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Maya Angelou, Business Storytelling, and Being Human

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An interview with Maya Angelou.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 29, 7:55 AM

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


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


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


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


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


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

Halima Ozimova's curator insight, May 30, 11:53 PM

Warm Words about the passed CELEBRITY...

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She was an artist 

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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 9:43 AM

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


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


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


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

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, May 22, 9:08 AM

Karen,

 

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

michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 22, 11:39 PM

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

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Why tell stories at work? Here are 7 good reasons

Why tell stories at work? Here are 7 good reasons | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
And in life. This is for everyone and it's not about becoming a storyteller. Let that idea aside, focus on who and what you are, and practice sharing stories. #1 It will improve your communication ...

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 20, 4:49 AM

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

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

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

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Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. Here are 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 15, 4:31 PM

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


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


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


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

Abdou Sani Boukari's curator insight, April 16, 11:57 AM

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

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

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Capturing Wisdom With Storytelling

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Madelyn Blair’s company name Pelerei represents two root words that mean “lifting people up.”  She made up the name as a hidden reminder of who she is and why she is here.  Learn more about Madelyn’s books: "Riding the Current" and "Essays in Two Voices".


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 2, 5:40 PM

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Glenlivet Gets Up Close and Personal With Their "Single Stories" Banding Campaign | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Looking to mine authentic moments, the single malt brand shares personal stories from leading men, including Bryan Cranston, Ed Burns, and Andy Spade.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 23, 8:01 AM

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Gavin Meikle's curator insight, February 23, 11:57 PM

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

Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 10:13 AM
Excellent points Gavin!
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Story Listening: Getting work done & making a difference -- K. Dietz TEDx talk

Karen Dietz, owner of Just Story It, shares her recent TEDx talk on how to listen for stories that will help you/your business/your nonprofit make a difference in the world.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:48 PM

Hi Folks!


Many people have been asking me when my TEDx talk will be available and it's finally be posted for viewing.


During the presentation I not only talk a bit about my background and lessons I've learned about storytelling, but I also share a simply story listening process I learned years ago from storyteller Doug Lipman.


I use the process all the time in my work -- because it's so powerful, and because it is at the root of how work gets done, and how making a difference in the world really happens. Anyone can do this process and I encourage you to try it out.


I hope you enjoy this 15 minutes and begin to relate to stories in this way. Happy story listening!


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:25 AM

Inspiration on how to J"ust Story it" from the professional founder.

Karen Dietz's comment, December 2, 2013 11:04 AM
Thank you Monica!
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John Hagel: removing story in favor of narrative is dangerous advice

John Hagel: removing story in favor of narrative is dangerous advice | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Referring to 'The Untapped Potential of Corporate Narratives'. Narratives exist. We know they exist because of story. In the absence of story, there is nothing that helps us discern narratives and ...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:07 PM

And here is my amazing story work colleague Limor Shiponi from Israel chiming in with her input about Hagel's post where he distinguishes between story and narrative.


As Limor says, narrative without story is not much. Read her insightful comments. More learning learning learning is going on and this is a great discussion.


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Data Overwhelm: Tell Better Stories Instead

Data Overwhelm: Tell Better Stories Instead | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Storytelling in business is the only way we can derive meaning from the cacophony of communication that fills our lives.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 26, 2013 8:53 AM

This is a great inforgraphic and the blog post has a powerful message to go along with it. With people overwhelmed with data and information, help them sort through it by sharing stories instead. That's what creates meaning. And trust. And better communications.


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Cilian Fennell's comment, September 27, 2013 3:40 AM
Excellent. I was just thinking about this last week- http://www.cilianfennell.com/storytelling/
Karen Dietz's comment, September 27, 2013 9:03 AM
Fabulous Cilian. Glad it is making the rounds. Thanks for the comment and link!
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Creating a Company Vision Story

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Do you have a vision of where your company will be in three years? In five? 10? Here’s a sure-fire way to get clear about the future you want.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:25 AM

A must read. Fabulous article

Karen Dietz's comment, September 11, 2013 5:54 PM
How cool Linda! That must have been a real treat. And thank you Freddy and Ali for your comments.
Debra Walker's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:30 PM

Visioning is critical for ensuring everyone in the organization can "see" the orgn in the future.  Stories are powerful!

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Want To Get Ahead? Stop Talking And Listen for Better Stories.

Want To Get Ahead? Stop Talking And Listen for Better Stories. | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Yes you have tons of exciting things to say. But you can't learn something new without listening.

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I agree with Karin I think we're almost forgotten how to really listen. Quote: f you're listening--like, for real listening, not waiting to talk--then you'll experience this other person who also experiences reality. Unquote. It just to be normal. 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:47 AM

I love this piece because it's not about saying "just shut up," it focuses instead on what happens when you do stop talking! Now that's refreshing.


Story listening is a skill to develop, just as much as story telling is. Learning how to evoke stories from others is critical as an influence strategy that cascades into all types of business applications -- from leadership to sales to marketing, training, hiring, and product innovation.


This article by Drake Baer reminds us the gifts from others that silence brings. And he includes very practical advice for being silent. Yeah!


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

Annette Simmons's comment, August 9, 2013 6:59 AM
Oh my yes!
Karen Dietz's comment, August 9, 2013 9:49 AM
Great point Hans. I think both Annette and I are behind you 100%!
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Storytelling Tips for Leaders - No. 1 Spotting Stories

http://www.anecdote.com/StorytellingForLeaders You can't get the benefits of storytelling without telling stories. So the first step is getting good at spott...

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Marty Koenig's comment, March 9, 2013 12:13 PM
Right on, I call it THE BIG WHY.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 10, 2013 11:22 AM
Love it Marty!
Leaders Online's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:48 AM

Om je visie als leider goed over te kunnen brengen is een goede story belangrijk - on- en offline! Hier een paar handige tips om in de gaten te hebben of je het eigenlijk wel een verhaal is - of alleen een promotie-praatje...

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Concise Storytelling for Leaders Video

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JD Schramm, Stanford GSB lecturer in organizational behavior and director of the Mastery in Communication Initiative, presents this workshop specifically des...

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Karen Dietz's comment, March 2, 2013 12:44 PM
I agree Annette! It would be a wonderful and enriching experience.
Flutura Decision Sciences & Analytics's comment, March 9, 2013 4:53 AM
Thanks Karen ... this was a brilliant share ... changed my perspective dramatically ...Keep them coming
Karen Dietz's comment, March 10, 2013 11:20 AM
Thank you Derick! So glad you found it helpful and I will keep 'em coming :))
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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 9:43 AM

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


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


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


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

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, May 22, 9:08 AM

Karen,

 

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

michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 22, 11:39 PM

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

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Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data

Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Access the unconscious mind, where choices are really made.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 19, 12:50 PM

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


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


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


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

Richard Lock's curator insight, May 20, 6:28 AM

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

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

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A case study of a swimwear company.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 11:45 PM

What would your change story be?

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, April 30, 10:28 PM

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


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

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 2, 5:49 AM

love this!

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Capturing Wisdom With Storytelling

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Madelyn Blair’s company name Pelerei represents two root words that mean “lifting people up.”  She made up the name as a hidden reminder of who she is and why she is here.  Learn more about Madelyn’s books: "Riding the Current" and "Essays in Two Voices".


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 2, 5:40 PM

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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What Are Insights? Business Story Secrets

An insight is NOT an observation - it explains why, rather than just observing that people do something. Is a new Point of View that’s immediately recogniza...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 1, 1:03 PM

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


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


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


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


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3 Innovative 2014 Leadership Trends featuring Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering, B Corporation leader

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What innovative leadership methods are being taught in business schools and implemented by CEOs in 2014? Here are three: 1) unlocking hidden strengths, 2) giving second chances and 3) implementing democracy.
 

Excerpts:
 

1. Unlocking hidden strengths


A good example …is in the leadership style of Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb. "He draws on individuals' strengths in a way that is firm yet deferential and open," White says. "He's able to be collaborative but is also clear in his directions."

 

 

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… it hasn't been easy…{but] guess what? …it made our culture more positive throughout...

and it turns out to be good for business."
   

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2. Giving second chances
 

Fred Keller, founder and CEO of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based plastics manufacturing company Cascade Engineering, has led his multimillion-dollar business based on a quote from 18th-century theologian and social reformer John Wesley: "Do all the good you can."
       

Cascade is the largest manufacturing business certified as a B Corporation, which means it has made a commitment to solving social and environmental problems and meets a lengthy set of performance, accountability, and transparency standards.

      

Keller and Cascade's signature program is "Welfare to Career," where the company brings aboard people who have been on government assistance for long periods. Keller says the program has saved the state of Michigan millions of dollars by getting people off the welfare rolls.

     

… it hasn't been easy…{but] guess what? …it made our culture more positive throughout for everyone. And it turns out to be good for business."



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….. our employees feel like they contribute more than they ever did at other companies and are a part of a big story."

    

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3. Implementing democracy


Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO of project-management software company Clarizen, says the command-and-control style of leadership popular in decades past doesn't work for today's business environment. "People want a voice, people want to participate, and this requires democratic principles," he says.


….. our employees feel like they contribute more than they ever did at other companies and are a part of a big story."

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 31, 1:08 PM

These three stories illustrate the changing nature of leadership from the last millennium.  Highly engineered, inflexible, bureaucratic systems are giving way to more systemic, humanistic systems with emphasis on strengths, community and national values, vs. the tunnel vision values of the profit focus of the last century.   ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 31, 9:16 PM

The largest B Corporation in the USA is Frank Keller's company, Cascade Engineering.

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9 Clips of Leaders Sharing All Kinds of Biz Stories

9 Clips of Leaders Sharing All Kinds of  Biz Stories | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
When business leaders start building their business storytelling skills it can help a lot to see how other business leaders tell business stories.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:58 PM

My biz story colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia has put together a terrific list of leaders telling all kinds of different business stories. It's a wonderful collection for the following reasons:


  1. Each story is a different kind
  2. Each leader tells their story/stories in their own authentic style
  3. Some are stories, some are short anecdotes
  4. Polished presentations aren't around -- just honest sharing
  5. They all make an impact


Leaders sharing stories is one of the best ways to observe that all kinds of stories can make a difference. There are certainly times when a leader has to stand a deliver a well crafted finely honed story. But in daily life, leaders share stories in all kinds of ways. And that's what this collection shows.


I really like how in the text Callahan also gives us the place stories are told in some of the longer videos. That way we can skip through them and get to the storytelling.


I know I enjoyed listening to these leaders and not seeing cookie-cutter telling. I hope you enjoy them also. And find additional uses for them.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:29 PM

The social web is helping to make many business leaders story tellers. If you need help with your Biz story I would contact Karen at http://www.juststoryit.com/

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Forget writing out your biz stories! The art of storytelling

Forget writing out your biz stories! The art of storytelling | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
When leaders first learn about business storytelling quite often their first instinct is to write their stories down, in full with all the flourish they hope to convey in the retelling.
This is a mistake.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:12 AM

What a great post from colleague Shawn Callahan about most people's tendency to want to write out their business stories and the advice to NOT do so.


What??!! Yes. Resist this temptation. Callahan explains why and what to do instead. Follow his advice. And if you absolutely must write down your stories -- do so and them set it aside. Scripted stories and sounding like a robot are not allowed! 


All really good storytellers know the limitations of writing down their stories. So keep building your improv storytelling skills for maximum results.


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Marty Koenig's curator insight, October 5, 2013 2:47 PM

This is key. The hard part is learning how an entrepreneur becomes a great story teller. 

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Dealing With Change & The Value Of Stories

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"We are vehemently faithful to our own view of the world, our story. We want to know what new story we’re stepping into before we exit the old one. We don’t want an exit if we don’t know exactly where it is going to take us, even – or perhaps especially – in an emergency. This is so, I hasten to add, whether we are patients or psychoanalysts."


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Esther Coronel De Iberkleid's comment, August 10, 2013 5:59 PM
Great article SHAWN COYNE! Thank you very much. Even though it is difficult for anyone to say what he would have done in an emergency situation like 9/11 since the emotions have to be felt to fire the engine and take any action, it is very interesting to still reflect and think about these type of situations for sure. What I believe is the most important thing for us human beings is to understand the value of life more than the value of things. Wealth is related with that fact, because wealth is related to freedom, love, compassion and understanding of the purpose of our own life
Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 4, 2013 1:27 PM

Many thanks to fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this article! 


I'm working with an organizaiton right  now in the throws of huge change on multiple levels. It is a wild time and helping them find, frame, and share their stories is just beginning.


This article is a terrific place to start for thinking about the stories people need to hear when facing change. And the story shared in the post is powerful indeed.


In fact, this article fits very nicely into another recent article I posted by Rafe Martin on the importance of folklore and stories. Stories -- specifically folk tales -- help us respond to change, providing mental structures and pathways for us to follow when change happens.


As we all know, change is constant. Storytelling is a huge help. I hope you gain lots of great insights from this article and it gets you thinking about your next steps.


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

Krista Finstad-Milion's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:21 AM

The Kübler-Ross Change curve is a tool you can store in your back pocket and pull our to help others get on with what is essential. You can also use it to coach yourself through the challenges of dealing with changes beyond your control.  In the ICN Executive MBA change management module, we combine this tool with others such as story-telling in a co-learning approach.

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Taming The Last 10%: Finishing Meaningful Work & the Role of Stories

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Struggling to complete that big work project painting or manuscript These inspiring tips from creative masters Shakespeare and less likely sources...

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Not every lesson in life can be learned--some have to be lived.

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Annette Simmons's comment, August 21, 2013 9:53 AM
Perfect. I use historical stories and autobiographies the same way. I like fairy tales that haven't had the wisdom altered out of them as well. Thanks for the links!
Karen Dietz's comment, August 21, 2013 5:37 PM
Great points Kristen! And I agree with you too Annette. "Sanitized" fairy tales really don't do us much good.
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Curiosity & Storytelling: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead

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Great leaders are able to ask superior questions to achieve great results. If you have all the answers, new ideas & creative solutions may get lost.

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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:20 AM

It is all in the question.

Karen Dietz's comment, March 18, 2013 6:59 PM
So true Renee and I spend quite a bit of time with clients on the 'art of the question.'
ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 11:04 AM

We are talking about being in the Learning Mode rather than the Knowing Mode.

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Wrapped up in a Book: The Role of Emotional Engagement in Reading -- & Storytelling!

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Have you ever gotten lost in the pages of a good book? If so, you may have been more empathetic afterward. According to new research published in PLOS ONE, reading fiction may affect the reader’s empathetic skills over a period of time.


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Karen Dietz's comment, March 2, 2013 12:42 PM
I agreed Fred. And yes Miklos, I love it when what we know to be true is validated by research.
Kala's comment, March 4, 2013 7:08 AM
A big thank you for your overall curation work about storytelling! You are the very first one I see doing it so "intelligently", with real added-value :)
Karen Dietz's comment, March 5, 2013 10:26 AM
Thank you so much Kala! You have made my day :)