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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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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, 6:58 AM

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

Storytelling always keeps your audience engaged.

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