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Fab Work Benefits of Storytelling, Games, and Play (+ How to Get Started)

Fab Work Benefits of Storytelling, Games, and Play (+ How to Get Started) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
When you hear about role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, you probably picture a dimly-lit basement filled with people in silly robes rolling dice, but there's much more to it than that. Not only are role-playing games incredibly fun, but they can actually teach you skills you'll use in the real world.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Despite all the seriousness about storytelling in business, one of the secrets of why storytelling works is because at its heart, it's all about deep play. You know -- losing yourself in the story, how fun it can be to swap stories with someone, and how pleasurable/exciting storytelling can be.

 

We rarely talk about how enjoyable storytelling is at work, so I'm delighted to bring you this post about what we gain when involved in storytelling and gaming (storytelling is a form of game playing, BTW). 

 

Benefits like enhanced:

  1. Creativity
  2. Collaboration
  3. Teamwork
  4. Social skills
  5. Problem sovling

 

You'll find more mentioned when you read the article. Fun is good! The post is a good thorough discussion of this. And the author Patrick Allan suggests ways you can start playing today to get those benefits rolling in. Enjoy!

 

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

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Why Your Co's Problems Need a Story

Why Your Co's Problems Need a Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Story offers an unexpected frame for getting to the right ending.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a great post from colleague Madelyn Blair on a better way to tackles problems at work that is narrative based.


What I like is that Madelyn goes through the 5 elements in storytelling that lead to problem resolution, along with surfacing questions that those struggling to solve a problem might never have asked.


Go read the article and put it into your storytelling toolkit. I bet you'll even find a problem this week that you can use these techniques on!


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

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The Power of Story in Business Analysis

The Power of Story in Business Analysis | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before – you’re on a project that was thrust on your stakeholder groups from high above.  They were insufficiently consulted during the problem definition phase, and they are now questioning everything during implementation. These stakeholders can’t get the project to be outright cancelled, but they can cause it to be ultimately unsuccessful if they don’t commit to putting their time and energy into ensuring that the solution being developed is appropriately used.


Sound familiar? It sure does to me! 


So what is a leader, manager, consultant to do? Add stories into the mix.


I like this article because it directly addresses the difficulties of project management, enrolling people to your cause, and how stories can be one of the remedies applied.


The author includes 3 steps to shift the situation and get your projects back on track. If you are stuck -- read this. 


And if you consult with others, tuck this list in your back pocket to keep your clients & project on track.


Read the full article here:

http://www.batimes.com/articles/the-power-of-story-in-business-analysis.html 


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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Karen Dietz's comment, June 23, 2012 12:39 PM
Glad you like it Jan! Thanks for the comment. Have a great weekend :)
Venkadesh Narayanan's curator insight, March 14, 2015 6:58 AM

http://bacourse.com/

SNMinc WebGems's curator insight, April 24, 2015 3:39 PM

Storytelling always keeps your audience engaged.

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Way More Effective Teams Through Personal Storytelling

Way More Effective Teams Through Personal Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling leads to self-awareness.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's the latest research from Harvard Business Review demonstrating how sharing personal stories when on a team produces cohesion, better communication, deeper relationships -- and higher performance. Gotta love that.

 

Yet the research is limited. It only focuses on team members sharing personal stories for cohesion. What we know anecdotally is that team who continually share stories about their progress on a project also outperform teams who neglect sharing these stories.

 

So want the research on that, too! But at least we've got this piece now. Enjoy.

 

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

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Using Metaphor Maps To Move Groups Forward -- Storytelling Process

Using Metaphor Maps To Move Groups Forward -- Storytelling Process | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Using Art to Create A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths When you walk into a room and see people leaning back with crossed arms, responding to words like “teamwork” with rolling eyes and cynical smiles, or worse, staring into space with blank faces...
Karen Dietz's insight:

When working with groups, sometimes getting people to open up to really get to the stories driving them can be tough. Because what you are going for is not the "Tell me about the time your team's most successful project..." or "Tell me about the time your team made a big mistake..."


Nope -- those won't do. What you are going for is the underbelly, the stories that are building walls, divisions, mistrust, turf wars, and the like. Sometimes to move groups forward, you've got to dig into the guts and bring some light to the situation.


But you also don't want to get stuck in unleashing a horde of "Ain't it awful" stories full of blame and victimization.


So what do you do? As biz story colleague Annette Simmons so eloquently shows us, you need to break down barriers and have people reframe what's going on. They way to do that is using art and metaphor maps.


Simmons shares with us a handy process that gets this work done. Metaphors are building blocks of stories. If you need to change the stories of a group, start with metaphors maps.


Thanks Annette! There's timeless wisdom here combined with good story work technique.


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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