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Complexity, Leadership and storytelling

Complexity, Leadership and storytelling | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

"Yet while political organisations have always been a rich fund of colourful stories (who’s up, who’s down, who’s in and who’s out) and powerful visions (I have a dream …) this is excluded from the traditional account of managerial leadership. Our research highlights the distinctive ways in which storytelling serves strategic purposes for chief executives’ leadership behaviour. This short article outlines some of our headline findings and argues that storytelling should be recognised as central to the ways in which local authority chief executives act as leaders."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:02 PM

Good science is a mix of philosophy, storytelling, and observations of the world we live in.

Beth Robinson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 10:15 PM

Stories are a good way to get people from different backgrounds relating to the same set of circumstances and can provide a touchpoint for discussing their different needs.

Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:23 PM
Ivon and Beth -- good points! Thanks for sharing.
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William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes" | Video on TED.com

TED Talks William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

 

How do you end war and conflict? By finding a different story to share.

 

While this is not about business storytelling per se, it is a fabulous and inspiring video on the power of a story. Perfect for a little weekend inspiration.

 

Story sharing has been recognized as one of the most effective tools in peace and justice work.

 

William Ury talks here about his work negotiating peace in world conflicts and how choosing a different story can make all the difference in the world.

 

If Ury can do this on a global scale, surely we can take lessons here and apply it to our organizational conflicts, and conflicts in our personal lives.

 

May this video inspire you to new heights in your storytelling.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each

Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

Just how many types of stories are there, you ask? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.

 

These are overviews of each (read the full article for more details and prompts to help you come up with each type of story):

1. Introducing me

2. Conveying values

3. Teaching

4. Jumpstarting action

5. Inspiring

 

Here's the link to the full article: http://www.internal-monologue.com/2012/07/careful-around-campfire-five-types-of.html ;

 

These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.

 

But this article brings clarity to the topic and will definitely get you started!

 

Thank you to fellow curator Gimli Goose for this article!


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How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool - Forbes

How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool - Forbes | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it
Paul Smith I recently spoke to Paul Smith, who is a consumer research executive, keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and author of Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince, and Inspire (AMACOM Books, August,...

 

I've been following Dan Schawbel for years and was delighted to find that he recently interviewed colleague Paul Smith at Proctor and Gamble about his new book on storytelling and leadership titled Lead With A Story.

 

This interview with Paul that Dan conducted is chock full of good information about the need for leaders to develop storytelling as a core competence. And tips on how companies can make storytelling part of their leadership practices.

 

What I love about Paul's book is his identification of 21 common leadership challenges where storytelling can help. He based his conclusions on his interviews with 75+ CEOs and executives at companies around the world.

 

If you want to know more about storytelling and leadership, read this article and then get the book (I have no affiliation with Paul or his publisher).

 

You will have more tools at your disposal than when you started!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Psychology of Change Management: Resistance, Failure, Behavior, Irrational Side… Improving the Odds for Success With Stories

Psychology of Change Management: Resistance, Failure, Behavior, Irrational Side… Improving the Odds for Success With Stories | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

"Change management is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~ John F. Kennedy

Most business change management programs fail, but the odds of success can be greatly improved by taking into account– counter intuitive insights about how employees interpret their environment and choose to act, say Carolyn Aiken and Scott Keller.

 

This article will take some reading (it's not that long) because you will want to savor its insights and contemplate its meaning. It is all about organizational storytelling and successful change management.

 

Actually these insights could be used for almost any situation where you need to work with other people.

 

The basic premise is that most org change efforts fail because they try to 'motivate' employees to change instead of letting employees write their own story -- and for leaders to listen more and tell less during change.

 

The article spends some time on the essential dynamics of why change efforts fail, and offers great pointers on how to shift the tide. And how stories can make the difference.

 

Enjoy this thoughtful read.

 

Now -- a word for all bloggers out there. Once again, the author's name is not part of this article. And the 'About' page on this blog is down. So I can't mention this author's name because I don't know it. Neither can I post a comment to let the author know I've curated his article -- because there is no comments form on the blog. Sigh. Take a lesson here folks.

 

Link to original article: http://bizshifts-trends.com/ ;

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Building Org Cultures Through Storytelling

Building Org Cultures Through Storytelling | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

In organizations there are enough stories traded at the watercooler or when the employees meet after office hours. When the trainees go back to their college after internship, they trade stories and these often will shape the organization’s brand far more than any corporate campaign ever can or will.

 

I like this article because it is full of quick insights into organizational stories and how they shape culture -- whether it's conveying knowledge through parables and fables, ads, watercooler stories, or leader stories. 

 

I also like the list of organizations stories to craft and tell that is at the end of the article. There are great nuggets of truth here. Enjoy!


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Shirley Williams (appearoo.com/ShirleyWilliams)'s comment, December 22, 2011 11:17 AM
Great post Karen! Love the insight to dysfunctional teams as well as the approach to organization stories. Good stuff.
Karen Dietz's comment, December 22, 2011 12:03 PM
Thanks Shirley! Yeah, I thought the teams stuff was brilliant also. Glad you like the post! Have a wonderful holiday :)