A Polaroid camera is nothing more than bookshelf eye candy if you don't have the magical film to go with it. Which is why The Impossible Project pulle...
Karen Dietz's insight:
Here is a little bit of inspiration for your Friday.
It's all about how a couple of crazy guys bought the last Polaroid film factory so that 300 million cameras around the globe could still be used.
Now how different is that?! And they succeeded, and are successful. It's a terrific little story.
Other than for your own inspiration, how could you use this story? How about when talking with teams about thinking outside the box. Or when working with executives about hidden market opportunities. Or anytime you are dealing with the principles of creativity and innovation. Just a few ideas :)
From the book: "Crossing the Unknown Sea; Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity" (2001) by David Whyte
Poet David Whyte has introduced poetry into American Express, Boeing, and Toyota as a tool for understanding organizational creativity.
Karen Dietz's insight:
I am waxing poetic this week and searching for inspiration. While prepping for client work a few days ago I found this poem by David Whyte and thought about sharing it with you. It speaks to me of the power of vivid language and beautiful storytelling. I hope it inspires you also :)
Well, thats how it works. You start thinking about how you spend or sell your life, and you get a kick in the butt or a pat on the back as the case may be. You hear a story, you meet a real hero, and if you’re lucky, a butterfly might even flutter by and remind you of your own beauty and potential to make a difference!
Here's the 2nd article for inspiration on this Wednesday.
Click on the title THE ONION SELLER, THE BASKET MAKER AND AN AMBASSADOR OF KINDNESS
This is a recent post by friend and colleague Bob Kanegis. When I read it I said, "Ahhh yes, this is what work and life is all about. What great reminders."
When I read these 2 quick stories I just loved their beauty, poetry, and wisdom. I hope by reading these you are uplifted and inspired, and leave the post feeling well fed.
Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywh...
Karen Dietz's insight:
It is Monday afternoon and after a weekend of R & R it's time for a kick in the pants. It's a triple dose of motivating and encouraging stories/presentations that give us hope about simple things we can do to make a difference in our daily lives, and in the world.
I so appreciate my readers here, and you have told me time and again how much you value quality material that helps you think better, and not junk. So here we go:
Dose #1: Here Margaret Heffeman shares the story of one woman and how she changed the fate of people in Libby, Montana forever. It is a wonderfully inspiring story but that is not the key message behind it. Heffeman's point in sharing the story is about the 'willfull blindness' we find ourselves in these days and what to do about it.
Now why in heavens name would I curate this piece?? Because we in business suffer from 'willfull blindness' all the time. We just don't want to know about some of the stories in our companies or organizations (small or large) -- mostly likely because we don't know what to do about what we hear, or because they are too painful. These are the 'undiscussables' in organizations -- or the elephants in the room. Then along comes Heffeman to burst the bubble that keeps us stuck and helps us take the next steps. Hooray!
Dose # 2: After watching Heffeman's TEDx talk, then click on the link below to take in Marty Kaplan Has “Outrage Envy” And Wants Americans To Take To The Streets http://urbantimes.co/2013/08/marty-kaplan-has-outrage-envy-and-wants-americans-to-take-to-the-streets/ Kaplan, a Media Scholar, sits down with Bill Moyers in this 25 minute piece to remind us that a lot of the stories we hear today are told to keep us compliant and feeling powerless. Shock and awe, I know. It is well worth every minute of your time to listen to this entertaining interview. Need to learn about 'over-storying? This is it and a perfect mirror for Heffeman's talk, bringing some of the same points she makes about a local story out onto the national stage, plus talking about the role of business, and what to do next. Time to wake up!
Dose #3: Here is a 4 minute video http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5 from www.Upworthy.com that is the story of a Safeway clerk who screwed up big time, and how two women handled it perfectly. It is further proof that one person can have a huge impact. Titled "One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place", we learn how any of the priviledges we enjoy can be used and what to do to make lives better simply though the power of questions and words. Awesome! Many thanks to my story buddy and long time friend Patti Christiansen for sharing this video on Facebook.
All of the insights gained from these 3 videos are applicable to your business or organization. And they are applicable to you in your personal life too. When we get discouraged, powerless, or hopeless these videos show us the way. Here are ways you can use the wisdom from these pieces:
To rethink your personal relationship to national issues
To rethink experiences in your business or organization
To take some of the action steps suggested -- field test and refine them
To share the videos in workshops, trainings, classes, with friends and family during get-togethers, and start talking about the wisdom and opinions shared
You may think of other ways to use these pieces
In the end, it's all about trying on a different set of glasses, and felling enlivened, enobled, and hopeful. There is always a way....Looking forward to your feedback.
We are all made up of stories Hopefully, the good ones outweigh the bad By the dozens And the mediocre ones… Hopefully they go more than they come. How we live these stories, How we let them ...
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We are all made up of stories
Hopefully, the good ones outweigh the bad
By the dozens
And the mediocre ones…
Hopefully they go more than they come.
How we live these stories,
How we let them affect us
How we let the buoy us up
How we let them drag us down
These stories we live
It is up to us how we tell them
There is more to this poem!
Read the rest of the poem along with a few other inspirational thoughts from storyteller Stuart Nager in this very short blog post. It's all good stuff to remember because our business stories act the same!
It’s tempting to look at pop culture for insight into the zeitgeist, and it’s hard to look at pop culture without seeing a lot of Zombies. This may well not be a coincidence.
Karen Dietz's insight:
This article by Alan Snitow goes right along with the other article I curated today on Anthrocapitalism.
Here Snitow talks about the massive shifts in consumer attitudes/behaviors that are creating shifts in marketing and branding.
The author suggests that one of these huge shifts is away from 'aspiration' marketing, where consumers aspire to buy their way into a better life, to 'inspiration' marketing. Inspiration marketing is focused less on what companies can give, and more on what consumers themselves can achieve. In other words, making customers the hero of the story.
But there is more here to the discussion and I encourage you to read the article. It's not that long and makes great points.
Even better, Snitow shares short videos of companies who have moved from aspirational to inspirational marketing. Perhaps this is what your business needs to do.
And once again, I wonder about the influence of storytelling.Of course stories fit exceedingly well into inspirational marketing.
Yet how much has the awareness, education in, and experiences with storiesshaping the conversation and this movement? Maybe it is more of a chicken-and-egg syndrome.
In any event, I find it fascinating that this article and the one on anthrocapitalism show up on the same day but from different sources. And on the same day I received an email newsletter talking about how businesses are now in a post-Demming-process era and now in the era of valueing people in business. And the business was re-defining all of its work to meet this new direction.
Well, certainly these discussions about the value of people over profits in business have been around for years. Only time will tell if trend watchers are actually seeing shifts that will stick, or if we are all just spitting into the wind again.
Somehow my original review got blown away by computer goblins last night! I know Scoop.it has a new user interface and it looks like they are still working out a few bugs.
So let me tell you why I posted this manifesto -- because it is a great reminder that even our smallest stories have the power to inspire others and change the world. Yes -- change the world.
We often take our stories for granted. We share them in conversation and don't think much of them. But all stories have 'work' to do in the world -- whether they are big hairy audacious stories or quiet little ones.
Print out this poster and keep it handy. It's a terrific reminder of the power of all YOUR stories to make a difference in the world.
TED Talks William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.
How do you end war and conflict? By finding a different story to share.
While this is not about business storytelling per se, it is a fabulous and inspiring video on the power of a story. Perfect for a little weekend inspiration.
Story sharing has been recognized as one of the most effective tools in peace and justice work.
William Ury talks here about his work negotiating peace in world conflicts and how choosing a different story can make all the difference in the world.
If Ury can do this on a global scale, surely we can take lessons here and apply it to our organizational conflicts, and conflicts in our personal lives.
May this video inspire you to new heights in your storytelling.