Metaphor Digital Platform 2017-05-19T14:53:00+00:00

Accelerate Change, Digitally

Once you've started the employee engagement process, how do you keep people actively involved?

Metaphor provides you with a visual, conversational and digital platform to advance your audience towards your goals.

Expansive Opportunities

The key to releasing the full potential of engaged workers is to provide them with the digital tools that allow them to actively engage when and where they want. Furthermore, the value of digital engagement is multiplied when the context and purpose of the engagement is directly tied to specific needs of the business.

Targeted Value

Metaphor will help you grow and sustain higher levels of employee engagement and business performance in these targeted situations:

  • Management development
  • Team alignment
  • Process change management
  • Real-time messaging of visual feedback

Metaphor Enables Contextual Engagement

Metaphor is a cloud-based platform that is uniquely designed to actively engage employees using a mix of visual artwork and real-time messaging, in a process-centric environment.

Metaphor’s process-centric framework allows you to weave new patterns of engagement across functional-silo and other organizational boundaries to achieve your goals. Engagement happens in context of how work gets done which people find more practical.

 

Depending on the unique needs of your business and the business challenge you face, we may recommend Metaphor as a stand-alone solution or incorporate it into a more comprehensive solution. Either way, your team will be able to easily access Metaphor through your LMS, via single sign-on (SSO) or through a secure browser.

A Targeted Solution for a Specific Need

Though the software has been used to address a variety of business needs over the last several years, our approach to authentic engagement has revealed four of the most valuable uses of Metaphor, as described below.

Management Development

Metaphor allows you to quickly instill business acumen and new leadership skills so leaders can improve their performance today and prepare themselves for more complex roles in the future.

 

Benefits to you include:

  • Insights from your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) can be ‘pre-baked’ into the learning experience
  • The content is delivered visually
  • Program participants engage in discussions with SMEs and participants from their own and other program cohorts

Team Alignment

We believe that effective team alignment can occur through a series of well-structured conversations. Our consultants use Metaphor to ensure that the process is productive and inclusive. People have the opportunity to hear the perspectives of coworkers from across functional-silo and other organizational boundaries. By incorporating integral data into the conversation, we help coworkers arrive at an aligned view of the topic being discussed.

 

Benefits to you include:

  • Different insights and perspective will create valuable aha! moments.
  • Reasons for a difference in opinion are brought into the light and can then be addressed.
  • Combined with facilitated alignment workshops, team alignment can occur more quickly.

Process Change Management

We believe that effective team alignment can occur through a series of well-structured conversations. Our consultants use Metaphor to ensure that the process is productive and inclusive. People have the opportunity to hear the perspectives of coworkers from across functional-silo and other organizational boundaries. By incorporating integral data into the conversation, we help coworkers arrive at an aligned view of the topic being discussed.

 

Benefits to you include:

  • Issues are discussed in context of the steps that are affected
  • Ideas about what the desired process should be evolves over time. This evolution of thought is captured by Metaphor and is available to others. This aggregated knowledge can be built upon in the future by coworkers involved in transitioning the process to the desired state.
  • Technical drawings and other visual resources are easily added to a discussion or process step.

Visual Collaboration

When you need to enable team collaboration and there is a visual component (e.g. Powerpoint presentations or artwork) then Metaphor is a useful tool for achieving your goals. Metaphor enables real-time visual collaboration as well as asynchronous collaboration. The messaging and discussion tracking features allow the collaboration to be transparent and easy to follow.

 

Benefits to you include:

  • Enables both visual and documented collaboration
  • Enables both real-time and asynchronous collaboration
  • Easy and fun to use

Clients that have relied on our Metaphor Digital Platform solutions:

Addressing Your Challenge

Bring us your challenge and let’s talk about how Metaphor can help you achieve your goals.

Whether you need to improve team collaboration efforts, adopt an inclusive approach to process change management, or collect real-time visual feedback, Metaphor will help you achieve your goals.

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We believe that strategy execution requires leadership alignment as well as emotional buy-in at the employee level. We help align leadership teams and equip them to address the people aspect of strategy across your organization.

 

The Metaphor Digital Platform is used to address the needs arising from the four phases of strategy execution.

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Sample client outcomes and benefits:

  • Metaphor was used to facilitate and accelerate strategy discussions among executives across silos and business units.

     

  • Metaphor was embedded into management development programs to visually structure strategy discussions and build collaboration between program cohort participants.

     

  • Employees valued the open and transparent strategy discussions that happened ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ from where they play a role.

     

  • Metaphor enabled visual collaboration and issue documentation by people involved in the process that was changed.

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Spark! Discussion Starters can deliver strong results as a stand-alone solution or they can be integrated into a comprehensive solution to address the needs arising from the four phases of strategy execution.

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Sample client outcomes and benefits:

  • Discussion Starters provided the structured process for getting executives to talk openly and candidly about the strategy.

  • Managers valued the ‘plug and play’ nature of Discussion Starters to initiate a strategy conversation with teams and keep the strategy alive over time.

  • Conversations are the invisible driver of strategy execution and customized Discussion Starters have ensured employee conversations about strategy stay focused and execution-oriented.

  • Changing processes to reflect strategy is more about changing behavior than updating process graphs. Discussion Starters facilitated a smooth transition by individuals and teams through the change effort.

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Metaphor Digital Platform: Leadership Development


Our guided process of creating a tailored, experiential leadership development program includes proven frameworks and authentic conversations; all set within the business context that will achieve desired program goals. Learn more

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Metaphor Digital Platform: Business Acumen


We provide expertise in knowing how to create authentic and engaging learning experiences that instill sound judgment at all levels of your organization. You can specify the program details or choose from proven business acumen frameworks that we offer. Learn more

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Metaphor Digital Platform: Culture and Performance


We partner with leaders to grow and reinforce a healthy culture that is aligned with company goals. Our guidance and custom-designed tools will ensure that your desired culture is vibrant across your organization. Learn more

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Metaphor Digital Platform: Operational Excellence


We have supported operational initiatives with hundreds of clients. We offer expertise in creating tailored, experiential programs that align and engage employees so you can achieve world-class quality, service and delivery. Learn more

Client Success with Metaphor Digital Platform

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