SOARing with YourBigPic

Published: 3rd December, 2021

In this webinar (see the recording below) we explored using the BIG PICTURE® Digital Board in conjunction with an exciting technique known as SOAR. SOAR is an acronym for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. While the technique has been designed for strategy interventions it is equally at home in other areas of concern or that need participative development. These include change discussions, design discussions, lean discussions, as well as digital transformation discussions.

While the prime purpose of the webinar was to explore using SOAR Martin Johnson cast light on the proposed direction for YourBigPic in 2022:

We help clients solve what we’re calling in our new development for 2022 Wicked Challenges© in innovative ways. What do we mean by a Wicked Challenge©? Something that cannot be solved in one pocket of the organisation or by a single individual and we can’t apply what might be called linear thinking to the problem. So, it’s not something that’s straightforward and simple. And we feel these are the more difficult problems that organisations are facing now and we’re going to be showcasing them on our new Partner Platform in the New Year.

Martin Johnson, YourBigPic Founder

The ‘webinar’ word doesn’t really describe what it is we do with our time in sessions. We love a conversation where everyone has the chance to contribute.

Participants are provided with the means to make connections thus drawing attention to the conversation that is going on around.

It’s how we roll!

To provide a flavour of what 2022 YourBigPic conversations and webinars could be about the diagrams below – taken from – point the way:


The bulk of the webinar was given over to applying two elements of the SOAR framework in an innovative approach that has not been applied in a BIG PICTURE® session previously.

The SOAR process is shown in the diagram below. Developed by Jackie Stavros and Gina Hinrichs and described in their book Learning to SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement it draws on its Appreciative Inquiry (AI) roots. AI can be broadly described as forming part of the positive psychology school. In a full-on SOAR session identifying Strengths using an “everyone in the room” approach leads to positive identification of Opportunities, leading to an Aspirational approach to achieving exceptional, shared, Results.

In the webinar, we worked only with Strengths and Opportunities. The board was pre-populated with blank Symbols coded for various areas of the organisation. So, for example ES stood for Employee Strength. By adding a brief descriptor to the initial label e.g., long-serving we now had a symbol code “ES long-serving” that appeared in the “light-bulb’ section on the right of the board where it could be discussed and prioritised.
It took participants a few minutes to get into the swing of things. Once they were, coding began in earnest and several discussion items appeared on the Board.

In a wrap-up reflection on the process followed participants felt that applying the process in a real-life organisation – once participants had got to grips with the way symbols are used – the SOAR approach could prove a most useful tool in taking organisations forward.

To see more about how things played out in the webinar please watch the video above.


Please do ask us to help you achieve this same impact in your organisation. We can deliver this activity for you and at the same time upskill your team to take over the delivery. You can weave this into your ongoing activities which means you’re paying once for resources and deploying them many times across your organisation.

Find out more about our approach for Engaging Strategy led by Bryce Biggs. You can have a go yourself by printing and writing on the resource within the brochure you can download. The stuff we care about is all over our YouTube channel @YourBigPic. I would love to take you through a taster of BIG PICTURE® in a Webinar you can sign-up for here. Thanks for reading!