Interview with Gilles Mérilhou, trainer, mediator
Hello Gilles. Could you introduce your field of professional action?
I am Mérilhou Gilles, coach, mediator, trainer, and one of the first users of story@board.
I worked 17 years in the field of road passenger-transport including 13 in the posture of creator-executive. I sold in 2006 my road passenger transport business (140 employees, 70 bus), I accompanied the buyers until the end of 2008. And since 2009, I relocated to the support and training from my experience directly transferable to the theme of transportation – hence the name of my organism : “Transferable”.
I rise today on thematic management of the University Diploma “Team Management” and on the Professional Master “Operations and Development of Public Transport Network” at the University of Cergy Pontoise. I run training for managers of the university and speak regularly with managers of SMEs in the Paris region specialized in conflict management training.
For I am also mediator company, that is to say that I stand in interpersonal conflicts at work and my practice is certified by the French Institute of Mediation (specialist in mediation and conflict resolution in business). I also help HR departments to structure their prevention plan Psychosocial Risks and diagnose their follow.
The purpose of my professionnal skill as coach intends to advance the managers or supervisors to their career goals. I am a member of the EMCC France (European Association of Coaching) and has the University Diploma in Executive Coaching.
Finally, I am a professional coach with the Springboard VAE Network for Accreditation of Prior Experience.
I am proud to be one of the first followers of story@board. And since I use it in most of my training and my various accompaniments.
What gave you the desire to use story@board?
I was trained to be a trainer by Sipca consultant in 2009 (NCPR certification level 2) and I’ve seen a lot of tools for training, coaching, and transversely, transmission. I did not find visual tools that match the world where I come from: the operational, strategic and organizational (in my world is the world of work). I think it’s good to shift the representation of the working world to another world, with images of forest, fountain, bees foraging because it is a possible tool. But here it’s not really talking to me. Maybe this will help me to clarify issues shifted, but I’ll have trouble repositioning.
The idea of story@board, is that looking at the pictures, I said simply, this tool had a panel of my professional experience summary of 100 images. Starting from any picture I could build an idea, a representation, an action experienced in the field. And I told myself that if it talked to me so much to me, it could also talk to others. If it makes so much sens to me, I shall explain to others the usefulness of the tool.
I accompany and form essentially managers who live daily in the concrete, in their reality on the ground. I noticed that for managers, leaving from this reality was helping and stimulating them.
I chose story@board because it is a tool that suits me, and I think the handle is already a bit done to my hand. Let me explain. When I talk about tools in general, I have the picture of my grandfather’s tools. He had a workshop with tools wooden handle. What has always shocked me is that the wooden handles were in the shape of his hand, had married the form. I think that the more we use a tool, the more we know how to use it, and the tool fits himself, taking the form of the hand is used.
All the other pictures you were talking about and did not meet you, what was it?
These images were often pictures. I think the picture freezes “a” reality. With story@board, I think the drawing brings a more, straight out from the imagination of the designer, on which we can easily install our own reality.
In addition, the black and white appearance has a binary (ying yang) and neutral side which I find in my professional positions.
Can you develop this binary appearance?
I would say that this binary aspect is the schematic simplicity of most of our thoughts. My automatic thoughts work like this. That’s why I find it helping, simple. It seems to me that on an image, the more there are some colors, the more the interpretation of these colors can interfere with the first representation of the design. According to me, the work around color is already a fully-fledged tool.
For me, working on a simple tool that limits the maximum bias and interpretation, it is to give me the chance to have a common and shareable basis for communication for in collaboration work, with students, or people accompanied.
The design also has the advantage for me to “neutralize”. The image is neutral, while being unique and offering space in order that everyone can bring his personality.
Is the world of work that is showed by the cards story@board wide enough?
Yes, I find that the tool has been well designed. Maybe I have not enough experience. But I never felt a lack about the reality of the business world that story@board represents. I’ve never seen someone stumbling and saying “I do not find images that speak to me” ; Knowing that I’ve been involved with this tool in the world of industry, construction, trade and service.
Even the personalities a bit Cartesian, which could somewhat be reluctant to use the cards, always able to find a picture. I think that the fact these cards are designed, it make it “match”, even for the one that is a little stiff, tense or under stress. Everyone is ready to play the game by watching the variety of designs. For example, the image of mistigri. In the world of work, talking with our masks, and this kind of design allows you to take off the masks or have the masks speak.
What brings an image in comparison to words?
Drawings Story@board allow the person to view, to make reborn his own experience (with new material) or simply make it reappear. Sometimes, I ask the person to see all the images, and then she did not choose one in particular, but simply view them as a whole will allow him to build an image or situation that it was hard to find picking just one.
Closing words ? Recommendations?
The images and their performances are key elements of the stimulus that allows each of us to go and look for informations on standby in our memory bank and, through or because of them, will form and shape our present perceptions and future. Our memories and emotions are like two companions in our brain, which, when used consciously or not, will collaborate on the creation of our “map” of our reality of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
This is perhaps why story@board is a tool that I feel really good, with what I’m comfortable in my speeches and is generally well perceived by the people I coach and I shape. And still ! I feel here that this tool is far from having any say!
Interviewed by Alexandre FRANK, story@board Team