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Women Leadership Summit 2015

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Karen Dietz's insight:

I had a fabulous opportunity, and time, speaking at the Women's Leadership online Summit on Tuesday and you can still listen to the recording. Trish Sadar interviewed me for 30 minutes on essential story skills leaders must have in order to nail their communications.


In fact, you can still participate in the entire summit -- for free!. Here's the info:


Want more advice on how to accelerate your leadership success?

 

If you're ready to learn incredible new skills to take your corporate job to the next level faster, and want to unlock the power of you so you can finally stand up and claim that executive position, check out this FREE "Women Leadership Summit for Emerging Leaders 2015 Unlock the Power of You" telesummit!

 

Join 21 influential women who are at the height of their game for 11 days of lessons, advice, and expert strategies on how to build your confidence and communication skills, overcome obstacles, and advance your career fast!

 

 Click here to sign up for FREE now!

 

http://www.womenleadershipsummit.net/


See you there!

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Are You A Rookie? 5 Common Storytelling Mistakes

Are You A Rookie? 5 Common Storytelling Mistakes | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A sampling of rookie storytelling mistakes.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post! These are seldom talked about storytelling mistakes, so I was thrilled when I found this article by Nick Morgan, writing for Forbes.


Check them out and see if you are doing any of these -- like, maybe going for shock value?


See if you need to tweak your business storytelling with this list.

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How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk

How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Be humble, and be real.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a quick article by Dorie Clark listing 4 how-to tips for promoting yourself without sounding arrogant, stuck up, or like you are bragging.


This is good stuff to know. Almost everyone I coach in storytelling has the fear of sharing their personal stories and sounding like a jerk or a braggart.


But if you follow these 4 tips, you won't sound like that. There is great advice here, along with a little discussion about understanding the true value of self-promotion.


Happy reading and happy telling...


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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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 23, 9:52 AM

Excellent insights for those, like me, that struggle with self promotion. Well worth the read.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 10:21 PM

It is always hard to find the balance between too modest and too full of one's self.

 

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ASVP's curator insight, May 25, 2:13 AM

Definitely worth reading

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Detecting Lies via Storytelling: A How To Technique

Detecting Lies via Storytelling: A How To Technique | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The idea that you can tell if someone is lying by analysing certain physical cues has been prominent ever since the 1920s, when the polygraph first made an appearance.
Karen Dietz's insight:

My friends at Anecdote are reporting here on a research project illustrating how to determine if someone is lying through story listening.


Author Mark Schenk shares the story of this fascinating research and its implications. It's great. I keep thinking of business applications like job interviews and project assessments.


If you think about it, you can take this knowledge and use it anytime someone is giving you a status report. NOT that people are going to lie to you -- but they might put a more positive spin on it than what you need. So you can gain a deeper and better understanding of what's really going on, use the material in this post to know what to pay attention to and flesh out more of the story. 


Read the article to find out. It won't take long, and it's chock full of solid information you can use.


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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Alexis Niki's curator insight, May 10, 4:05 AM

An interesting read, especially on the heels of an article I read yesterday. Apparently,  when we remember a past event, we are actually remembering the last time we remembered it. I know for myself that what I retain are the emotional impressions of an event. As for the actual details, I feel rather free to draw from a repertoire to flesh out a story. Having attended plenty of concerts, for example,  I'm pretty sure I could come up with sights, smells, and sounds to complete a lie about  having been at a recent one. But I'm sure if I were to invent a story about something I've never experienced, then I'd stumble. 

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Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership

Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“Executive storytelling leadership matters today. While execs are keepers of the flame, they are not the owners of it. They must let go and empower others.”

Karen Dietz's insight:

Right on Kathy! This post is written by my colleague Kathy Klotz-Guest @kathyklotzguest and it lays out the 5 ways leadership needs to re-orient to storytelling.


I love that she shows how the relationship of leadership to storytelling has changed over the years -- and what to do today.And her advice for leaders regarding storytelling is solid. This is a must-read for anyone in business, not just executives.


Thanks Kathy for a great post!

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Monica Lewinsky Tells Her Story @ TED: The price of shame

In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online publi...
Karen Dietz's insight:

I just watched this powerful video of Monica Lewinsky's TED talk and I was riveted. As she shares bits and pieces of her story, she weaves together what her story can mean for us individually, and as a culture.


Lewinsky bravely touches on storytelling ethics, our gleeful perpetuation of dark stories that lead to great harm, how to use stories to build empathy, and taking control of your own narrative.


The business of storytelling -- and business storytelling -- has an underside. Lewinsky sheds light in the dark and shows us a way home. Watch this video now -- you'll be glad you did. It will make you a far better and more humane storyteller IMHO.


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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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 25, 3:50 PM

Respect... She has done it from a very very deep something from where few could come back...

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Chem-Dry: Success in Lead Generation Through Storytelling!

Chem-Dry: Success in Lead Generation Through Storytelling! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning used brand storytelling and organic search to generate more than six times the leads, triple close rates.
Karen Dietz's insight:

The numbers shared in this article are great. This is quite a terrific example of a company -- Chem-Dry -- successfully using storytelling to increase their lead generation by leaps and bounds.


See -- storytelling works! The author of the article, Joe Matthews, interviews Bill Knight, Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning's vice president of franchise development, about why they switched to storytelling to increase their leads.


It's a good story and the stats shared are powerful. You too can learn from Knight as he shares the storytelling strategy that worked.


Go get 'em! Use storytelling to bring in more leads for your business.


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K Dietz/Just Story It Interview Coming Up March 17!

K Dietz/Just Story It Interview Coming Up March 17! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Great leadership is about trust and relationship building. In today’s competitive climate, trust can be challenging to build and maintain.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Hey everyone -- when it rains it pours and next week I've got 2 interviews coming up on business storytelling.


This first one is with Lianne Picot who is interviewing me on "Building Trust & Relationships With Story". This will be a lot of fun. Yes, I've already been sent a list of questions to answer. But....we both agree that our conversation may take us deeper into other paths. In any event, Lianne is a pistol and we'll be laughing, talking, and sharing fab stuff.


So mark your calendars for this cool radio show!

Tues. March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day


Follow the link for all the listening info. 


LOL -- the interview will happen at an ungodly hour for me. So I'll be there with my big green St. Patty's Day mug of coffee, and my big smoothy cup of some healthy green concoction just to make sure I'm charged up and my brain is on. Pray I don't channel someone stupid because I'm not awake yet :))


Listen in and chat soon -- Karen

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Effective Leadership And Storytelling -- "Circle of the 9 Muses"

Today, leaders are looking to storytelling to help advance the work of the organization. Here's a look at some of the possibilities... and also an introducti...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Need a quick primer on the huge impact of storytelling on effective leadership? Then this 3 min. video is for you. It's a synopsis of how storytelling is critical for leadership that goes waaaaayyyyy beyond the just "tell your leadership journey" story.


I'm thrilled to be part of story colleague David Hutchen's new book coming out in the spring of 2015 called "The Circle of the 9 Muses". This intro video is not a typical dumb book promo. It contains value and shows how storytelling is mission critical for any enterprise and leader.


Enjoy this piece and -- right on David!


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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, May 15, 8:04 AM

While this is an infomercial, I wonder how we can use story telling with students and even parents when trying to teach knowledge and skills. 

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 15, 10:24 PM

Good book promo and good insights In reality story-telling or as I prefer to call it story-sharing essential to build bridges from what is to what can be. Candid & convivial conversations are what's vital to actually crossing the bridges

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 1:54 AM

Storytelling et leadership voilà deux domaines qui peuvent aller ensemble pour motiver les étudiants ou les employées. C'est le même combat.

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A Storytelling Secret -- My Best People Leadership Lesson: The Art of Giving

A Storytelling Secret -- My Best People Leadership Lesson: The Art of Giving | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Many years ago, I was in the office of one of my former bosses for my annual review. He was very diplomatic and shared that he was happy with my work. When he asked me, “Do you have any questions?” By nature, I am big on adding the word self between the words –“constant improvement”. So, I replied...

Karen Dietz's insight:

Article Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-people-leadership-lesson-i-learnt-from-my-former-karthik-rajan 


My LinkedIn buddy Karthik Rajan put together this thoughtful post that gets to the heart of business success: listening for people's strengths and reflecting that back to them.


Sounds easy, or like a nice platitude. But Rajan shares a story that brings it to life, where we can see ourselves easily following his tip. Aha! Great storytelling is at work :)


OK -- but other than that, what has this post got to do with business storytelling??!!


Well, the best way evoke the best stories/qualities from people is to simply acknowledge the best of what you experience with them. Why? So they can experience their magnificence in your presence. And you can experience their magnificence when you are with them. Relationships spiral up, and so does the quality of work.


What does it cost you? Not much, as Rajan points out. In the end, by deeply listening you will discover amazing things about people. And about yourself, interestingly enough.


Of course, this is not a practice where you say one thing, and then turn around to say the opposite about a person behind their back. Someone did that to me recently. That's just lip service that we want to avoid that when we can.


I love story listening and appreciating the best about a person in return. It's a great way to be in a place of constant discovery, celebration, and heart. We can all do the tactical and practical. This other takes work -- but the rewards are great.


Go read the article, follow Rajan's advice, and get your story listening/appreciation gear on. You'll be glad you did :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Be suspicious -- very suspicious -- of stories

Be suspicious -- very suspicious -- of stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Want to start your week off right? Then watch this irreverent video full of truth about storytelling. You will laugh, your eyebrows will raise, and you will periodically nod your head in agreement. OR -- you'll get cranky.


Economist Tyler Cowen has a few things to teach us about storytelling. For example: life is messy and today we treat stories like Mr. Clean -- tidy ways to organize ourselves into a series of 7 little narrative boxes. Ouch! But true.


I like this guy. He calls a spade a spade. Life is messy. Storytelling is messy. Storytelling as a practice is full of contradictions, ethical conundrums, along with rich and deeply meaningful experiences. 


Don't fall into the trap of simplistic storytelling. Get real. Get honest. Get aware. Run to listen to this 16.5 minute video with practical advice at the end. It will enrich your life and your storytelling.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Stories: What Sinks Organizational Change Infographic

Stories: What Sinks Organizational Change Infographic | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Karen Dietz's insight:

Gotta love this. Here's an infographic that takes a lot of the mystery out of why change efforts fail. This particular piece is about organizations, but it applies to any size business, and even to personal change.


Look at where stories sit: they are the biggest factor, just a hair above feelings. Now look at where shared values are -- near the top of the iceberg. Yet how often are we told with stories to tell ones that focus on shared values? Lots! So -- bzzzzzzz (buzzer sound) -- wrong answer. Or "give folks a vision and share stories about the 'why' behind it". Hear that buzzer again.


OK -- what this infographic is telling us that we've got to go deeper into the underbelly of the iceberg. In other words, listen for the stories people are telling and identify those deep emotions to understand what they really mean. This leads to understanding unwritten rules and behavior norms. Then start working on shifting the stories of "how we do things around here". Keep working up the chart.


Want personal change? Here's the process.


No question -- it's hard work and not easy. But at least this offers a clear road map. Keep it handy.


Many thanks to fellow curator icki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor for originally finding and sharing this piece.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 



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Anne Egros's curator insight, May 17, 2:33 PM

What really drives organizations ?

Gudrun Hoehne's curator insight, May 20, 4:49 AM

In global companies sometime the organizational cultures differ according to the subsidiaries. This is also of importance for virtual tems who work acroos different subsidiaries and countries.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 8, 11:07 AM

Lo que hay bajo el Currículum: El Currículum Oculto

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Storytelling Is The How--Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Take Risks

Storytelling Is The How--Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Take Risks | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's insight:

The infographic above says it all -- beyond the numbers, this is the work of leaders. The article by Margie Warrell does a great job explaining what each of these 3 activities are and why they are important.


Now here's my 2 cents: one of the most powerful and efficient ways to get all 3 done is through effective storytelling. Want to succeed as a leader? Want to make a difference? Want to change the world/your company? Master storytelling skills.


Enjoy this post and many thanks to fellow curator Dr. Susan Bainbridge for originally finding and sharing this article in her Transformational Leadership curation.

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Andrea Payne's curator insight, January 27, 3:23 PM

I've been reading "Real Influence" by Robert Ullman and John Goulston (http://www.amazon.ca/Real-Influence-Persuade-Without-Pushing/dp/081442015X), and they talk about the importance of connecting authentically.  In Real Influence, Ullman and Goulston refer to this authenticity as "Connected Influence".  

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, January 28, 4:38 PM

The future need innovators and the present needs innovative teachers to nurture them.   Creativity and the ability to innovate are natural characteristics but they must be built up and encouraged in our students, colleagues, and selves.


IteratED is committed to bringing out and nurturing the best in all of our faculty and students. We understand that this requires greater autonomy to make decisions and more trust in the natural ability to learn through exploration.


Are you a teacher who wants to reach for your highest potential? We are here to help you get there. Contact IteratED for more information on how together we can provide exceptional 21st-century education.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 26, 9:03 AM

Be strong and courageous.

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Why Your Co's Problems Need a Story

Why Your Co's Problems Need a Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Story offers an unexpected frame for getting to the right ending.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a great post from colleague Madelyn Blair on a better way to tackles problems at work that is narrative based.


What I like is that Madelyn goes through the 5 elements in storytelling that lead to problem resolution, along with surfacing questions that those struggling to solve a problem might never have asked.


Go read the article and put it into your storytelling toolkit. I bet you'll even find a problem this week that you can use these techniques on!

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How a Brussel Sprouts Story Created a Big Change in a Company

How a Brussel Sprouts Story Created a Big Change in a Company | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In a digitally competitive environment, the pressure is on marketing and business leaders to find innovative ways to persuade, engage and influence their audience.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This piece is long, but easy to read and chock full of insights about leadership, storytelling, and change.


Like -- don't use a sledgehammer approach. The soft power of storytelling. How a story about brussel sprouts creating a big change in a team.


It's a great read. Enjoy!

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From the Brothers Grimm: Leadership Lessons For All

From the Brothers Grimm: Leadership Lessons For All | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Fairy tales help children to answer basic existential questions, like who am I, what is the good life, where do I belong? Through fairy tales they learn to navigate reality and survive in a world full of ambiguities and dangers.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Now here's an unusual piece that makes a lot of great points about the universal truths imbedded in fairy tales, and leadership wisdom.


The article is written by Manfred Kets de Vries of INSEAD. Here's one truth he shares:


"On a deeper level fairy tales can touch on humankind’s deepest fears and desires and be a source of inspiration. By identifying with characters in fairy tales, executives can come to better understand their own internal struggles and turn into more self-aware leaders."


There's more in his discussion of the fairy tale in the leader's journey (and it's not about the hero), and a section on the 5 Deadly Dangers of Leadership.


Go read it now for a different twist on business storytelling.


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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David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 1:15 PM

Interesting leadership take from Manfred Kets de Vries!

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 21, 9:19 PM

Indeed lessons for all in this. I like the 5 leadership dangers particularly the first one about self-knowledge. Everyone can be a leader. Key is being and being requires remarkable self-awareness. The reason most leadership development programs in business schools and organisations fail to produce remarkable leaders is because the focus is on doing more than being.

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Conveying Change Better: The Strategic Narrative How To

Conveying Change Better: The Strategic Narrative How To | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Strategic narratives are a form of storytelling, and like all good stories, they need a compelling plot, characters, a climax, and a conclusion. By telling this story, employees and other stakeholders will understand their place in the larger narrative and how they can take an active role in shaping the future of your organization.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article, written by Chris Cancialosi, features my biz storytelling buddy Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons. She contributes the information on creating a strategy narrative, which is a solid take-away for any business who is into succeeding.


The biggest failures with strategies is first the inability to convey them, and then second, to implement them. And if you can't convey them, you can't implement. Which is why this article is so important because it focuses on how to communicate your strategy. You communicate your strategy to staff, vendors, and even customers.


Christine answers the question "What is a strategy narrative?" and gives us the structure for it. The author, Chris, gives us the 'why' and 'how'.


Go read this post now so you don't stumble once you have your strategy figured out.


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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How a government agency ditched its macho culture with storytelling

How a government agency ditched its macho culture with storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling and breathing techniques are among the ways senior leaders say BIS has achieved a 50/50 gender balance on its leadership team
Karen Dietz's insight:

Well, if a government agency in Britain can positively change its culture, then any one can. This article talks about how they did it. And it includes storytelling.


Sure -- they made some systems changes, like removing 4 layers of management. But they also focused on storytelling. It's the perfect one-two punch that ensures success.


The leaders of the organization say that storytelling has helped them go beyond their traditional ways of communicating to be more honest, personal and open in talking and listening to staff. This has led changing the way people lead the department, and finding solutions that have dramatically changed their culture for the better.


Read the article for another example of how storytelling in leadership actually works.

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Morgan Newall's curator insight, April 24, 10:24 AM

This is really interesting, and very closely aligned to the work I'm moving towards, and passionate about. Creating and living a created Brand Story. If it can be done in such an organisation steeped in bureaucracy, it can be done anywhere. 

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Biz Storytelling: Building Trust + Relationships with

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Great leadership is about trust and relationship building. In today’s competitive climate, trust can be challenging to build and maintain.
Karen Dietz's insight:

For those of you who missed my interview last week with Lianne Picot on building trust and relationships with story, here's the link.


LIanne and I had a great time together. Enjoy and I hope you get some good tips from the interview!

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Storytelling, Innovation + Sci-fi for execs: Leads To New Products

Storytelling, Innovation + Sci-fi for execs: Leads To New Products | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Middle-aged 'Star Wars' fan to brief locals on preparing for future
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great article! And how fabulous that creating science fiction adventures with executives is leading to boosts in creativity plus discovering new products.


Now how innovative is that? It just goes to show how versatile storytelling is, and how when it is creatively applied, whole worlds open up.


Read this article by Roger Showley. It's great this is happening in my own backyard here in San Diego, CA. Not only will you enjoy this very different application of storytelling, you'll get some ideas yourself about how to use storytelling to create a future story, or help you meet future demands.

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Very Good Stories Radio Show: Digging In To Storytelling Success

Very Good Stories Radio Show: Digging In To Storytelling Success | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Build a better business with story
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's another fab resource for everyone interested in business storytelling. Story professional Lianne Picot @verygoodstories has been interviewing some of the best minds in the storytelling field about how and why story works, applications for stories, and concrete how-to steps.


This link is to her radio show where you can find the links to each interview. Like "What's Your Money Story?" with business author Mike Michalowicz. Wow -- now that's a critical but overlooked story any business person needs to dig into if they want more success.


Or, "Creating An Emotional Connection". Easy to say, tougher to do. Again, this interview with Jonathan Bennett will help you develop compelling narratives supporting your strategic direction and engaging stakeholders.


All of the interviews are downloadable as MP3 files for your traveling pleasure. Thanks for helping us all Lianne!


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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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 26, 1:52 AM

Thanks to fellow curator @Karen Dietzfor finding this resource!  She sums up what it's about really nicely in her review:

  • "Here's another fab resource for everyone interested in business storytelling. Story professional Lianne Picot has been interviewing some of the best minds in the storytelling field about how and why story works, applications for stories, and concrete how-to steps."
Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 26, 7:59 AM

Good read on story telling and developing stories 

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Developing The Habit Of Noticing Stories + Free E-Book

Developing The Habit Of Noticing Stories + Free E-Book | 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.
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Article Link: http://www.anecdote.com/2015/02/vital-habit-of-noticing-stories/ 


This Monday I was working with a client. Their company is littered with stories. Yet the CEO was lamenting, "What stories do we have to tell??!! I can't think of a single one!"


The problem was quickly fixed, and it is a common one my clients tell me about. So imagine my delight when this morning I receive the latest newsletter from my biz story colleague Shawn Callahan, CEO of Anecdote. His latest blog post is all about how to notice stories.


He's got some great tips in this quick article. Even better, scroll down to gain additional insights addressing other issues in business storytelling.


But wait wait! Don't go yet! Shawn also announced that his latest free e-book is now available for download: Character Trumps Credentials: 171 questions that help leaders tell great stories that influence, inspire and engage.


In coaching and workshops I always spend time on "the art of the question". Shawn has developed a great resource. Some of the questions use classic story prompts. Others might take an additional question or two to get to the story. Regardless, go grab this now and start using it.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 12, 2:46 PM

Great @Karen Dietz share on her favorite topic - storytelling.

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Storytelling: The Foundation For Change

Storytelling: The Foundation For Change | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Personal change is difficult and rare. These 3 strategies help us change even the most intractable habits.
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Article LInk: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2015/02/06/the-3-most-powerful-ways-to-change-people-who-dont-want-to-change/3/


The original title of this article by Kathy Caprino for Forbes Magazine is "The 3 Most Powerful Ways To Change People Who Don't Want To Change". You'd never know that storytelling is the bedrock for all change.


Caprino is interviewing David Maxwell, one of the authors of a favorite book of mine, Influencer. Before social, personal, or structural can be leveraged to make a change, the dominating story needs to be dealt with first. Tips for how to do so are shared.


Go read the article. It makes tons of sense. Want change? Story it first.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Getting Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future: Avoiding Narrative Fallacy

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Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present.
Karen Dietz's insight:

ARTICLE LINK: https://hbr.org/2015/01/an-exercise-to-get-your-team-thinking-differently-about-the-future


This post by Leonard Fuld for HBR is both interesting and problematic. I am always on the hunt for good articles about creating future stories -- because they are not easy to do.


So this one caught my eye. Fuld describes a team who used a technique for scenario planning from Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman uses a technique that promises to avoid "narrative fallacy" -- seeing the future as merely a slight variation of yesterday. 


I was having a wonderful conversation last Friday with Alan Briskin, author of Collective Wisdom, where he was sharing with me some brain research. It's been documented that humans are terrible at forecasting into the future because of cognitive and emotional biases (how I will feel in the future: "if I'm successful in business all my problems will be solved"), plus projection bias (projecting my current state of mind into the future and onto others: "my boss will never change"). Yet neuroscience researchers are finding that mindfulness, "walk a mile in my shoes" stories creating empathy between people, and the quality of storytelling might  help us overcome these barriers.


HEADS UP: Future stories help us communicate about the future we are deliberately and consciously creating. Scenario planning is a process for uncovering hidden risks and better planning for the future.


So you can see why I was interested in Kahneman's process for avoiding those biases and "narrative fallacy". It is hard to think about the future and craft stories about what we are creating/or what we can plan for that aren't pie-in-the-sky junk or totally miss the mark.


Here is where the article disappoints, however. The actual technique is never shared so we don't really know how to avoid "narrative fallacy". Bummer. The article instead focuses on the scenarios and implications the group came up with.


Bottom line: this is an interesting development in "future story" that we need to know about, but we are not out of the woods yet. Hopefully really good techniques for avoiding our biases and learning how to use story processes to create effective future stories of all types will continue to emerge.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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How To Tackle Mistakes + Feedback Through Storytelling

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Whether it's the sandwich method of criticism, direct criticism, or persuasion methods, there are plenty of strategies you can use to convince someone to change their ways. Tell someone a relatable, convincing story to get them to see the consequences of their actions and change.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a very quick article that connects directly with another post I curated today on Similar Stories and their use in sales.


This article by Tori Reid talks about how to talk about mistakes by sharing a Similar Story. The application in this case is to help someone change their behavior. Of course, it could apply to sales situations also. In the field of Folklore we would call these 'cautionary tales'.


Regardless, the point of this piece is how to offer criticism in indirect, yet powerful ways through storytelling. Reid shares 2 reasons why this works.


I wouldn't use this technique 100% of the time, but it is important to have in your storytelling tool box.

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