What are Square Wheels?
Square Wheels® is our series of illustrations designed as facilitation and engagement tools for an interactive discussion around:
- ideas and issues about how things really work
- ways to improve the status quo
- change and organizational development issues
- motivation and innovation
- performance improvement
The illustrations/cartoons are packaged in Toolkits containing PowerPoint slides, pdf-based handouts and all the materials, instructions and ideas needed to successfully facilitate communications and involve people in moving forward.
Square Wheels illustrations work as a "Rorschach inkblot test" because they allow a person to project his/her thoughts for what could be done, differently and more positively, within their organization. Certainly, one doesn't need to be a psychologist to use these, just an interested manager or leader who wants to engage employees and create ownership in improvements.
The original Square Wheels illustration, called Square Wheels One (shown below), was created by Dr. Scott J. Simmerman and over 350 illustrations now exist and, since 1993, have been sold and distributed, worldwide, developing a solid reputation for excellence.
How do you use the Square WheelsToolkits?
The Square Wheels Toolkits begin with introducing the main illustration, Square Wheels One, and facilitating a discussion around it. You simply show the illustration of Square Wheels® One to a group of people and have them share their ideas about how this drawing represents, "How most organizations really work."
This introduces people to the idea of using a "metaphor" as representing an organization with its people, processes and procedures. It sets up lots of discussion of issues and ideas for improvement within one’s own organization without causing defensiveness (After all, it's only a cartoon!) as it easily generates perspective, involvement and creativity.
If you're new to facilitation, you might want to start by purchasing the Stupidly Simple Square Wheels Facilitation Toolkit to help you discover how easily you can use a cartoon to engage people and create an important perspective that becomes a vehicle for change and improvement.
Please see our Square Wheels Product Comparison Chart for a quick view of the various Square Wheels Toolkits available. This matrix gives a brief description and details the number of illustrations, PowerPoint slides and worksheets that are included in each of the Toolkits.