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

Getting Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future: Avoiding Narrative Fallacy | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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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Strategy, Storytelling, and Being a Detective

Strategy, Storytelling, and Being a Detective | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a short, quick but powerful recounting of how my colleague Shawn Callahan is using story, story elements, and story formats to help companies articulate their strategy. It is very informative!

We need more stories like this to help us all understand how powerful working with stories can be in different applications. I love the process Shawn used. In particular I like how he encourages his clients to stay in the questioning and possibilities stage before jumping into solution finding.

This is an underlying and profound place to remain because thinking gets clearer and sharper. And better pathways emerge for implementation than searching for the immediate quick answers.

What few people realize is that this is a little recognized story dynamic. If with our own business stories, if we are able to share our stories and at the same time understand that those stories are constantly in a state of flux and flow -- where understanding about their meanings and implications evolve over time -- then both the stories and the response to our environment improves.

Relating to our stories this way means we are in a continual state of discovery. Hmmmm, is the meaning of this story changing? What is the point of the story in the context I find myself in now? What is this story really pointing to? Are there other ways to tell this story that sheds a different light on the business?

BTW -- being in this place is kind of fun. It's like being a detective in a mystery book.

In our demand for immediacy, this can be a hard position to maintain. Yet it is an essential dynamic, and a quality of excellence, in storytelling. Relating to our stories from this place is the 'art' part of storytelling instead of the 'science' part of it.

Well, I hope this article and my little review gives you lots to think about.

What are your business stories continually teaching you? How can these insights help you with your strategies and generating solutions?

Thank you Shawn for this fabulous piece and the thought-provoking questions it generates!

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

Karen Dietz's comment, April 29, 2013 11:22 PM
It's spam Jose! I've already deleted the multiple spam postings to my comments today.
Samantha O'Leary's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:12 AM

How is business related to literature?  What cultural traits help us know more about our ventures?

Sarosh Daruwalla's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:51 AM

In an era where the quick fix is often celebrated, bringing in different perspectives to the table will only enhance the final decision making to be more focused and in the right direction.

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Successful Story Selling from Michael Harris

Successful Story Selling from Michael Harris | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

HERE'S THE UPDATED LINK: http://juststoryit.com/blog/?p=394 "He lays out clear steps for how to build what he calls insight scenarios--which are actually mini stories to share. These get prospects talking, have them be relaxed and not feel as if they are being sold to, articulate the real issues, and the value a solution would have for them that is connected to the bottom line."

Karen Dietz's insight:

HERE'S THE UPDATED LINK: http://juststoryit.com/blog/?p=394

Michael Harris' new book Insight Selling, which is available today and tomorrow on Amazon for FREE (Kindle version only). Read my review about why I think Michael's approach will help you.

I have no affiliation with the book other than I think it is a valuable resource.

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

Karen Dietz's comment, February 6, 2014 5:45 PM
Thank you Peter and Miklos for your comments and enthusiasm about the book! I really enjoyed reading it and got a lot out of it. I'm glad Michael Harris finally put his knowledge all in one place for us to access. And I love that it's free today and tomorrow (ends Friday 2/7).
Karen Dietz's comment, February 6, 2014 5:46 PM
And good for you Richard for grabbing the book. Happy reading this weekend! I hope you get lots of insights (LOL).
Michael Harris's comment, February 10, 2014 8:46 AM
If you like the book, please leave a review.
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The Vital Role of Scenarios in Learning

The Vital Role of Scenarios in Learning | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In the world of website development, they say content is king. In the world of training/education, you can provide truckloads of content, but it's really context that rules.

Why Include Scenarios?

I like this article! Hey -- in business we are constantly having to educate people about our product or service. So here's an idea for you -- use scenarios in your presentations to get everyone involved in on-the-spot learning. Providing someone an experience of your company, product, service builds instant connection, rapport, and transfers knowledge.

The author has a terrific diagram in the article about creating scenarios along with lots of great links.

Now if you are a trainer, scenarios are not new to you, but I bet you will find the info and links shared here a valuable resource!

Thanks @IdeaLearningGroup for sending me this link :)

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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