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Growing executive's impact, influence and income through the power of business storytelling                  www.juststoryit.com  619-235-0052
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Engaging Employees: 3 Ways To Actually Do It

Engaging Employees: 3 Ways To Actually Do It | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Start by talking about impact, not financial performance.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article by Michael Mankins in HBR never mentions storytelling. Yet the way to implement his 3 suggestions for increasing engagement is all about stories.


Way #1 is talking about your company's impact, not its financial results. Yes yes yes! This is the focus to have. And how do you talk about impact? By sharing stories about the impact your product/service has on customers. You'll get it once you read the example in the post.


Way #2 is rewarding inspirational leadership as much as completing tasks. Do you want better leadership? Then share stories about great leadership you see in action in your organization. And there are a other good points made in this part of the article.


Way #3 is all about cultivating employee advocacy, not employee satisfaction. What a terrific point. Unfortunately this part of the

article simply talks about ways to measure advocacy. OK -- that's not really helpful. Here's my tip: build advocacy by advocating for/telling stories about the successes your employees and customers experience. For employees, tell us about the obstacles they've overcome to deliver amazing service. Make them the hero of the story. For customers, tell us about the obstacles they've overcome and the wonderful things they've been able to accomplish by using your product/service. Or how different their life is now. Again, make them the hero of the story. In either case, your company is the supporting cast. 


OK -- enough chatting. Enjoy the article and get engaged :)


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Richard Lock's curator insight, June 18, 2014 3:06 AM

Good example of the clear benefits of genuine engagement.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, June 18, 2014 9:33 PM

PDGLead

Wanda McKenzie's curator insight, June 27, 2014 8:42 PM

ENPS is the 3rd one

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Maya Angelou, Business Storytelling, and Being Human

Maya Angelou, Business Storytelling, and Being Human | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

An interview with Maya Angelou.

Karen Dietz's insight:

I was so sad yesterday when I heard about Maya Angelou's passing. I've always enjoyed reading and watching her. From her I always learned more about humanity, dignity, courage, and character.


When I found this HBR post yesterday of an interview with her, I was delighted. The interviewer/author Alison Beard even talks with Maya about business storytelling.The interview is quintessential Angelou and I know you'll enjoy it. 


There is a little-known book in my library that I treasure for its wisdom -- Facing Evil; Light at the Core of Darkness (1989) -- that Maya (and many other amazing people) contributed to. Some of my favorite passages from her essay are, "We must remember the great struggle between majestic forces -- that that struggle introduces a dynamic into our intellect and into our souls. We are required to develop courage to care...We need the courage to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as thinking, caring, laughing, loving human beings. (pg 29) Now wherever that lives in us--whether it's in the bend of the elbow, behind the kneecap--wherever that lives, there dwells the nobleness in the human spirit. Not nobility. I don't trust the word. I think it's pompous. But the nobleness is in the human spirit. It is seen in the fact that we rise to good, we do rise."


Angelou's view of story was in its power to unite. The end of her poem "Human Family" says, "We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." (from I Shall Not Be Moved)


Enjoy this article honoring one great lady, and the inspiration that lies waiting for you.


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Halima Ozimova's curator insight, May 31, 2014 2:53 AM

Warm Words about the passed CELEBRITY...

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, June 16, 2014 5:35 AM

She was an artist 

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Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data

Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Access the unconscious mind, where choices are really made.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I've got a webinar coming up with a group of researchers and I'm going to use parts of this article and the research it sites when I'm with them.


It's a short but terrific piece laying out WHY data is not the core for decision-making, but stories are. There is definitely a role for data, but only as a supporting character in your story. Data is not the hero.


Data wrapped in stories are far better than data alone as research has shown us for years. If you are still operating under the notion that data convinces, then get with the story program for better results. 


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Richard Lock's curator insight, May 20, 2014 9:28 AM

It is difficult to over emphasize just how influential it is to build your key data points into a story. It also helps to make the data visually clear to understand.

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How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story

How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A case study of a swimwear company.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is a brilliant piece from HBR on how to distill a strategy statement into a powerful story using this template.


There's not much more to say about it -- other than "Use it!"


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David Hain's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:45 AM

What would your change story be?

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, May 1, 2014 1:28 AM

Such a simple template that can help provide an outline for your story.


Once upon a time there was (insert a name who exemplifies your target customer/consumer) …. . Every day he/she (insert his/her frustration or job to be done) …. . One day we developed (insert the product/solution and what are actually the 2-3 things we offer or not) … . Until finally (insert the end result for the customer/consumer compared to competition)

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:49 AM

love this!

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Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. Here are 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What is one of the most powerful leadership/business stories you can share? Yep -- stories of failures, mistakes, and disasters.


Yet they rarely get told in our perfectionist society. Oh to admit we screwed up! Yet sharing stories of your failures humanizes you like no other story. On hearing a mistake story, every listener will say to themselves, "Whew, if he/she can admit to screwing up, so can I." or "Wow, it's not fatal if I make a mistake -- and I'll also learn something valuable in the process."


So take heart -- use these quotes to build your confidence and start sharing a few of your failure stories. They are a good shot in the arm. And thank you to author Ekaterina Walter for putting these quotes together to share with us all.


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Abdou Sani Boukari's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:57 PM

The easiest thing to do is " to find fault with others". The most difficult is “give thanks always for all things.”

JebaQpt's curator insight, May 2, 2014 3:29 AM

Get more motivational quotes here http://www.thequotes.net/

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Capturing Wisdom With Storytelling

Capturing Wisdom With Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Madelyn Blair’s company name Pelerei represents two root words that mean “lifting people up.”  She made up the name as a hidden reminder of who she is and why she is here.  Learn more about Madelyn’s books: "Riding the Current" and "Essays in Two Voices".
Karen Dietz's insight:

Oh this is so cool! My good friend and biz story buddy Madelyn Blair is interviewed here by Annette Simmons (author of The Story Factor) where she talks about how to harvest our stories for wisdom. 


This is particularly important for leadership -- but also really for anyone in business who wants to maximize their work with business stories and being a compelling storyteller.


There are many qualities I love about Madelyn. She's brilliant and her book Riding the Current focuses on how we can stay up to speed in this age of information overload. In particular, she discusses how stories can help us continually engage with learning, and develop wisdom.


She talks about other topics in this interview, too -- like social media and its connection to storytelling. Plus she shares with everyone an activity any group can do to elevate mood, reveal core values, and find/transfer wisdom. Yeah!


Madelyn arrives tomorrow for a visit -- we're taking Bo Eason's storytelling workshop over the weekend, then heading to Los Angeles for meetings and a day-long get together of other biz story professionals. I can't wait to hang out with my buds, get inspired from sharing our work and progress, and be with everyone in person instead of via Skype.


OK -- enjoy this podcast. I know you will and thanks Annette for another great interview!


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Glenlivet Gets Up Close and Personal With Their "Single Stories" Banding Campaign

Glenlivet Gets Up Close and Personal With Their "Single Stories" Banding Campaign | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Looking to mine authentic moments, the single malt brand shares personal stories from leading men, including Bryan Cranston, Ed Burns, and Andy Spade.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Now here is a powerful use of stories in business. In this case, this post talks about how Glenlivet is using personal stories in their branding efforts.


Glenlivet is premium single malt whiskey. In this campaign the company has successful men sharing stories about a poignant moment that was instrumental in their success.


As Troy Gorczyca Senior Brand Manager, Pernod Ricard, says, the goal of the series was to “showcase their triumphs, admit their failures, and highlight the moments that make us human.”


At first I thought "Oh, this is about CEOs bragging about some achievement they accomplished." But no -- these guys share about their parents, a mentor, or how a single phone call changed a life. Yeah! Disaster averted.


Now I have only one quibble -- how come these stories are only from guys???!!! Where are successful women's stories? It's not like we don't like or drink Glenlivet -- because we do! And we share stories over drinks just like guys do -- in fact, probably more.


Here's what's mystifying to me: the co-lead on this project is a woman. And the author of this article is a woman. Yet neither pointed out this discrepancy.


OK, rant over. The article talks a bit about how challenges in gathering the stories. And other insights are shared here. So go read it -- other than the gender issue, it's a good piece.


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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:57 AM

Stories are the key to successful influence.  sharing a short story that embodies the message or principle you wish you communicate, it THE most powerful way to spread your influence.   We remember stories much more that dry facts or powerpoint slides.   Glenlivet clearly understand  and are harnessing the power of stories - Do you?

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Latest Research On Effecitve Biz Story Endings

Latest Research On Effecitve Biz Story Endings | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Karen Dietz's insight:

Kendall Haven, author of Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story recently wrote me about his latest research on business story endings.


It's way cool stuff. Bottom line: positive characters and positive endings are not as effective as we thought when desiring to shift behaviors.


Read the brief conversation between myself and Kendall, and then use the latest information to start crafting stories that will act as catalysts for change.


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A New Year's Resolution to Make You Happy + Live a Different Story

A New Year's Resolution to Make You Happy + Live a Different Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Tired of New Year's Resolutions that fail? Try this new kind of goal-setting approach for 2014.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's New Year's eve here in the US (New Year's day in other parts of the world) and time to refocus for 2014.


Here's a lovely article about a few different New Year's resolutions that will dramatically change your life. And give you way better stories to share.


Enjoy and happy New Year. May 2014 rock your world in all good ways.


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The Rice Process's curator insight, December 31, 2013 5:41 PM

Well worth the read. 

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Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours

Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life.  Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.


How to instantly identify toxic narratives.  Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."


Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:

  • Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attain
  • Get objective about your terrible story
  • Pick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post to read to get ready for 2014. What limiting stories are you telling yourself that you could change or drop so you can be more successful? There are tips here to revolutionize your life.


Many thanks to fellow curator Kim Zimke for finding and sharing this article! Let's get our game on for 2014 :)


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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:06 AM

I like the introduction to this post. It speaks to the deep sense making about your own life and the broad themes that make up who and what you are.

Wendy Flanagan's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:38 AM

With New Year's resolutions making rounds - I like this approach for corporate and personal goals.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 2014 1:39 PM

Here is some inspiration for telling your own story!

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Org Narratives: A Strategic Approach

Org Narratives: A Strategic Approach | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Visit one of Australia's top rated business blogs. The team at Anecdote share insights on business strategy, storytelling, leadership and collaboration.
Karen Dietz's insight:

My colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia recently wrote this blog post about strategically using organization narrative. An org narrative is composed of many stories that reflect many different aspects of the organization's life and business.


What I like about this article is how Shawn makes this point -- with some simple graphics included. It made me smile when I read "Organizational life is not like a Hollywood movie where each event is precisely crafted for maximum entertainment effect." Thank heavens! It's hard to imitate Hollywood and still come across as authentic, which is the real work of company stories.


Shawn goes on to talk about the role of leaders in organizational narratives. He gives some good examples, and then moves on to talk about endings for stories.


And I appreciate his words at the end: "Organisations should be looking to harness the complexity of their organisational narratives. Leaders cannot simply mandate a company story. But to forge the business they want, they should be aware of which stories are being told, and which stories they would like to be told and start recounting the ones they want to amplify." 


Good job Shawn. And I know readers will gain some insights from this post.


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Want to Reach More Humans? Try Sounding Like One (via Storytelling)

Want to Reach More Humans? Try Sounding Like One (via Storytelling) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
There are a lot of smart business leaders out there. They come up with brilliant products, develop amazing technologies and help customers solve their most complex problems.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I scooped this article because it's a great reminder with a very simple message -- drop the corporate speak; don't focus on pushing messages to folks; just show up, be real, and my addition: focus on story sharing.


Stories aren't mentioned in this article, yet they are your vehicle to building trust, being authentic, conveying complex information with simple elegance, all while being humble. And this is what the article talks about.


A lot of the storytelling articles I'm reading lately are still focused on using stories as a push technology to broadcast messages to people. That is old hat. We are now in another world where it is finally recognized that stories are a pull technology (they pull people into your world) AND that stories told evoke stories in the minds of listeners that they want to share back with you. So story sharing needs to be the focus these days.


This article helps us get our head straight about that. It's a quick read with terrific insights and tips to share. Happy reading!


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malek's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:16 PM

I like the idea of a mom as your ltimus test, if she got it, the whole world will go after you.

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:24 AM

I like the emphasis on trust building and being authentic.

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Find Your Inner Mandela: A Tribute and Call to Action

Find Your Inner Mandela: A Tribute and Call to Action | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
He didn’t cling to power. He empowered.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Of all the tributes I've read today about Nelson Mandela, I appreciate this one the most.


Why? Because it is a beautiful and inspiring article about how we too can bring the qualities Mandela embodied into our own lives. Now how much better can it get than that?


I firmly believe that one of the best and most powerful ways to honor somone is to embody the wisdom and qualities they lived by. Bring the spirit of Mandela into your own life and experience the difference it can make for you and others.


Thank you for all the great work you do in the world!


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Bill McKee's comment, December 7, 2013 11:41 AM
To add a little historical perspective on Mandela's legacy.. http://americanvision.org/9813/missionary-reveals-real-mandela/#sthash.3sTr6KFP.NwVh44M9.dpbs
Carol Sherriff's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:30 PM

Lovely tribute and thought piece about Mandela as a leader who understood forgiveness, generosity and what his core principles were.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:32 PM

I was a little cautious reading this the first time. Such tributes and thought pieces can be tacky. This one however does justice to the man and calls us all to find the inner strengths to make a similar contribution to a better world.

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Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue

Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of discussion on climate change; it seems almost pervasive these days. The media report extreme weather events, animal extinction (think polar bears floating off to sea), health problems, and the political push and pull around the issue.  The problem is also prevalent in popular culture, with magazines running special issues, movies showing the end of our days, and video games that presenting post-apocalyptic scenarios.  Yet, we have very little consensus about how to deal with it. Robert Redford recently wrote a blog post calling for more storytelling on “complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change.”
Karen Dietz's insight:

If you are committed to positive change happening on any complicated social issue, stories can help. And here's a terrific post by Roxanne Bauer discussing how storytelling makes a difference -- and its limitations, too.


Years ago I coached the top global expert on grizzly bears. Her lament: "We scientists keep doing the same thing over and over again (sharing data and danger) and expecting different results. I think storytelling may be the answer to bring about needed change."


She is so right. Her stories about the importance of, decline of, and what to do about supporting grizzly bears got standing ovations.


This is not so much an article about "Yes we can". It's understanding more about how stories work on making complex issues less intimidating, and how they overcome the limitations of technical language where eyes glaze over.


I particularly like Bauer's statement that stories can/should address the underlying consequences of an issue that hit home for people. She's got good examples to make her point.


To change the world, get your storytelling game on. Let's remember what doesn't work/hasn't worked and share stories to experience different results.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 15, 2014 8:41 AM

Glad to see influential people who know how to tell a story get involved.

Joao Leao's curator insight, June 17, 2014 11:43 AM

Climate change is NOT a Story!

 

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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a handy, quick and dirty chart to keep in mind when advocating for storytelling in an organization. It covers all the salient points.


The only BIG piece I would add in the "Educate" category is -- give executives an experience! Don't tell them about storytelling, have them directly experience it themselves. Then debrief the experience so they get not only how it works, but the benefits. That's the magic that's been working for me for years.


So add "experience storytelling" into the mix and you will have greater success.


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Patricia Stitson's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:08 PM

Karen,

 

I like to explore how that tell those stories through other learning going on in the company.  For example, how could you integrate a piece of the corporate story into an eLearning module meant to teach a particular tool or skill set?

michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 23, 2014 2:39 AM

Here's a process on how to establish storytelling as a skill among leaders. I'd just extend its scope to other roles in an organisation as well: sales processionals, consultants, customer service managers and others. They also benefit from personal and organisational storytelling, but all may be educated along this four-step approach. With stories, you inspire, impact, educate and convince people rather than with facts. Storytelling is relevant for a leaders' business.

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Why tell stories at work? Here are 7 good reasons

Why tell stories at work? Here are 7 good reasons | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
And in life. This is for everyone and it's not about becoming a storyteller. Let that idea aside, focus on who and what you are, and practice sharing stories. #1 It will improve your communication ...
Karen Dietz's insight:

My business storytelling colleague in Israel, Limor Shiponi, has done it again with a fabulous blog post listing the many reasons why working with stories in business is critical for career success.


Get out of your rut of business speak, data dumps, and jargon. Get into the story groove. You will notice definite improvements in your ability to communicate, inspire, the quality of your relationships, and stimulate your imagination/creativity.


What's not to like with that?


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 20, 2014 7:49 AM

Good reasons for making it part of your own skills set.

سلطان الشراري's curator insight, May 23, 2014 7:15 AM

http://www.soft-elaan.com/set-self-hosted-wordpress-blog-complete-guide/

4twenty2's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:24 AM

7 great reasons to become a good story teller - both in life and in work.  

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How Tell Your Life Story In Two Fab Hours from "Ghetto Klown"

How Tell Your Life Story In Two Fab Hours from "Ghetto Klown" | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Multi-hyphenate John Leguizamo shares some revealing things about the roots of his inspiration and creating comedy out of a life's worth of experience.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here actor John Leguizamo -- star of HBO's one-man show "Ghetto Klown" -- reveals his secrets for telling his fascinating life story. And it's good stuff that you can use too.


Like the "haiku effect' or giving  yourself time to get your story into a 3-act structure, be honest yet careful, and how to be specific yet universal at the same time.


There are terrific insights here that I definitely enjoyed reading and knowing about. I bet you will too.


HEADS UP: I'm in vacation and my curation for the next 10 days will be spotty. Keep having fun and I'll be back online full strength on 5/5 :)


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After Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks: 3 Tips for Awesomeness

After Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks: 3 Tips for Awesomeness | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The most popular talks shared three common attributes.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Once again Carmine Gallo has written another great article on what to do to give a "WOW!" presentation.


As he says here, he watched 150 hours of TED videos and deduced the top 3 things speakers did for success.


This is a quick read, but well worth keeping around. Next time you give a presentation, include these 3 pieces and you can "Wow!" people too.


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Ali Anani's curator insight, May 2, 2014 12:52 AM

Distilling the distillates

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What Are Insights? Business Story Secrets

An insight is NOT an observation - it explains why, 
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Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a fabulous SlideShare program with a potent point about insights -- what they are, what they are not, and how cool they are. 


You may think you know what an insight is -- yet it's not what most of us think. This little piece of brilliance was put together by Antonis Kochellas from Ogilvy & Mather.


How does this relate to storytelling? Because understanding the insights you can gain from your personal and business stories -- and then leveraging those -- gives you access to a powerful force in the world. But only if you know and can recognize a true insight.


So go watch this slide presentation. Hopefully lightbulbs will turn on for you and your mastery of business storytelling will increase.


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6 Things Compelling Leaders Do: tell stories, move people to action

6 Things Compelling Leaders Do: tell stories, move people to action | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Many leaders can inspire, but strong leaders move people to action. Here's what makes them special.

Via Anne Leong
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's what I think is important about this article: if you want to be a wildly influential leader that gets stuff done, here are the 6 things to pay attention to.


Now the question is -- how do you actually do these 6 things? One path is learning to tell effective and compelling stories. Stories that move people to action because of their carefully crafted endings (see our new book Business Storytelling for Dummies for how to do that). Then check out Paul Smith's book Lead With A Story on the variety of stories leaders need to tell 


Building story skills will help you show your strength, connect empathically, inspire with vision, spark taking action, and instill confidence -- everything this article identifies.


Dig into storytelling. Build those skills. Doing so, you will be come a compelling leader.


Thank you to fellow curator Anne Leong for originally finding and sharing this post!


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Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:21 AM

Every once in a while, an amazing leader surfaces, one capable of moving people to action. This is not just a leader who gets people to think. This is a leader who is truly compelling, who can get people to change course and give of themselves.

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:47 AM

My own reading lead me to this old, though steady,  thought:

Leadership is not exercised, it is granted!...

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, February 15, 2014 3:43 PM

Authors and other content creators/curators can take a leadership role in sharing their stories.

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Chief Storyteller shares his best biz tips

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This is an interview I did with Richard Sheridan, the founder and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this brief video, he shares some of the great things they’ve done to make Menlo a very happy workplace.

Among other things Rich talks about:

How leaders can pump fear out of the roomNever working more than 40 hours a weekEliminating meetingsEliminating internal emailCreating a physical space that’s conducive to happiness at work


Via Gregg Morris
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great video! Not only is the video about how to eliminate fear and create an awesome workplace, Sheridan also shares other business wisdom. I love that the company has eliminated internal emails (WOW!), using instead what they call 'high tech voice technology' :))


This is a 10 minute video which I know you will enjoy. It's inspiring and you can do some of these same techniques in your business.


Thank you fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this gem!


Karen Dietz

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, January 8, 2014 10:02 AM

Hapiness in the workplace sounds great.

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:58 PM

I agree, Gregg - eliminating meetings puts him high on my list!

Judy Grossman's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:54 AM

Creating happiness in the workplace helps everyone thrive.

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Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me

Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I met up with an old friend for coffee last Saturday. Going in, I knew I would enjoy catching up with somebody I had not seen for a decade, but I did not expect I would walk away with two lessons in entrepreneurship.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a companion article that fits nicely with the other I just posted on "Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories".


As the author, Jerry Jao, says here: "As the CEO of a company, my job is to inspire and motivate my team. But, what most people don't realize is that even inspiration people (aka: the cheerleaders) need to seek inspiration themselves. I lost track of that lesson when I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of growing my company."


Truer words could not be said. Countless times leaders I work with ask me where to find inspirational stories. I definitely help them, but that question also tells me they are not seeking inspiration themselves.


This article shares a terrific story which I know you will like, along with important advice: actively listen for stories to keep you inspired. You will have a ready supply when it's your turn to share an inspiring story that helps your business.


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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Insights About Org Change And Story -- Podcast

Insights About Org Change And Story -- Podcast | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In an effort to continue to share the best Change Management Insights and Knowledge (in a way that's easy to digest and keeps you in the know) I've created The
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In this free podcast my co-author, Lori Silverman (of our new book Business Storytelling for Dummies) chats about the role of stories in organizational change.


The podcast is 36:31 minutes long. Organizational change efforts have a notorius failure rate of about 70%. Stories can make a significant dent in that statistic since story sharing throughout the change cycle is critical to keeping the project focused. Stories also provide tangible evidence of change progress that keeps the effort going. And stories engage employees very directly in the change process, particularly if accompanied by consistent recognition.


If you've ever had questions about how stories are important to successful change efforts, Lori has insights to share with you here.


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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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:19 AM

Stories are pull technology that can humanize the process of talking about work. There is more potential to connect to insights and possible changes you can make when hearing stories.

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The Role of Personal Stories at Work

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This podcast is also available on itunes at The Story Factor podcast:


Here is another free podcast from colleague Annette Simmons who continues her interview with Jane Praeger. The focus this time is on using personal stories in your professional life -- and still some talk about the role of surprise in telling a story. Praeger went into surpirse more deeply in her first podcast with Annette which you can also find in this collection.


I appreciate it when Jane says that the fastest way to building trust is being vulnerable when sharing a story. That means it's OK to be an authentic human when sharing a story who makes mistakes and isn't perfect.


What I also like about this podcast is that Jane offers a free case study that you can download when you click on the link on the podcast's page. Yeah! We like good free stuff :))


If ever you've felt squeamish about sharing your personal stories, then this podcast is for you.


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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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:21 AM

More great ideas and possibilities flow from telling stories about work.

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Being a better leader: 11 Simple Concepts (storytelling as foundation)

Being a better leader: 11 Simple Concepts (storytelling as foundation) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders in my last book, Likeable Business, to determine what made them so

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Karen Dietz's insight:

This post is originally from fellow curator Bobby Dillard. Thanks for this Bobby!


What a great chart! And of course I like it because storytelling is a foundational piece. But that aside, it does show how critical storytelling has become to being an effective leader. What to motivate and inspire people? Stories are your best vehicle. Want to have your values and vision come alive and be embodied? Stories are the answer again.


And great storytelling doesn't happen without great listening, too. So I'm doubly happy that listening also made it into the chart as another foundational skill.


Keep this chart handy -- I know I'm going to as I work with leaders and MBA students. And may 2014 totally rock for you!


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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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, December 30, 2013 7:26 PM

Be a Better Leader: 11 Simple Concepts

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:54 PM

The core value of a transleader.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:42 PM

Great structure.  Simple in nature but hard to execute in a genuine way every time.  Worth looking to by all leaders.

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