The Story Factor by Annette Simmons – Influence through the Art of Storytelling The people you want to influence don’t want more information – they want faith. Faith in you, your ideas, your plan…your story. How can you tell your story in a way that is compelling? believable? long lasting? Discover how to tell a story that awakens people’s faith in you.
To Sion Fullana, every passerby is a story waiting to be told. Equipped with a background in both filmmaking and journalism, Fullana routinely wanders the streets of New York in search of aesthetic strangers to photograph.
"In an age of swiftly moving technology, teams become more important, not less. That’s because humans don’t evolve at the rate of Moore’s Law. We’re the slowest-moving parts in any complex organization–the “gating factor,” in the parlance of engineers. Teams can make us smarter and faster. But only if we get our teams right.
Builders of the Egyptian pyramids understood teams. So has every military leader in recorded history. What’s astonishing is how recent the idea of teamwork is in business. Readers with a long memory, or an itch to read back through decades of management literature, will know that terms such as “teamwork” didn’t begin seeping into the organizational vernacular until the 1970s. Oddly late, don’t you think? Why these appeared in the 1970s is anyone’s guess. Maybe the turbulent economy or the fracturing of social cohesion–conditions that exist today– caused researchers and management theorists to look deeper into why some teams fail and others succeed.
When you look deeper into teams within companies, one factor stands out as a predictor of success: size. There’s a right size for every team, and it’s almost always smaller than you think. Jeff Bezos of Amazon likes to use the “two-pizza rule” for strategy and development teams. If it takes more than two pizzas to feed the team, the team is likely too big. Bezos didn’t invent the term; it seems to have first appeared at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s. Recall that Xerox PARC during the 1970s invented three of modern computing’s key pillars: the graphical user interface, printer languages and local area networking. This alone is a good reason to pay attention to the two-pizza rule.
The surface reason most often cited for using the two-pizza rule is that it keeps teams agile and fast–and it does. But there’s a deeper reason it works. When teams consist of a dozen people or fewer, each team member is more likely to care about the others, and members are far more likely to share information. They are also far more likely to come to the aid of another team member. If the mission is important enough, they’ll even sacrifice themselves. It’s no surprise that the basic unit of the U.S. Army’s special forces is the 12-person Operational Detachment Alpha. Soldiers will jump on a grenade to protect their fellow soldiers. The principle works in business, too. In a small team a marketing associate will stay up all night to sharpen another team member’s presentation. An engineer will get his hands dirty to ensure the product is perfect at launch.
Alas, this unity tends to fall apart as teams scale up. At 100 people you sort of care about your team members, but it’s not top of mind. More people than that, and team unity becomes a daunting challenge. This is why SAP’s co-CEO Jim Snabe looked at his company’s 20,000-employee software-development team and decided to break it into small units of 8 to 12 people. This is why FedEx’s founder, CEO and chairman, Fred Smith, runs his 300,000-employee global powerhouse out of a three-story building in a sleepy Memphis office park.
In the case of SAP and FedEx, scale is a wonderful thing. But scale can hurt focus. The best leaders keep their teams small and agile."
Perspective is a platform for exploring, creating, and sharing audiovisual stories. Today's storytelling involves a mishmash of apps, websites, blog tools, and technologies. Perspective simplifies all this by combining the essential elements of storytelling into a single iPad App.
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Vaidehi “Vi” Herbert will tell you she is not a poet or a language scholar. She is simply passionate and disciplined.
Herbert has dedicated the last three years to studying Tamil, one of the classical languages of India, and translating hundreds of ancient Sangam poems from her second language into English. She is originally from Tamil Nadu, located in southern India, where the language has official status.
“No other scholar in Tamil Nadu or from other countries have translated this volume of literature,” Dr. Rukmani Ramachandran, Herbert’s teacher and an assistant professor of Tamil at Queen Mary’s College in Chennai, wrote in an email. “Her passionate love for Sangam poetry knows no bounds.”
The Sangam genre of poetry dates from approximately 300 B.C. to 300 A.D. There are 18 Sangam Tamil books containing 2,381 poems written by 473 poets, 102 of whom remain unknown.
So far, Herbert has translated approximately 1,800 of those poems into English, with plans to complete the remainder over the next year. She has co-authored three books with Rukmani, with five more in the works and has set up more than 20 websites dedicated to teaching Sangam.
“This is something I am doing with passion,” she said. “I spend, on average, 13 to 15 hours per day.”
Herbert’s goal is simple — to share the beautiful poetry with the world.
In her “Introduction to Sangam Literature,” Herbert writes that the poems are “delightful in language and thought, scant in lines but rich in content and filled with human emotions intertwined with the natural elements found in the Tamil country.”
To put it simply, Sangam is “ancient, secular landscape and love poetry,” Herbert says.
“About 75 percent of the literature is love and nature poetry,” she said. “In every poem plants, trees, flowers, animals, mountains, streams, ocean, etc. are used as metaphors and similes. Human emotions are brought out through the nature of nature.”
South Africa and the wider world is in mourning after Nelson Mandela died aged 95. We look back at his life in pictures, from his days as great-grandson of the leader of the Thembu clan to anti-apartheid revolutionary.
This method contains the fundamental parts of how to taste red wine. In essence, there are about 4 things to do when you actively taste wine. You can apply this method You can apply this method to anything you eat or drink and you’ll find that it makes you incredibly more aware of what’s in your food. So, let’s get started! Click on the Photo
Feel you are doing all the right things but aren't getting the pat on the back you desire? You may need to have an honest conversation with yourself. A while back we looked at the four key reasons good leaders go unrecognized.
I stood before an eclectic gathering of dinner guests, questions unanswered. This much they knew: the ambiance was festive, the barbecue fare tasted scrumptious, the Chardonnay continued to pour, and plentiful desserts awaited.
Everything good in life is illegal, immoral or fattening--or so the saying goes. A few centuries ago religious authorities sought to codify that sentiment into a handy list, which we know today as the seven deadly sins.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday appealed to the media to act responsibly to maintain social harmony. Greeting the members of the Press on National Press Day, the Prime Minister, in his message, also said ...