Business & Community

“Drawing permits me to reduce the abstract to the concrete.  Sharpening this ability is a skill that is readily transferable to my professional life.”

Edwin P. Smith, Esq.

Organizations are always looking for ways to help their employees develop new ways of seeing, thinking and creatively advancing their mission.  While it might not seem obvious, the development of drawing skills is one of the most innovative and effective tools for achieving this goal.

How we see ourselves. People who have long given up hope of being able to draw something recognizable (let alone realistic) will learn to draw with impressive results. This achievement encourages them to look at other self-imposed limitations in their lives and fundamentally changes their view of themselves and what they can accomplish.

How we learn. Because drawing is not a job requirement and participants are not expected to know how to do it, everyone is equally “lost” and ready to have fun. As beginners, they can more easily recognize the underlying patterns of thinking that influence how they approach new information and deal with change.

How we work together. The Branch Out process helps participants develop a new awareness of how problem situations need to be seen from multiple points of view and understood as a system in which everything affects everything else. These communication and problem solving skills are at the center of the drawing process.

Before and after one hour of instruction

In the full-day workshop, lead by two facilitators, participants are presented with a sequence of drawing exercises and topics for discussion that are centered on the theme of cultivating creative thinking.  These foundational exercises have been selected from a larger repertoire that can be used to extend the workshops to further develop management principles of specific interest.

The facilitated discussions help participants apply these learned processes to decision-making in the business environment.  This two-part structure, pairing practice with analysis, strengthens the transfer of effective creative skills, drawing parallels from the workshop to the workplace.