication, collaboration, time management, critical thinking, and goal setting over the course of the workshop.

Some key objectives that were met –

  1. An increase in camaraderie between batch-mates who have never met or even seen each other.
  2. An awareness of what it would take to be successful in the real world outside IIT.
  3. An introduction to leadership skills like emotional quotient
  4. An understanding of how to communicate and collaborate better

Godfrey Philips India Ltd

The company's annual five-days program for the sales teams has traditionally focused on behavioural training aligned towards sales-oriented behaviour. They had never been experimental in trying alternative formats.

In 2019, the need for the sales team to begin integrating innovation with processes became acute. 

Creativity and innovation cannot really be taught.

We educated the client about the fact everyone is innately creative and creative confidence can be drawn out by using alternate formats of learning.

We therefore recommended an arts-based training session for the sales team. In this session, we used an engaging and creative format - drawing, painting, and collage-making to unleash the creative and out of the box thinker in participants.

An art session like this also helps develop trust, find shared values, shift in perceptions, combine right-brain imagination with left-brain logic and analysis to increase the capacity for breakthrough ideas and insights.

Participants went through deep reflection and discussion about their discovery of the creative muscle within and think through how these creative/ out of the box ideas can be used for the current innovation crisis in the organization.

As a follow up to the art-making process, we used the brainstorming technique, broke up participants into teams to create a competitive environment, gave them caselets mimicking real situations and let them eventually make presentations, even enact it out or present a debate.

Some key objectives that were met –

  1. Re-looking at one's own thinking style, attitude towards work, his her role etc 
  2. Thinking out of the box, thinking efficiency & improved productivity- what does it take to have a creative streak 
  3. If these creative/innovative ideas could potentially be implemented in the real world.
  4. Staying relevant and future focused

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