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Complexity, Leadership and storytelling

Complexity, Leadership and storytelling | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"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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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.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 10, 2013 4:59 PM

This is a very thoughtful read on storytelling as a core competence for leaders. The author and organizational consultant, Mike Bennett from Glasgow, Scottland provides the reasons for why storytelling is a leadership core competence, especially today.


Actually, I think the points made can apply to anyone in business. And what I love about the article is that it has depth to it. So there is food for thought here, which I really appreciate. It is too easy to be glib around business storytelling these days. We need more articles like this one.


The material shared is based on research but the writing is anything but academic. So don't worry, it is engaging to read.


Bennett shares 3 specific areas where storytelling is particularly impactful. These are not a revelation, but I like his appreciation of the complexiities for each:

  1. Persuasion
  2. Establishing credentials
  3. Learning


In each of the areas he provides a good discussion of how storytelling is essential, along with insights into ethical issues and little recongized side benefits.


The tone of the article is positive and I know you will come away with thoughts about how the points made apply to you. Enjoy.


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

Ivon Prefontaine'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.

Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:23 PM
Ivon and Beth -- good points! Thanks for sharing.

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Don't Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them

Don't Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"Is the role of the manager to make decisions, or to make sure that decisions get made? The answer, of course, is both — but many managers focus so much on the first role that they neglect the second. The reality, however, is that decision-making often is not a solo activity,"

Beth Robinson's insight:

The article says "manager" but many different roles can encourage and support this kind of decision making, particular important for cross-functional issues.

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Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"Given all of these fears and uncertainties, it's no wonder that many managers hesitate to utilize their convening authority. Unfortunately, bringing the right people together from across the organization (and even including suppliers and customers) is often the best way to get things done quickly."

Beth Robinson's insight:

This is an important principle for someone who's trying to lead across functions - sometimes you've got to be willing to take the step of getting everyone in the room (or on the videoconference). For some levels, it's probably better to clear the idea with the next level up managers, but the principle is the same.

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How to Loop In Your Non-Techies | Engagement content from IndustryWeek

How to Loop In Your Non-Techies | Engagement content from IndustryWeek | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"Communicating well with non-desk workers isn't always easy, but it can be done.  ...  That study indicated production workers and other non-office employees interpret the absence of communication as a lack of respect."

Beth Robinson's insight:

A good reminder - and useful tips - for those of us who are more knowledge workers. Especially since there are a range of cross-functional activities, particularly in the manufacturing industry, that having the input and cooperation of workers on the floor is vital to successful execution.

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Complexity, Leadership and storytelling

Complexity, Leadership and storytelling | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"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."


Via Karen Dietz
Beth Robinson's insight:

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.

more...
Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 10, 2013 4:59 PM

This is a very thoughtful read on storytelling as a core competence for leaders. The author and organizational consultant, Mike Bennett from Glasgow, Scottland provides the reasons for why storytelling is a leadership core competence, especially today.


Actually, I think the points made can apply to anyone in business. And what I love about the article is that it has depth to it. So there is food for thought here, which I really appreciate. It is too easy to be glib around business storytelling these days. We need more articles like this one.


The material shared is based on research but the writing is anything but academic. So don't worry, it is engaging to read.


Bennett shares 3 specific areas where storytelling is particularly impactful. These are not a revelation, but I like his appreciation of the complexiities for each:

  1. Persuasion
  2. Establishing credentials
  3. Learning


In each of the areas he provides a good discussion of how storytelling is essential, along with insights into ethical issues and little recongized side benefits.


The tone of the article is positive and I know you will come away with thoughts about how the points made apply to you. Enjoy.


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

Ivon Prefontaine'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.

Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:23 PM
Ivon and Beth -- good points! Thanks for sharing.
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Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team

Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"Real collaboration skills are a competitive advantage. ... They were impressive as leaders, but destructive as a leadership team."

Beth Robinson's insight:

Great universally applicable article about what it takes to be a leader who works with other leaders - cross-functionally or otherwise. (Free registration required.)

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Of Constraints & Communication

Of Constraints & Communication | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it

"Also, the difference between a 20-minute resolution and a 5-day resolution is the availability of information and people to make a decision and take action.  ... Simply being alert to constraints to, and breakdowns of, the flow of information and communication, and eliminating bottlenecks and mismatches can have an enormous impact on business performance. "

Beth Robinson's insight:

While this article is about process improvement, it's about a type of problem that a cross-functional leader, who could have been any one of these individuals experiencing the problem, is particularly able to work to resolve.

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Don't Let Your Best-Connected People Become Bottlenecks

Don't Let Your Best-Connected People Become Bottlenecks | Cross-Functional Leadership | Scoop.it
People central to your organization's informal network can help you. Just make sure they're not hurting you first.
Beth Robinson's insight:

This one was interesting because it shows how just having a few cross-functional, networked employees, can become a problem. The problem isn't them. The problem is there aren't enough of them.

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