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Anthrocapitalism: The New Way For Organizations To Find Meaning--A Role for Storytelling

Anthrocapitalism: The New Way For Organizations To Find Meaning--A Role for Storytelling | Current Updates | Scoop.it
It’s clear that many of us want more meaning in our work as well as from the products, services, and organizations with which we choose to interact.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 19, 2012 12:24 PM

Well here's a thoughtful piece as we wind up 2012 that gets me thinking about the role of storytelling in business.  


This article is all about the ongoing shifts occuring in business and I think story dynamics and narrative work are both shaping/influencing these shifts, as well as being a vehicle for finding meaning. I am not sure if the popularity of biz storytelling is the cause, the effect, or a combo of both -- but it is fascinating to think about.


What I love about this article by Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon is they coin a new word -- anthrocapitalism -- and talk about how this is more than just 'corporate social responsibility'. And they educate us about the origins of the word 'philanthropy' and its role in rethinking capitalism. They go on to talk about how our economy is shifting away from transaction to engagement and what this really means.


Great food for thought. They also give examples of companies who are embodying 'anthroeconomics', creating meaningful work, promoting a deeper purpose, and increasing their profits at the same time.


As the authors say at the end: "The shift towards anthrocapitalism represents a new role for leaders and a new role for organizations. It’s time to ask what you as a leader and inspirational role model can do to focus on both doing well and doing good, making the world a better place."


So what is the role of storytelling here and its meaning-making abilities? Is storytelling the impetus, the vehicle, or both? Or are there better questions to ask? What do you think? Hmmmmm....... 


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Organizational Storytelling: an interview with Paul Smith

A dialogue on the subject of organizational storytelling; narrative as a leadership capability. Author and story consultant David Hutchens of www.DavidHutche...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 4, 2012 11:49 AM

Woo hoo! Here are two of my favorite colleagues -- David Hutchens and Paul Smith -- talking about Paul's recent book Lead With A Story.


Paul, who works for Proctor and Gamble, shares with us his insights about storytelling and leadership based not only on his research with CEOs around the country, but also from his own corporate expeirence. That's what I love -- a guy in the trenches sharing lessons with us all.


Now David is no slouch either and is one of the earliest practitioners of working with stories in organizations around knowledge management, knowledge transfer, and systems thinking. He's been on my bookshelf for years now, and I always enjoy our conversations together.


This 60-minute video -- from a Google Hangout that happened a few days ago -- is great. I love the questions David asks and I love what Paul shares with us -- stories about PPTs, how to avoid being a boring, and learning who the real hero is. And that's just for starters!


Thanks guys for a terrific session.


Hey -- each one of you is a leader in your own right. Take the time to dig in here and get even better as a leader!


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The Business Impact of Human Emotions

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Emotions play a far greater role in business outcomes than many executives grasp. In this interview, a Gallup expert talks about the impact of applied behavioral economics in the marketplace.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 11, 2012 2:12 PM

I am seeing more and more articles on why paying attention to human emotions in business is becoming more and more critical.


And of course, for biz stories to work, emotions must be conveyed in order to connect emotionally to your listeners.


In this article, Ed Boyle from Gallup shares why classical economic theory does not work well today, and why pay attention to human emotions does. As he says, "O'Boyle: As technology and other avenues for connecting with customers continue to evolve, we believe that a person serving another person is still the biggest area of untapped potential for all companies. It's a concept we call HumanSigma, which emphasizes the importance of the employee-customer encounter."


Ah ha! This just goes to prove my point that the highest leverage point in biz storytelling is face-to-face interactions where stories are shared orally -- and coming from a place of service. But of course, it goes way beyond the employee-customer encounter. It is also part of leadership and marketing.


And it is also not just about broadcasting a message -- it's about reciprical storytelling.


Enjoy this unique perspective on emotions and business economics. 


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Markose Abraham's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:53 PM

Emotions do play an important part.