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The Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Next Generation of Business Leaders | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying. So what’s next? Learning to code and “lean startups.” Accelerators are the new b-school.

 

There’s just one problem though.

 

While creating a product and starting a company have never been easier, building and sustaining a business have never been harder. And lean is not everything. That means business education has never been more important. But first, both b-schools and companies need to learn some new tricks.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Though I don't like statements such as one "must" and companies "have to", I believe that the overall view is correct. The world's changing, business environment is changing as well. New leadership skills are required that were not taught in public schools at all but neither at business schools yet.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:37 PM

MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying.

Robin Martin's comment, May 1, 2013 12:40 PM
Wow...will we ever find the real "balance?"
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's comment, May 1, 2013 6:12 PM
Hmm, finding the real "balance"?? The illusive goal!
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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

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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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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 12:43 PM

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, 12:08 PM

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?

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Using Personal Stories + Adding Suspense to Biz Presentations

Using Personal Stories + Adding Suspense to Biz Presentations | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:56 PM

In this free podcast, story guru Annette Simmons interviews Jane Praeger who used to deliver media training to clients. During the interview Jane talks about her transition to storytelling and how she now works with stories with clients.


There's a great story shared, and a terrific clip to watch. Praeger talks about the use of suspense and suprise to keep people engaged with your story.


There's good stuff here! I hope you enjoy it and learn lots :) 


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

Gordon Diver's curator insight, December 14, 2013 3:46 PM

Nice look at making your content personal and interesting

Krista Finstad-Milion's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:07 AM

The best stories come from paying close attention to the field which require listening and the capacity to capture moments of truth. This video seems to demonstrate these strengths in an authentic way.  

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Storytelling workshop for teachers - The New Indian Express

Storytelling workshop for teachers - The New Indian Express | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
The New Indian Express
Storytelling workshop for teachers
The New Indian Express
We all enjoy stories. Even as adults we pursue them through the varied expressions of music, art and films.
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The Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Next Generation of Business Leaders | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying. So what’s next? Learning to code and “lean startups.” Accelerators are the new b-school.

 

There’s just one problem though.

 

While creating a product and starting a company have never been easier, building and sustaining a business have never been harder. And lean is not everything. That means business education has never been more important. But first, both b-schools and companies need to learn some new tricks.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
michaelpohl360's insight:

Though I don't like statements such as one "must" and companies "have to", I believe that the overall view is correct. The world's changing, business environment is changing as well. New leadership skills are required that were not taught in public schools at all but neither at business schools yet.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:37 PM

MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are saying.

Robin Martin's comment, May 1, 2013 12:40 PM
Wow...will we ever find the real "balance?"
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's comment, May 1, 2013 6:12 PM
Hmm, finding the real "balance"?? The illusive goal!
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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
On the art of moving words that move people.

"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up t
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Speaker and Storyteller - Dawn J. Fraser

Speaker and Storyteller Dawn J. Fraser presents to college audiences nationwide of the role of stories in leadership. For more information, please visit: htt...
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Communication Strategies for Executives at Growing Businesses

Communication Strategies for Executives at Growing Businesses | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

Four executive communication strategies that can build trust and transparency within an organization, and offer insight about its team.

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Concise Storytelling for Leaders Video

Concise Storytelling for Leaders Video | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
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 3:44 PM
I agree Annette! It would be a wonderful and enriching experience.
Flutura Decision Sciences & Analytics's comment, March 9, 2013 7:53 AM
Thanks Karen ... this was a brilliant share ... changed my perspective dramatically ...Keep them coming
Karen Dietz's comment, March 10, 2013 2:20 PM
Thank you Derick! So glad you found it helpful and I will keep 'em coming :))
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Effective storytelling for business

Effective storytelling for business | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

As content takes its rightful place at the forefront of marketing, I'm seeing many marketers fail at basic storytelling.

 

Marketers are ineffective when they use the classic "customer testimonial" format and pop that onto their blog or make it into a video. "Here’s our product. It is great. Here are customers who say it is great. Now buy some of our product." This just doesn't hold people's attention.

 

How interesting would a book or movie be were it to have this plot?:
Boy meets girl.
They fall in love.
They get married.

 

That's what most people do with their business writing.

 

Effective storytelling

The best stories drip with conflict. They have a hero and sometimes a villain. There is a story arc. As a writing teacher once told me: "Writing without conflict is propaganda."


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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's comment, February 19, 2013 10:24 AM
Ok, thank you, I'll retry later :)
Jeff Domansky's comment, February 19, 2013 1:27 PM
Seems to be working now Ignacio.
Two Pens's curator insight, February 19, 2013 11:30 PM

All business have conflict: lack of sales, poor service, employee malaise... 

The issue is often that management doesn't want to talk about the negative but you have to have a hellish situation in order to make a story compelling. 

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Bill Harley Explains Why Technology Cannot Replace In-Person Storytelling -- for anyone

Bill Harley, a Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awa...

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Laurence Roelants's comment, February 8, 2013 5:59 AM
This was magic! thanks!!
Elsemiek Meijs's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:09 AM

Wow! Please take 13 minutes and forget everything else.

streetsmartprof's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:17 AM

Make sure to read the insight by Karen Dietz, the 1st one posted.

 

This is well worth 13 minutes. They say time stands still during a good story. Look at your watch after Bill understands the boy in the back of the room, you may be surprised...

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Power of Being Heard, Empathy, Understanding and Research

How does it feel to be understood?  What is involved in empathy? How quickly do impressions of others form? What is the connection between empathy and emotional contagion? How do we come to understand each other?  What does research have to share that can help us with these questions? The four resources below help answer these questions – questions that connect to our story work and the relationships we seek to build.

The Power of Being Heard

How can we best provide an experience of being heard to groups of people sharing stories about their lives in conflict-resolution programs?  “When it comes to intergroup conflict, the group with less power benefits more from sharing its perspective,” reports Anne Trafton in The Power of Being Heard.  Last year, a group of MIT neuroscientists found that if a traditionally dominant group listened to stories of a less dominant group there were greater benefits than when the reverse occurred...

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Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com

Business Story-Telling - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
Effective leaders use stories to inspire their teams and sell their ideas. Read our story-telling tips and learn how to use this powerful leadership tool.
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Far from some sophisticated approaches and consulting-led organizational storytelling, this condensed article shows how stories work in business. Based on the great book from Annette Simmons ("The Story Factor") it teaches some stories every leader must be able to tell.

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Thomas Wooldridge's comment, April 11, 2013 11:54 AM
I love this story approach because it is so much effective than having a one way communication sales pitch. I wrote about his in my blog as well http://thomaswooldridge.com/blog-2/business-story-telling-promoting-your-business-in-an-interesting-way/
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
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Presentation Excellence -- How To Guide

Every one of us has a natural presenter type, and there are six of them: Storyteller, Counselor, Coach, Teacher, Producer, Inventor. If you can understand yo...

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Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, April 8, 11:43 PM

Claves importantes para hablar y exponer en público.

Johani Karonen's curator insight, April 9, 3:20 AM

Excellence through some self analysis and good advice!

Theophilus's curator insight, April 9, 9:53 AM

Some good insights shared here on the best options to employ when presenting. An amateur, it is said, when asked to speak, first thinks about what will be said, while a professional asks, "Who is my audience?".

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The Best Storytelling Tips for Bloggers and Biz Folks

The Best Storytelling Tips for Bloggers and Biz Folks | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
A well-written blog post is like a good story. It makes us feel that we are right there with the blogger. It can teach us things—about life, or work, or making our way in the world. It can make us ...

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Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:01 AM

Estupendos consejos para escribir artículos en el blog

Don Breedwell's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:46 PM

We can use this in the classroom everyday.

Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, January 21, 11:25 AM

Some good ideas on blogging.

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SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES???

SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES??? | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
From structure and plot to heroes and characters, your story must have everything in place if it's to connect with the reader. Follow our guide to storytelling success.

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:48 AM

Great graph and a way to geet your story told

Vnay Thoke's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:17 AM

Perfect for amatuer writers.

Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:38 AM

Nice infographic

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Why your brain loves music [& stories]

Why your brain loves music [& stories] | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.

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Karen Goldfarb Copywriter's curator insight, May 3, 2013 1:18 PM

We are always trying to work out where the music or copywriting / story is heading, and enjoy the journey even if we're wrong. "There is pleasure even in being deceived."

Mirjana Podvorac's curator insight, May 4, 2013 2:08 PM

Some new research on some things teachers have known and used for a long time.

Nimah Nirvanova's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:27 AM

brainy fun

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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 3:13 PM
Right on, I call it THE BIG WHY.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 10, 2013 2:22 PM
Love it Marty!
Leaders Online's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:48 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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Storytelling für gelungene Präsentationen

Storytelling für gelungene Präsentationen | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
Eine Präsentation aufgebaut wie eine Geschichte, mit einer guten Balance von inhaltlicher Tiefe und Unterhaltung, wirkt auf den Menschen inspirierend.
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Endlich mal eine gelungene Beschreibung von Storytelling auf deutsch.

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Never Lie About Who You Really Are

Never Lie About Who You Really Are | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
Your ability to stand up for your truth is a muscle, and the more you exercise it the stronger it gets.

Via Janice Tomich
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I like this article, it's not just about truth, but about authenticity. I believe that organizations need authentic leadership and leadership authenticity rather than trained techniques on how to lead. The strongest people I met in business where the ones that were true, real and authentic. And not just in business..

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How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool - Forbes

How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool - Forbes | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
Paul Smith I recently spoke to Paul Smith, who is a consumer research executive, keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and author of Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince, and Inspire (AMACOM Books, August,...
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Substantial article with good examples, clearly written

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5 Leadership Storytelling Tips to Inspire Your Team Forward

5 Leadership Storytelling Tips to Inspire Your Team Forward | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
67% of leaders and managers lack the communication and presentation skills they need. These five tips will help you master leadership storytelling.

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Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:20 PM

Involving the team in storytelling makes them want to make the story happen.

As Dean Hyers says:


"Storytelling doesn’t have to mean “telling” at all. By asking questions about where people are, where they want to be, and how they plan to get there, stories can be crafted in conversations and meetings, aligning everyone to convergent thinking with a story they helped create."

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Change Initiatives Failing? The New Leadership Paradigm Shift

Change Initiatives Failing? The New Leadership Paradigm Shift | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it
Change - Just Do It! Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was that easy?

 

Change by command is no longer a plausible method of implementing a change in an organization.


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Maya Mathias's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:05 AM

A more theoretical article than I'd normally post, but with some important distinctions between 3 different types of organizational change and how to manage them.

Lansana Gagny Sakho's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:41 AM

HE SHOULD READ THIS ARTICLE 

Lansana Gagny Sakho's comment, March 8, 2013 9:53 AM
Taff point is how to handle african context is very conservative putting change in place is like 'changing culture'
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5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein

5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein | Applied Storytelling. | Scoop.it

Ian Klein: "At a recent conference on transmedia, or multiplatform storytelling, Starlight Runner Entertainment CEO Jeff Gomez said that stories help us commune with things greater than ourselves."


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TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht - Steve Denning - Leadership Storytelling

Steve Denning is the author of the award-winning books, The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century (Jossey-Bas...
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