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Tall Tales: The strength of storytelling

Tall Tales: The strength of storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling skills as important as ever. Implications for the #mrx workshop / debrief http://t.co/1SOMsvuF … #cmo
Karen Dietz's insight:

I like this post. It is a thoughtful read about the popularity of business storytelling, and the resistance to it by many business people and organizations.


Knowing about and understanding resistance to business storytelling will help us all -- whether you are an entrepreneur, small business, or working in an enterprise. Because we can then find work-arounds for the resistance.


I hope your awareness is expanded by this article, and you get some good tips about how to work with any resistance you encounter as you share your stories and advocate for more business storytelling.


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Make It Visual – “Story-Boarding” the Story of Your Fully Engaged ...

Make It Visual – “Story-Boarding” the Story of Your Fully Engaged ... | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Company's live a never-ending story: I've got to re-engage my teams. They have that story because of a never-ending problem. No, two: Engagement wears.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I absolutely love this article on how leaders need to reframe their storytelling to be true leaders -- not just people with authority.


The author, Dean Hyers, does a fabulous job at explaining where leaders go wrong with storytelling and provides plenty of examples for how to do it right.


The secret? YOU are not who the story is about. The story instead is about others and those in your company. Hyers explains very well how to make the shift.


Now I will say -- don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Sometimes leaders DO need to share their personal stories. In the end, it's about knowing the dance between a leader sharing his/her personal stories and sharing stories about others.


This article helps correct the imbalance I see in leadership storytelling so we can all dance better together.


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Karen Dietz's comment, January 21, 2013 10:05 AM
Thank you Brad!
Brad Tollefson's comment, January 21, 2013 12:52 PM
Thank you! Karen
Oakville Deals's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:29 AM

Reasons why story telling works so well. Good article.

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50 Business Storytelling Mantras to Live By (2013)

50 Business Storytelling Mantras to Live By (2013) | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
For the past two years (2011 and 2012), I shared my top 50 business storytelling and communications mantras. As I plan for 2013, I always look to my l...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Love these for some Friday inspiration! Keep these handy to keep you on your best storytelling toes. 


Thanks Ira Koretsky for putting this list together and keeping us all on track!


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Three Elements of Great Communication, According to Aristotle

Three Elements of Great Communication, According to Aristotle | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The first master of the art believed in ethos, pathos, and logos.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Aristotle and his criteria for effective storytelling still rock after all these years!


This article is a great re-cap of ethos, pathos, and logos. Miss any one of these and you are toast.


The author Scott Edinger's explainations of these are very clear and concise. Pay attention to these 3 elements and for sure you will be a better communicator and storyteller.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, January 20, 2013 2:28 AM

This is what I shared:

 

Enjoyed reading your article. 

 

Wanted to share a quote from my mentor,  Lee Thayer.  In the opening chapter of his book “Communication!: A Radically new Approach to Life’s Most Perplexing Problem” he shared:-----

 

 “…what “communicates” is the interpretation that someone makes of a happening, a situation, an image, or an utterance. A person may be listening to you. But what that person is hearing is not what you said, but her own interpretation of what you may (or may not) have said. All of the actual consequences of any communication encounter flow from the interpretations that people make of things. That may or may not be what was intended. But the power player in any communication situation is the “receiver,” not the “sender.”-----

 

“…Never mistake your interpretation for reality. Just know that you have to live with the consequences of how you, and others, interpret things.   What “communicates’” is whatever a person pays attention to and however she interprets it. You do not control her interpretations, nor does she control yours. That’s how the process works. If you have a different conception of the process, you may want to consider this one. It has far fewer bumps in the road, fewer problems.”-----

 

 

The 9 or 10 books Lee’s written in the past  5 or 6 years contain the seminal ideas he’s been sharing on Communication, Leadership and  high performance organizations for the past 45 years.  And most people have never heard of him.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 21, 2013 10:08 AM
Wonderful comments Ozzie and I agree completely. When I teach MBA students in business communication the entire class is an experience of this. We are always in a state of conveying and refining meaning and living with the interpretations of others. We can experience alignment in meaning, but it takes work. It can be especially difficult when interpretations remain different despite all our efforts. In the end, I think effective communication is the best self-development tool we have around!
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Story Radar -- Not Everything Is A Story

Story Radar -- Not Everything Is A Story | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

Got your story radar on?


I did not even know what this meant until I read this article by colleague Andrew Nemiccolo and listened to my colleague Shawn Callahan explain it.


Basically it is this -- not everything we hear is a story. And plenty of people are confused about this, as I can attest to in my own story work with clients.


Shawn offers us an activity that will get us to quickly understand the storied world we live in, and helps us know what a story is and is not.


Thans Andrew and Shawn for putting this together! I know I am going to use it with clients. And with myself too so I can continue to develop my story listening skills (those always need attention no matter how long you've been doing this work!).


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 11, 2013 7:56 PM

Shawn Callahan's four story essentials are worth noting: time, place, dialogue, the unexpected

Karen Dietz's comment, January 12, 2013 12:56 PM
Absolutely Jeff. They are key essentials. I'm glad Shawn put these together to share with us.
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Storytelling in Leadership--Avoiding "Newt Happens" Moments

Storytelling in Leadership--Avoiding "Newt Happens" Moments | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Do you remember the controversy when the book “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman came out?

The idea that variables other than pure intellectual horsepower could have the same or even more impact on one’s success triggered quite a dialogue."

Karen Dietz's insight:

Storytelling in leadership is nothing new. But what I like about this article is how the author Lou Hoffman pulls together several pieces of information to make some worthy points. 


Like the distinction between direct and indirect leadership and where hypocrisy happens. And where entrepreneurs play that makes them so successful. At the heart of both is where authenticity and storytelling reside.


Then Hoffman adds another twist. Since he opened his article talking about Daniel Goleman's book "Emotional Intelligence", he closes his article talking about the uniqueness of Goleman's About Page on his website.


This fits perfectly into the aricle I curated yesterday on About Pages! Take the tips here from Hoffman's article, and then go do what Goleman did. 


In doing so you will touch both the science and art of storytelling -- and be more successful as a result.


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Anecdote: Business Storytelling - the rookie error

Anecdote: Business Storytelling - the rookie error | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a very quick and short post by my colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia.


All I can say is: Yes!! Avoid this rookie mistake when sharing your stories. You'll get far better results.

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Anecdote: The Story of Malaysian Airlines and Business Storytelling

Anecdote: The Story of Malaysian Airlines and Business Storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Via Hans Heesterbeek
Karen Dietz's insight:

Thank you Hans Heesterbeek for finding and sharing this video!


Here is what I love about it: my colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia made this simiple yet elegant and engaging video that shows how leaders can effectively use stories to create change.


The 3 minute video goes over what we typically do that doesn't work. And then provides alternative ways that do engage people in supporting a change effort.


Good one Shawn! Thanks for putting it together and making it available.  It is also a terrific example of Anecdotes biz storytelling in its own right.


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The Business Impact of Human Emotions

The Business Impact of Human Emotions | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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.
Karen Dietz's insight:

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 4:53 PM

Emotions do play an important part.

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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...
Karen Dietz's insight:

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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5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators - Forbes

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators - Forbes | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It's no secret that good leaders are also good communicators. And the best leaders have learned that effective communication is as much about authenticity as the words they speak and write.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a quick article with very good advice. It's not about story structure, or the elements of a compelling story. It is instead all the things you need to think about BEFORE you launch into a story.


Like -- does your story match your actions? Or is there some misalignment there. 


Are your stories making the complex simple -- or are they still too convoluted with details and side-tracks?


This article applies whether you are a leader in an enterprise, or a small biz owner. 


And I love that the article ends with a focus on listening -- which is truly the heart of great storytelling!


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What is the role of storytelling in PR?

What is the role of storytelling in PR? | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Are you sitting comfortably? Then listen to PR leaders discussing the power of storytelling to build brands and energise businesses (Interesting read "@ThePRCoach: Good read: What is the role of #storytelling in #PR?


I love this post that reminds us all about the power of storytelling for businesses. Here Public Relations leaders share with us how stories are critical to use in business for branding and building a strong customer base.


Stories are everywhere, but the real trick is the following, says Tom Watson, professor of public relations at Bournemouth University: “For brand communicators, the challenge is to create narratives that are deserving of trust by their target markets and sustainable over time."


I also like what Kevin Murray, chairman of PR agency the Good Relations Group, says: “I use stories to entertain people at dinner parties to amuse. But in business you need to tell stories that make a difference.” Good point! 


Go read what the PR professionals in the article have to say. There are great insights.


Link to original article: http://prmoment.com/1212/What-is-the-role-of-storytelling-in-PR.aspx 


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Storytelling Makes Us Better in Life and in Business

Storytelling Makes Us Better in Life and in Business | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I put myself in the category of a motivational speaker, but I consider myself nothing more than a storyteller. And I don't think anything more is needed. Because if you have the ability to tell a powerful value-filled story, then it will ...


What a wonderful inspirational read for today, the day of Thanksgiving. If you want a jolt of heartfulness about stories in business, then this short article is for you.


Behind all the story and marketing, sales, biz growth activities lies the heart. Storytelling -- whether in business or on the stage -- is heart work because that is ultimately where stories touch us. At least for me it is.


I believe most of us doing this work with business storytelling come from this heart place because we know that sharing stories brings out the best in people. Because that is what we want more of. And that is what this article is really all about.


And I love at the end that the author Kelly Swanson says her post contains a lot of information and not story, and promises to do better. Doesn't this happen to all of us?! So thanks Kelly for the refreshing admission. We are right there with you :)


Enjoy this lovely piece, and thanks Kelly!


Link to original article:http://motivational-speakers-review.com/2012/11/21/storytelling-2/the-value-of-storytelling-in-life-and-in-business 


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Chantal Sim's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:38 PM

I like Kelly's blog because she shares many effective tips to be a motivational speaker. To be a great storyteller, I think I have to be more careful about daily life to be better and 'storious'. I actually made the word, 'storious' by myself to expressing the idea of make something possibly great to talk about.  Be storious!

Karen Dietz's comment, June 4, 2013 4:26 PM
Love the new word Chantal! Yes, being more 'storious' keeps us all improving our storytelling :)
Chantal Sim's comment, June 6, 2013 8:57 AM
Thank you, Mrs.Dietz! You encourage me all the time :D
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Aizuchi Playbook: Brand Your Business with Story

Aizuchi Playbook: Brand Your Business with Story | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Colleague Andrew Nemiccolo has just published his new e-book on business storytelling and I really like it.

I know -- you are thinking, "What?! ANOTHER ebook on business storytelling??" Yep, and it's good. Here's what I like about it:

1. The focus on 'back-channel' communication and listening
2. Tackling being vulnerable and getting comfortable sharing your personal stories
3. Advice to NOT find stories, but find experiences instead
4. Steps for figuring out who your audience is first before you share a story
5. All the great story prompts for figuring out and organizing the experiences you want to share
6. Tips for creating a story bank of your experiences

I am not crazy about the definition of 'story' that Andrew uses -- basically for him, anything is a story. Well, that's not helpful and actually leads to a lot of confusion for people. A Tweet is not a story, but it can be part of a larger business narrative. Knowing the difference will help you better target your storytelling efforts.

The book is primarily focused on marketing and branding. Even so, the information and advice can be use in a whole host of other biz story applications.

Go grab the easy-to-read-and-digest book and get smarter about working with stories in business.

I have no affiliation with Andrew or his company other than a promise to chat over coffee sometime. Enjoy the book!

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True or False? Pay Attention to Structure to Tell if a Story is Made Up

True or False? Pay Attention to Structure to Tell if a Story is Made Up | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Psychologists and psychotherapists have long relied on the power of narrative storytelling to help their patients make sense of their world. In fact, it's been said that we are our narratives. For evidence that this may be true, pay attention to how people shape their stories about themselves. As it turns out, there is a big difference between the way we narrate events that have really happened to us and those we've invented."

 

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Love this article! We now have a storytelling lie detector kit. As storytelling rises in popularity in a whole host of business applications, keeping our antenna sharp for fabrications is going to be important.


Remember these 'tells' and let's keep on focusing on authenticity.


Thanks Gregg Morris @greggvm for finding and sharing this article!


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Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion & Storytelling

Leading Through The Power Of Persuasion & Storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Taking part in the adventure of persuading others, sweeping them up into an idea, an unexpected action or an unproven vision, is a wonderful experience. The ability to create excitement all around you is what leadership is about.


Good grief -- I like some of what this article says but there is one glaring error: the confusion between persuasion and influence, particularly for leaders.


So what the heck is the difference between the two, why is it important, and what has it got to do with storytelling?


Well -- persuasion is getting someone to do something. Parents use persuasion all the time: "Finish your dinner or you won't get dessert." Or "Sit Fido and you'll get a treat!" Bosses use persuasion too: "Finish this report by X date or forget that promotion." We all use persuasion.


Influence however, is the power or capacity to cause an effect in indirect or intangible ways. Influence is more often 'showing' what needs to be done which then moves someone to take action -- hopefully in a desireable way.


There are many facets to influence including reciprocity, commitment, social proof and others (see Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by R. Cialdini, 2006).


Leadership at the highest levels is about influence, not persuasion. Management is about persuasion. Confusing persuasion and influence creates leadership that can feel more like manipulation than willing participation.


Storytelling -- IMHO -- lies squarly in the camp of influence. And leaders definitely need to master storytelling as an way to both engage and influence.


The list this author has created for leaders to focus on to be persuasive is mostly all about influential qualities to imbue in a leader's storytelling. Except the first one -- threats and consequences. Outlining global consequences if an organization does not change can be part of an influential conversation. Threats, not so much. That's pure persuasion.


Go read the rest of the list and let me know what you think!


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The power of a spoken word

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Storytellers change their presentation style in different situations. What is suitable for an intimate venue, will not work as well in a large venue. What works for a circle of ten people, does not work in the same way for a circle of twenty-five. Even the hour of day, among many other things, might call for a different capacity or approach. Not everything is possible or fit for storytelling. Amplification might solve a volume issue but it doesn’t do much for intimacy. On the other hand there are situations where it does. The way to gain ‘elasticity’ that will enable a storyteller to adapt as needed, is by learning how to stretch and fold his own wings. It’s like learning how to diminish and increase sound in music. It’s not only changing the volume – the entire sound-production mechanism adapts.

 

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Ahhh -- words of wisdom from one of my colleagues and favorite storytellers -- Llimor Shiponi. This post of hers is all about storytelling elasticity and the power of oral storytelling.


In this electronic age when digital storytelling is often viewed as THE SOLUTION -- this post is a reminder that oral storytelling is still the gold standard.


Want executive presence? Focus on building oral storytelling skills and sharing your stories in person as often as you can.


Want to increase business? Focus on building oral storytelling skills and sharing your stories in person as often as you can.


There's no substitute. Enjoy Limor's wise words of wisdom here!


And thank you Gregg Morris @greggvm for originally finding and sharing this article!


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The Last Brochure You’ll Ever Need -- Story Works

The Last Brochure You’ll Ever Need -- Story Works | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Have you ever looked at your marketing materials and thought, “that’s not really me?” Been there. In fact, my (thankfully last) resume comes to mind. And, oddly, my mind wandered a bit, thinking how most marketing materials similarly fail to tell us what’s really unique about a brand."


Well, I am embarrassed to admit this, but the author of Story Works, Sharlene Sones, asked me to review her new e-book months ago -- and I am just now getting to it. My apologies Sharlene! But better late than never I guess.


I love this book. For several reasons:


Size & readabililty -- this book is constructed so you can easily flip through it. And it is laid out so it is easy to read and digest. Perfect! I can't tell you how many posts and e-books I ignore because the layout makes it too hard to read. And I wouldn't want to subject you to that either. Sharlene's book is a breeze to walk through.


Content -- Sharlene does a masterful job at guiding us through the business applications of story. She touches on everything from marketing/branding, unique proposition, sales, to leadership, culture, career development, and back. Whew! That's a lot of territory to cover. But she does it well.


Sharlene explains how story will make a difference in these areas -- and WHY it does. And she gives us tips for using story in several applications. As a bonus, there are lots of story quotes to add to your list, along with examples from companies to make her points.


What I particularly like is her focus on story as conversation -- and that story sharing is where the real leverage is in org story work.


I may quibble a bit on some of Sharlene's points -- are testimonials really stories? Depends on the definition you use. For me, not so much. But the bulk of Sharlene's material is so right on, I am not going to be so picky.


Sharlene also tackles 'engagement' as a topic and brings to light the story dynamics involved in that. I think there is still a lot to learn about storytelling and engagement in business, but this gives us a good start.


I wish there had been more focus on listening, too. Implied in Sharlene's book is how transformative stories can be in business. A lot of what she talks about is story at the transactional level -- even when story provides inspiration and meaning. For example -- when a business is really in the story groove, stories have the potential to change both the teller and listener. Story as transformation in business is the next frontier I think.


I could say more, but I'm running out of space. This book is inspirational and a good kick in the pants for bringing story into your core business activities. If you want a great e-book primer on business storytelling, this is it.


If you want to go deeper, dig into the books by Annette Simmons and Steve Denning.


You do have to buy this book. But you can also download a chapter for free. I have absolutely no affiliation with Sharlene other than we are colleagues and both went to grad school at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.


Happy reading!


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Strategic Storytelling | Business Truisms

Strategic Storytelling | Business Truisms | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Every so often, a traditionally non-business word finds its way into the business world, fueled by an admirable desire to find new ways to think about old challenges. “Storytelling” has become one of those words."


This post has been moved. Here is the new link: http://csadmark.com/strategic-storytelling/


What a nicely written article pointing to several truisms in business storytelling. Some you are familiar with (storytelling is a pull, not a push technology). I like the ones that I don't read much about:
1. Storytelling is a selfless, empowering act
2. Storytelling looks to the future


As the author Bill Baker (from Marketing Profs) says, "Successful storytelling respects the past and appreciates the present, but it also looks boldly into the future, moving people past “what is” to “what if?” Done well, storytelling helps people collectively imagine a vision of the future that is achievable and worth achieving, helping them to understand not only what they’re working on but also what they’re working toward." Yes!


And, "As you consider using storytelling strategically to give meaning to your brand communications or employee-engagement efforts, don’t do so simply because it is “the next big thing.” Do it because, if you truly listen and you are willing to be generous, authentic, emotional, and collectively creativeit works. As one senior client recently said, “This is a bit frightening. I feel vulnerable; but at the same time, because I’m being myself, I feel more confident.” If your organization is ready for that journey, there’s a great story ahead."


Love it. This is a quick post that is rich in insights & examples (ignore its clunky layout). Enjoy!


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A Strategic Story about Strategic Storytelling

A Strategic Story about Strategic Storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Over the years, I have used strategic storytelling workshops to help drive key messages, build teams, and enhance communication skills.  Today, I share the story of how my interest in that began, and why I frequently use it in my leadership ...


LOL -- stories do the work again!!


What happens in an organization when a project you've been devoted to comes to a screaching halt? You turn to storytelling.


Oh, this author Karen Hurt is not talking about the "Ain't it awful" stories you could tell. She instead shares how she kept the project alive using the power of storytelling.


This is a great read and an enjoyable story. And when you get blocked -- start storytelling in healthy and constructive ways.


These are fab lessons here for anyone working in organizations, or anyone who gets roadblocked and needs a way around. Stories, story tools and story processes just might be what you need!


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Policy experts need to lead by storytelling -- fab lessons for us all

Policy experts need to lead by storytelling -- fab lessons for us all | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The best way for a leader to persuade people to accept a counterintuitive health message is to craft a compelling narrative.


What a great story and insights this article contains. With lessons for us all in leadership, marketing, and social change.


Here is Kenneth Lin, a leader in public health, who shares his story of resigning his position because of clashing narratives. And his frustration with the truth narrative losing out. But he doesn't give up. He keeps going, and shares his insights about grand narratives, leadership, and perseverence with us.


For example -- are you telling micro or macro narratives? If you are telling micro narratives and expecting social change, it won't happen.


And how do you share a narrative that counters people's beliefs when those beliefs contain inaccurate assumptions? Every leader and social change agent wants to know the answer to that one.


Lin might not solve all of these problems in this blog post, but his insights about leadership, stories, and social change are worth the read and give us hope when meeting roadblocks.


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How To Ask [for stories]--And Listen [to stories]--Like You Mean It

How To Ask [for stories]--And Listen [to stories]--Like You Mean It | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Questions are the expressive, probing language for growing others; listening is the receptive, facilitating language for growing others. These two complementary approaches form a continuous growth conversation loop.


Leaders who are helping others to grow and innovate are always trying to craft the best questions to make a difference. Here's how to ask the questions that will propel your team and your organization forward.


Listening -- I mean listening really well -- is sometimes hard to do. Here's a great article by Kevin Cashman, author of The Pause Principle, reminding us that the more deeply and authentically we can listen to another, the deeper our questions go, and the deeper our understanding becomes.


Listening deeply is the first storytelling skill to build -- so you know which story to share or ask for. And then so you can dig more deeply into the story to understand what it really means.


For leaders, this is essential. For anyone wanting to master business storytelling, it is critical. Many marketing and branding folks have still not caught on to listening as being a vital component when using stories.


Sooooo -- here's a reminder that also contains some great insights, a list of what not to do, and a nice section on the power of authentic questions.


Now I'll go on a hunt and see if I can find an article for you just on the Art of the Question. For as they say in Appreciative Inquiry, the question is the intervention -- so knowing how to craft and ask the question is key.


In the meantime, enjoy this article.


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Center for Digital Storytelling - Introducing StoryLab

Center for Digital Storytelling - Introducing StoryLab | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

StoryLab is a new hub for innovation with a big aim: to radically improve public conversation in the U.S. and around the world. Everybody talks about it, but CDS actually knows how to do it.

To change the world, you first have to change the story.


Here is an organization I think everyone should know about -- the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS). They have been, and continue to provide world-class training in digital storytelling grounded in the power of a story dynamics to make a difference.


They are launching a new project -- StoryLab -- which aims to engage people in changing stories that keep us stuck, limited -- like our political discourse, violence, aids, etc. -- and expressing those stories that eliven and enoble us. Truly great work.


So why am I curating this and what has it got to do with business? Well -- imagine applying these same principles and ideas to the stories you share about your business, engaging your organization in this kind of deep story sharing that changes the world, and engaging with customers to create profound partnerships that make a difference.


Hmmmm -- I think there are lots of opportunities here and StoryLab is showing us the way.


The video on the StoryLab page also mentions supporting the project through donations. That is up to you. I have no affiliation with the Center other than our mutual love of story and its transformative power, and an amazing conversation I had a few years ago with founder Joe Lambert.


IMHO, thank heavens they are doing this project. There are so many others in the field of story that also work with story for transformative change. Let's keep hooking up. It is in this spirit that I bring you StoryLab.


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Karen du Toit's comment, September 11, 2012 12:38 AM
Great curation, Karen!
Karen Dietz's comment, September 24, 2012 12:11 PM
Thank you Karen! I'm glad you like the curation :) Have a great week.
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The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I promised to curate the next article by Daryl Conner on the four types of burning platforms stories and how they are used in org change work. Well, here it is -- and it is really good.

Any leader, business, or consultant needs to know the particulars in this article. Here is a sneak preview -- the burning platforms stories are NOT really about creating urgency for change.

I appreciate Daryl for clearing up these misconceptions about this story. And don't forget to read his first blog post about the burning platform that I curated below.

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Billy R Bennett's curator insight, December 11, 2012 6:01 PM

Karen Dietz curated this article by Daryl Conner on four types of burning platforms.  A burning platform is a concept leaders use to define the reason for change.  As Daryl points out this may be based on a negative problem  based appeal or a positive, future opportunity.


Which is better?


Research on personal change has reported greater long term success with positive images.    In most serious change projects, we usually use both. 


You cannot and should not hide business challenges from employees.  


However, once they understand the challenge they will then want to hear your reasoning about why they should consider giving more of themselves to the organization.   I would make it good.


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The Real Story of the Burning Platform | Conner Partners

The Real Story of the Burning Platform | Conner Partners | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

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:

  1. It is a fabulous example of how stories change -- both for better and worse -- with transmission.
  2. It is a good discussion about how metaphors can be mis-construed.
  3. It is a good reminder about making sure you've got the story right if you are going to repeat it.
  4. 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.


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Karen is available for workshops, coaching, public speaking & consulting on telling your story, making values/vision come alive, uniting people to achieve audacious goals, & building transformative leadership. Remember, whoever tells the best story wins!