Images of Resilience contains multiple copies of 16 carefully designed images drawn in an attractive cartoon style. The images are metaphors, representing a range of experiences and emotions linked with the theme of RESILIENCE. They facilitate the exploration of different facets of resilience and its connections with stress, change, challenge and learning.
Images of Resilience is an extremely powerful tool for use in one-to-one coaching. It can also be used in small group discussions (of up to three people). Here is a detailed example of how you can use Images of Resilience in coaching.
Ask the questions:
“What is it that motivates you?
“What is your internal drive that makes you want to commit to something that might be difficult and stressful?
Ask, “What are those risks and what do you think you can do to prevent or overcome them?”
(Allow enough time for the coachee to consider the cards and think about what they might mean – a minimum of 5 minutes of reflection time).
When the cards have been selected, ask the coachee what the cards mean to him / her.
Explore two aspects:
Can they give examples of how and when they use it?
For example, if the coachee selected the image entitled ‘Bouncing Back’ – the wobbly toys, can he / she describe situations in which he / she has taken knocks or criticism and been able to bounce back in a positive way?
The first card should represent what they feel is their own most valuable ability in relation to resilience (ie, what they think they do best and find most useful). For example, this might be endurance – a willingness to work with uncertainty and ambiguity or an ability to find creative ways of dealing with barriers to progress.
The second card should represent what they believe they would find most difficult. For example, keeping focus when there are many distractions and being flexible about a process when under pressure to deliver results or overcoming their fears.
This process will explore various dimensions of personal resilience within the working environment leading to a depth that may have taken many hours within an ordinary coaching session.
Images of Resilience can be used in education to help students explore specific skills valued by employers and to manage work as a part of life to find their own personal coping strategies when under pressure.
A video giving more details about resilience and Images of Resilience is available on YouTube:
For more information, and to order the toolbox Images of Resilience, visit www.rsvpdesign.co.uk