How to get started with Pip Decks in your organisation

How to get started with Pip Decks in your organisation

You’ve invested in some Pip Decks for your workplace - an excellent choice!

You may have already gone through the decks and used some tactics, but if you’re unsure where to start – or how to get more colleagues to discover the brilliant tools within – we’ve got you covered.

Here are some tried-and-tested tips to get started with Pip Decks at work and a bonus list of situations alongside the tactics you could use to address them.

Tip 1: Be open-minded about what people can use Pip Decks for

Whatever Pip Decks you have, you’ll be surprised at how versatile they are. Take Workshop Tactics, for example. They help people run fun, engaging, and effective meetings, but they’re also fantastic for individual use. They can help you generate ideas to solve strategic problems or even tactical ones, like planning an event.

They can also help your colleagues welcome new starters, solve conflicts, set goals, prioritise workloads, articulate challenges... There’s a wealth of possibilities, so try not to be too prescriptive.

Tip 2: Make it easy for people to dive into their Pip Decks

We know it can feel like a hurdle to figure out where to begin. The good news? Our instructions are right inside the box! The first card of each deck (after the title card) is a Strategy System that will help people find the most relevant tactic category for them, so encourage your colleagues to explore those systems.

Also, try taking the cards out of the box. Leave them in the open in your common areas, like meeting rooms or social areas. By making Pip Decks accessible and inviting, you’ll encourage people to pick them up and discover the tactics at their fingertips.

Tip 3: Make your Pip Decks a visible part of daily life

Some people feel they need permission to find new ways of working. Especially when it involves leafing through illustrated cards – it almost doesn’t feel like ‘work’.

So, let everyone see that they are positively encouraged to take part. Get your leaders to show how they like to use different tactics. Give the box to a different person each week and prompt them to share which tactic they discovered. Write about your Pip Decks in the internal newsletter or share pictures on your communications platform, like Slack or Teams. The tactics are there to boost your organisation with curiosity, creativity, and continuous improvement that will benefit everyone, so make that loud and clear.

Tip 4: Curate your Pip Decks collection wisely

If you’re unsure how many decks you should get for your organisation, start small and build it from there. For each team of up to 15 people, you could get the one or two decks you deem most useful for their immediate needs and objectives. Alternatively, you could purchase one Ultimate Collection to share among 30 to 50 people around the organisation.

This approach can help people familiarise themselves with the tactics without feeling overwhelmed. This is just some guidance, though. At Pip Decks, every team member owns the entire collection from day one, and we get a lot of use out of it!

Tip 5: If you’re stuck, reach out for help

If you ever feel stuck on which tactics to use to make the most of a situation or to solve a problem, join our online community and ask a question. We’ll be happy to help you find your way! In the meantime, here are some of our favourite tactics for different situations your company might experience:

Welcoming new members to the team or project?

Ease them into the culture with:

  • Skills Market (Workshop Tactics)
  • My User Manual (Team Tactics)
  • Ritual Reset (Productivity Tactics)

Kicking off a new project?

Set the right tone and direction with:

  • Hopes & Fears (Workshop Tactics)
  • Premortem (Strategy Tactics)
  • Roles & Responsibilities (Team Tactics)

Generating new ideas?

Spark creativity and innovation with:

  • Reverse Brainstorm (Workshop Tactics)
  • Brainstorming (Innovation Tactics)
  • Archetypes (Storyteller Tactics)

Launching a product

Ensure a memorable start with:

  • The Real Product (Brand Tactics)
  • Storyboard (Workshop Tactics)
  • Rags To Riches (Storyteller Tactics)

Undertaking customer research?

Deepen your understanding with:

  • Superfan Secrets (Brand Tactics)
  • Diagnostic Shopalong (Innovation Tactics)
  • Story Listening (Storyteller Tactics)

Planning a big, bold move?

Align your team and strategy with:

  • Brand Stretch (Brand Tactics)
  • My User Manual (Team Tactics)
  • Sailboat (Workshop Tactics)

You can also read and share our collection of Guides. These in-depth articles help you make the most of each deck by walking you through its ‘recipe’ cards, with a few bonus recipes featuring cards from multiple decks.

And here you are, well on your way to building a culture of collaboration, innovation, and fun productivity with your Pip Decks. Let your colleagues dive in, experiment, and share their discoveries. Go ahead, open the boxes, and let the magic happen!

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