We can find inspirations for the future in our own photos

Hi, this is Dorota :). Again, this week I follow the idea to collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching with you. I think it is a great idea to learn from recent experience.

Today, it is about finding inspirations in your own photos. This insight was born during our session on ‘The Most Important Photo’. The point is to choose one photo that you consider ‘the most important’ for you. And then, the coaching session is based on the self-exploration inspired by this photo.

The task to choose ‘the most important photo’ triggers lots of reflections and questions about how to choose such a photo, what does it mean ‘most important’, what is ‘most important’, what criteria to use…

As always, working with clients’ personal photos in coaching that involved choosing pictures before the session, creates additional spaces where people can learn and deepen their self-awareness. I’m fascinated by how the preparatory work is useful and insightful for us.

And this is why I include them in the process and there always happens a lot before even we started our work together.

Anyway, coming back to the initial insight, when we contemplate ‘the most important photo’ that was chosen from our personal photo-album, or a personal collections of photos, we find inspirations for our future in our own past. We learn from that photo something that we can use today to become a change we wish. Memories from the past can be a great source of knowledge that we can use today to make choices and take decisions about us that will shape our live today. And each day, today, tomorrow, next days… is our future.

It’s cool to find inspirations in our own biographies, isn’t it? To learn that we have knowledge, experience, and other resources available here and now! For many of my clients, it makes a good difference to discover something useful in their own photos.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 

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It’s not about art, it’s about personal meanings.

Hi, this is Dorota :). Last week we started the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching. I think that it is a great occasion to collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions with you. Today, it is about listening to the client, not watching their photos 😉

When we use client’s personal photos during a coaching session we do not comment or evaluate them based on artistic criteria. There is a better way to engage with the client. As coaches, we focus on personal meanings and insights from the photos. Not on the aesthetic qualities of the photos. For instance, we do not say that “it is a beautiful photo”. This would focus the client’s attention on what is not related to the coaching topic. Instead, ask about what is important in the photo or what was important in choosing and bringing this photo to the session, or how is it related to the goal of the coaching session.

The role of a coach is to create a safe and inspiring space for self-exploration for the client. Every second when a coach listens creates a second of self-reflection for the client.

That’s why we ask short, good questions and then, become listeners during a coaching session. And there are powerful coaching questions about photos that take people deep and far in their self-reflection. These powerful questions bring real value to the client who can find important answers. This is why people work with good coaches.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 🙂

If you want to learn photography in coaching, you can join the next upcoming course in January – February 2021. Here is the link: ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS Photography in Coaching

All text and photos on this website are © Copyright 2020 by Dorota Raniszewska; All Rights Reserved

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A few words of gratitude and some ideas for you after the ONE IMAGE MANY WORDS workshop in Warsaw on 26-28 August

😀 I’m happy about these three days spent together with you and your photos. For several years, in the last week of August, I have traditionally conducted the course on photography in coaching “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS”. It was a very inspiring time 💎 I’m thankful to you for your openness, courage, curiosity and mutual exchange 🔥

Some time ago, I followed my voice, dream, passion. I feel like I’ve come a long way with photography, and I’m still somewhere at the beginning.

One photo hides the whole story.

The Life Photo Album as a technique to work around your achievements, strenghts, supporting relationships in life and to plan next steps.

A photo as a Visual metaphor that helps to explain complex realities within us, such as feelings or emotions.

The Most Important Photo as a technique to work around your identity, values and current moment in life.

Taking photos as a technique to look for a new perspective on a defined coaching topic.

Our souvenir photo together. From the left: Olena, Marta, Joana, Marta, Bara and me, Dorota.

Warsaw, 26-28.08.2020

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people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

In October I am on a morning walk in the park every day. I take pictures of trees. The tree gives a sense of rest and security. It inspires me. It symbolizes life, strength, persistence and family. And the silhouettes of trees are like people. They express emotions. This leaning ‘feels’ differently than the soaring, which reaches the sky. Old massive oak raises other sensations and snow-white, slender birch the other. You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees. Man is like a tree, ingrown to the ground and crowned towards the sky. The more grounded it is, the higher it grows. I need roots – values to make the right decisions. I need a trunk – a fracture proof spine. And the entire network of relationships – the branches by which it exists. We are a combination of everything we receive from others and give to others.

people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

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photos in leadership and team development and coaching

Photos in Team and Leadership Coaching. Help me to win!

I have an opportunity to present Techniques of photography and photographs in coaching and personal development to a big stage at a very big HR Congress in May this year if my entry in this competition wins the most votes. I dream about giving a speech & presentation about “Photos in Team and Leadership Coaching“. If you want to help me share those Techniques with the world, you can go to the voting page below and click the blue button directly above my film (and just Ignore a questionnaire that pops up after pushing the button).

Link to the voting page:
https://kongreskadry.pl/konkurs/4/Dorota%20Raniszewska

Thank you very, very much! Dorota

Few words about my presentation about Photos in Team and Leadership Coaching:

What I want to talk about to a very large group of HR leaders in my country are photos as tools in leadership and team development. Photos as a material for the thinking process, photos as metaphors that help to express what is not easy to express in two or three words, or to express what is important, authentic, and what comes from a very individual reflection in an inspiring and engaging way, photos as communication catalyst among team members, photos used in order to stimulate a deep self-reflection, an open self-expression, group dialogue. I want to talk about how photos produce engagement in the brain, and engagement is necessary for the change to happen. Because a change is possible only when emotions enter into the game. I want to talk about how photos can support true leadership development, not teaching how to manage people, but to lead a reflection that changes the vision of oneself: „Who I am as a leader? What legacy do I want to leave? What change do I want to make in this world, in my company, in my team, in my family, in my life? How do I create a work-life environment where people can feel happy at work, where there is no exclusion,…”

Photos are wonderful in stimulating those thinking and reflection processes. I’ve been working with teams and individual people using photos for a couple of years already. And I feel ready to talk about it loud to a larger audience.

photos in leadership and team development and coaching

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