The “burning platform” story has become a permanent part of the organizational change landscape. In this series, I’ll offer some background about how I found and introduced the story, what its original purpose was, how that intention has sometimes been misunderstood, and some of the implications for change practitioners who incorporate the metaphor into their practice.
Here is a thoughtful piece about leadership, change, and 'burning platform' stories to get us started this week.
What is a 'burning platform' story? It is often a story leaders tell to galvanize change in an organization.
Here's are the points I really like about this article:
- It is a fabulous example of how stories change -- both for better and worse -- with transmission.
- It is a good discussion about how metaphors can be mis-construed.
- It is a good reminder about making sure you've got the story right if you are going to repeat it.
- It includes two misconceptions about a 'burning platform' story that have ensued in leadership and among consultants.
Hey -- let's get the story straight! Here is your opportunity to learn from the source of the 'burning platform' story Daryl Conner, and to learn about it's real meaning and use.
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it