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Leading Next Level Change With Emotional Intelligence and Storytelling

Leading Next Level Change With Emotional Intelligence and Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Leverage the science of emotional intelligence to guide change and facilitate better mindful adaptation.
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Change is a constant these days and only speeding up. So how do you weather change, and experience positive business results through the process?

 

More and more business leaders and researchers are pointing to Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as the key. What is less recognized is how storytelling plays a significant role in developing EQ and going through the process of any kind of change successfully.

 

This post shares the 3 essential ways EQ is important during change efforts. For each of these 3, one powerful method to use is storytelling -- because all change is storytelling via conversations. It's a real way to operationalize the 3 ways EQ works during change:

 

  • Storytelling helps access and practice EQ in real time in real work.
  • Storytelling generates social awareness where people can become more comfortable with the new realities via compassion and empathy.
  • Storytelling sets up the collaborative co-creation of successful change because storytelling itself is a co-created experience.

 

There are many more great points this article makes about EQ and change that every leader needs to know about. Enjoy!

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Why Story Triggers Are Important (and how to use them): Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive For 

Why Story Triggers Are Important (and how to use them): Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive For  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Pithy priorities are more memorable.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

There's a part of the business story universe called "Story Triggers". These are short 6-word-or-less phrases that trigger the memory of a story inside someone.

 

Why is this desirable? Because it saves time, and actually works with how our brain is wired. The brain loves simple simple simple.

 

This is a fab article on how to craft these kinds of triggers. What the article doesn't talk about are the stories behind the triggers. So here goes:

  1. Tell a meaningful story that positively reinforces or conveys an important principle for your organization. This is more likely one of your Values In Action stories (how someone lived one of your company's values).
  2. Use the tips in this article to craft a 1, 2, or 3-word phrase that reminds people of the story (a story trigger).
  3. In conversation, use the trigger: "Hey, remember "Wolf"?

 

Have fun with t his one. It's powerful.

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NEUROSCIENCE, LEADERSHIP, AND STORYTELLING 

NEUROSCIENCE, LEADERSHIP, AND STORYTELLING  | Just Story It | Scoop.it

“Emerging findings in neuroscience research suggest why inspiring and supportive relationships are important — they help activate openness to new ideas and a more social orientation to others.”

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

“Emerging findings in neuroscience research suggest why inspiring and supportive relationships are important — they help activate openness to new ideas and a more social orientation to others,” says the author of this article on the neuroscience of leadership.

 

What's the connection to storytelling? Storytelling is how you build these relationships and activate openness to new ideas, etc. In fact, storytelling is the #1 method for realizing all 3 points listed below.

 

When you read this article, you will learn about how findings in neuroscience are revolutionizing leadership in areas like,

  1. Building resonant relationships
  2. Impacts of emotional contagion and empathy
  3. Stimulating socialness and engagement through the Positive Emotional Attractor (PEA)

 

Insights such as these move us away from the much-touted “results orientation” leadership to a “relationship orientation” leadership.

 

Bottom line: research shows that for change to occur (personal or organizational) leaders need to: 1. arouse the PEA first; and 2. arouse the PEA sufficiently such that it is about three to six times more frequent in the discussions than the Negative Emotional Attractors. Good to know.

 

Learn about all of these -- what they mean and their implications for successful leadership -- in this review of scholarly articles. Love the citations :)

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Frameworks -- Using Story to Change Systems 

Frameworks -- Using Story to Change Systems  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

OMG, what a great article by writer Ella Saltmarshe on the power of storytelling for change.

 

She makes 3 frames for business stories: stories as light, stories as glue, and stories as web. When you frame stories like this, it becomes a lot easier to leverage them for any kind of change effort.

 

Saltmarshe goes into detail with the 3 frames so readers come away with a more in-depth understanding of how the 3 work. Within the 3 frames are additional subsets.

 

The article is published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, so you know the post has got substance. This is a powerful post you won't want to miss.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 26, 10:51 AM

OMG, what a great article by writer Ella Saltmarshe on the power of storytelling for change.

 

She makes 3 frames for business stories: stories as light, stories as glue, and stories as web. When you frame stories like this, it becomes a lot easier to leverage them for any kind of change effort.

 

Saltmarshe goes into detail with the 3 frames so readers come away with a more in-depth understanding of how the 3 work. Within the 3 frames are additional subsets.

 

The article is published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, so you know the post has got substance. This is a powerful post you won't want to miss.

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You Think You Are Inspiring? Not Really According To Research. 5 Ways To Be A More Inspiring Leader  

You Think You Are Inspiring? Not Really According To Research. 5 Ways To Be A More Inspiring Leader   | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Your ability to be an incredible leader depends on your ability to be inspiring. This is also the biggest skill leaders say they lack and want to build. So how do you do that? The biggest mistake leaders make is thinking being inspiring is about telling an inspiring story.  Yes and no. Let's dig int
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

These are eye-popping stats based on solid research about the sorry state of leadership these days. 70% of leaders think they are inspiring. 82% of employees think NOT.

 

OK, that means you, dear leader. The biggest mistake leaders make is that they think sharing an inspiring story does the trick. Hardly.

 

So my recent blog post shares about what to do to close this disastrous gap. I discuss 5 ways to become more inspiring. Which do you need to focus on?

 

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, February 13, 11:12 AM

Your thoughts?  Can you train to be inspiring?

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 14, 7:02 PM

These are eye-popping stats based on solid research about inspiring leaders. 70% of leaders think they are inspiring. 82% of employees think NOT.

 

OK, that means you, dear leader. The biggest mistake leaders make is that they think sharing an inspiring vision or story does the trick. Hardly.

 

So my recent blog post shares about what to do to close this disastrous gap. I discuss 5 ways to become more inspiring. Which do you need to focus on?

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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20 Worst Pieces of Advice on Influence Skills -- Ever 

20 Worst Pieces of Advice on Influence Skills -- Ever  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Here's a list/rant about all the crappy advice I've heard from "presentation gurus" over th
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Truly, these are the worst pieces of advice ever given on presentation and influence skills.

Read this list and if you are doing any of them, stop.

 

And remember, if you are authentically sharing your stories, most of these 20 become worthless really fast.

 

Thank you, Dave Mac, for writing such a great piece. Hear me clapping, and laughing.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 11, 8:44 AM

I agree that most of these should be abandoned but they are more for speakers than influence busting in business.

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Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery

Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Leadership is so much more than a hierarchical role. It is how we courageously and authentically show up to serve all those we touch. Real leadership involves inspiring people at all levels to serve something much bigger than themselves.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

This post by Kevin Cashman at Korn Ferry discusses the 8 pathways to leadership mastery. He makes the point early on that we personally tend to measure leadership mastery by external items: revenue, profit, new product breakthroughs, cost savings, and market share, etc. All good.

 

But the core question is: where do the external results come from? From internal factors within the leader that must be mastered.

 

To answer that question, research ensued and 3 internal competencies emerged:

  1. Courage and authenticity (to include vulnerability, openness, integrity)
  2. Influence (communicating in ways that inspires others)
  3. Enduring value creation serving multiple groups (self, team, org, family, society, world)

 

Building these 3 competencies means walking 8 paths. Four of these paths involve storytelling skills: 

  1. Personal mastery: courage, authenticity, awareness -- being courageous and vulnerable to share your authentic stories; using your own stories for personal awareness and development
  2. Story mastery: leading with inspiration -- by sharing your stories, and sharing the stories of others
  3. Purpose mastery: leading with why -- the best way to share the "why" is through a story. Sharing stories of others fulfilling org/personal purpose and their "why"
  4. Being mastery: leading with presence -- storytelling isn't the only element to building presence, but it is a key one. Modeling who you are through the stories you tell and the actions you take is powerful.

 

Read the post for the other 4 paths (all great info and insights!) and start putting a plan together for 2018. You'll be glad you did.

 

Sign up for my newsletter for updates about my 2018 Story Strategy session.

 

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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Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 11, 8:47 AM

Story telling is most effective when it is truthful, authentic and compassionate about the affect on others as well as the company. Too many times story telling is taught as a form of manipulation and that is the furthest from what it is all about.

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One Solution for 5 Areas In The Big Data Divide

One Solution for 5 Areas In The Big Data Divide | Just Story It | Scoop.it
...For Moving The Needle Forward in All 5 Areas of The Data Gap Below is the infographic on the common areas CIOs say is hindering them from gaining bigger results from big data. Yet there is a single skillset common to all five of these critical areas for technology leaders. That skill set is narra
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

In this post you can download the infographic about the data divide, and what CIOs say is in the gap preventing actionable insights from happening. These are:

  1. Lack of analytics skills
  2. The talent wars
  3. Trouble building high performing teams/culture
  4. Poor communication
  5. Weaker influence skills

 

I offer one solution that can move the needle forward in all give areas, along with additional action steps.

 

Download the infographic and read the post for ideas/action steps.

 

I trust you'll find these helpful.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 10, 2017 6:57 PM

In this post you can download the infographic about the data divide, and what CIOs say is in the gap preventing actionable insights from happening. These are:

  1. Lack of analytics skills
  2. The talent wars
  3. Trouble building high performing teams/culture
  4. Poor communication
  5. Weaker influence skills

 

I offer one solution that can move the needle forward in all give areas, along with additional action steps.

 

Download the infographic and read the post for ideas/action steps.

 

I trust you'll find these helpful.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling

Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
It's been a wild ride coaching and training leaders in business
storytelling. Over the years, here are the 11 amazing ROIs I've received as
a business storyteller. You will receive these same gives as you too,
master business storytelling.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Of course, there are hard and soft ROIs your business will experience with business storytelling.

 

But hardly anyone talks about the ROIs you will personally gain from mastering business storytelling. So I spent some time putting this blog post together, talking just about these benefits.

 

Dig in here and see what is possible for you. You may be surprised!

 

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

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Your Leadership, Storytelling and The Power of Meaning

Your Leadership, Storytelling and The Power of Meaning | Just Story It | Scoop.it

What makes life meaningful for you?

Writer Emily Esfahani Smith has dedicated her latest book to answering that question, and an entire chapter to the role of storytelling. She interviewed our Artistic Director, Catherine Burns, to learn about the story crafting process.

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's what I like about this post -- it shares a true story about how transformative telling your story can be.

 

The premise of the article is to talk about the book The Power Of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith, which I just bought. Both the story and the book explain how being coached in telling your stories can radically change your world.

 

I've experienced this with every single coaching client I've worked with since I began coaching leaders in storytelling in 2001.

 

Go read the post so you can understand why, then story on!

 

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

 

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Pre-suasion and change: is this real? 

Pre-suasion and change: is this real?  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Every leader faces the challenge of leading their organization through change. To beat the high odds of failure during change, Dr. Robert Cialdini offers these insights for how leaders can "pre-suade" those they lead to commit to the journey of change.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

If you click through to the actual article you will notice the headline is: "4 Ways Leaders 'Pre-suade" Others To Follow Them Through Difficult Change"

 

Sounds like info you don't want to miss! But what is "pre-suasion" anyway? It's a new term from influence guru Robert Cialdini. But what does it really mean??

 

Hard to tell from this post. What I see is that at its core, it's about knowing the dynamics of storytelling and story sharing. For example, one of the 4 ways in this post is honest conversations about the ups and downs of the proposed change -- as a way to build credibility for your vision. In reality, that's both storytelling, story evoking, and story listening. Not that the post or Cialdini recognizes the full dynamic.

 

The rest of the "ways" are familiar -- except for #3: timing is everything. That's a cool little piece of info about when in the year/quarter/month/week to launch a change effort that I'm going to add into my toolkit.

 

Bottom line: "pre-suasion" is new jargon. But linking storytelling to change is much more complicated than the article suggests. Based on my years of experience with org change, I have written articles about storytelling + change, and have a chart that goes along with it. If you are interested in both, go to my webpage and send me an email making the request: http://www.juststoryit.com/contact/

 

Change is a constant -- let's learn how to really use the dynamics of storytelling to ease our way through it.

 

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

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 23, 2017 6:45 AM

The important part of this list is #4, find a common ground, because without it change will fail.

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Storytelling & Leadership: Ways Through The Authenticity Paradox

Storytelling & Leadership: Ways Through The Authenticity Paradox | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

The author of this HBR article, Herminia Ibarra, makes some very good points about authenticity and leadership -- and how getting stuck in your story can hinder your rise in the ranks.

 

Being authentic in your storytelling is critical. But there are elements to be aware of.

 

Ibarra talks about how to navigate authenticity and its relationship to leadership growth. It's a very thorough discussion with lots of insights about the problem and suggested solutions. I know you will get a lot out of this evergreen post.

 

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

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Storytelling battles and healing a divided America

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basi
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The stories told in this US election were at a fever pitch and we all found ourselves in a battle -- not just disagreement. No matter what you political views are, this TED talk clear explains how ALL individuals can move forward. 

 

This is a profound lesson in leadership storytelling and influence.

 

Here's what I know -- being stuck in being "right", being stuck in your position, won't do a darn thing for you or anyone else except make you more right and everyone else wrong. That's where we get to feel superior, judgemental, prideful, and arrogant. It's the breeding ground of hatred and racism.

 

The personal consequences are steep: power struggles, fighting, pain, distance, and anger/hatred in relationships. Add to that feeling personally deadened, tense, unhappy, imprisoned, used, frustrated, angry, hopeless, or victimized.

 

Yes, stand up for what you believe -- but don't let yourself be a brick wall.

 

We have other choices as Jonathan Haidt lays out. There is "right" on both sides. What I particularly love is Haidt explaining the human psychological and cultural movements that brought us to today. And what to do about it. 

 

You may not be ready today to watch this -- so save it for tomorrow. But do watch it.

 

Think about how you personally want to be these next 4 years. Choose wisely.

 

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

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I Tried No PowerPoint at My Company--and It Actually Worked. Meaningful narratives were a result. 

I Tried No PowerPoint at My Company--and It Actually Worked. Meaningful narratives were a result.  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
How Jeff Bezos and Amazon use memos to make meetings more productive and how companies can adopt the same practice to achieve similar results.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Every meeting, status update, or presentation does not require a PowerPoint presentation. Here's a post that proves that point.

 

This brave soul (Founder of Acceleration Partners) decided to follow in the footsteps of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who has outlawed PPTs in that company. In both cases, it's worked!

 

In this post, ready how Robert Glazer implemented the "no PPT" rule and the outstanding results that happened. You'll want to do the same soon.

 

Where does storytelling fit in? In result #4 -- strategic thinking. Deeper and more meaningful narratives about what was actually going on organically emerged. Better decisions were the outcome.

 

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Places for Storytelling: How Warby Parker Makes Every Its Employee Lifecycle Extraordinary 

Places for Storytelling: How Warby Parker Makes Every Its Employee Lifecycle Extraordinary  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Warby Parker is known for being a wonderful place to work. Here, Co-founder Dave Gilboa breaks down exactly how they've constructed this culture.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

One of the challenges in business storytelling is translating it into everyday work. Warby Parker has figured out how to apply storytelling to 5 phases in its employee life-cycle, which is one area to apply business storytelling. 

 

The article may not mention storytelling directly in each phase, but in the discussion, it will become obvious to you that storytelling plays a part -- either in sharing stories or sparking story creation.

 

Now...given these examples, what ideas get sparked for story applications in your company?

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Stories: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. | Just Story It | Scoop.it

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember his legacy as told by StoryCorps participants.

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I received this email today from Story Corp with these short (1.5 - 3 minutes) powerful stories, reminding us of the principles of freedom, equality, fairness, and community.

 

"On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember his legacy as told by StoryCorps participants.

 

Dion DiamondSimeon and Lawrence Cumberbatch, and Bessie and Taylor Rogers share their personal experiences with and inspired by the great Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Click on each name above (linked) to listen.

 

Recording and sharing stories like these is what StoryCorps does best. Thank you for listening.

Warmly,
Your Friends at StoryCorps"

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How To Master the Art of Influence 

How To Master the Art of Influence  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and research about being influential at work.

Via Daniel Watson, Dr. Karen Dietz
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Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

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According to Odean, success depends on whether you are able to persuade people to join you in your cause to create new and revolutionary things. I feel that this is true. Someone might have an extremely innovative idea, but no words to express himself. People would most likely scratch their heads in confusion by what this person says. However, another person may have a dumb idea, but package the idea so nicely that others think the idea is amazing. Although persuasion is such an important skill, schools do not educate students on how to be persuasive concisely. Instead, schools teach students to use windy evidences to strengthen their point. Using lengthy evidences will just confuse others and make them question you more. I feel that schools should also give some insights on how to have better speaking skills in order to persuade people easily. Such knowledge proves to be more useful for students when they grow up.
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 1:26 PM

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

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Understanding how the brain processes information to make decisions may influence the way you present information about your business.
 
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We Are All Human Beings -- Why Do So Many Managers Forget That? 

We Are All Human Beings -- Why Do So Many Managers Forget That?  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Tap into people’s need to feel connected.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

What a powerful piece from Harvard Business Review (HBR) with some astounding stats about the sorry state of leadership and management in organizations.

 

It's eye-opening

 

Businesses are confronted with enormous pressures these days to transform themselves digitally, find new business models, sources of revenue, and be innovative. It's going to be doubly hard to do so if your organization is experiencing any of what the HBR post is talking about.

 

But I also like the 4 ways the author discusses as ways to remedy the situation. Narrative skills increase #s 1, 3, and 4. Read it and then get your game on.

 

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, February 11, 8:41 AM

Totally agree with these insights. Many in leadership are deluded.

Chuck Bartok's curator insight, February 22, 10:54 AM
One thing that seems to be devoid of the halls of Business Management Academe is little focus on the Golden Rule. There truly is no entitlement mindset in management.
 A successful manager learns early on the input from their employees and active listening and applying an action to suggestions is an easier journey to success.
The Golden Rule applies so perfectly.
 
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Why Only 10 Percent of Businesses Have Embraced Storytelling 

Why Only 10 Percent of Businesses Have Embraced Storytelling  | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Why aren't more organizations using brand storytelling to engage customers? New research from Skyword might hold the answer.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

What a sorry state of affairs for leaders and organizations. The original title of this post is targeted to content marketers and CMOs. But when you read the post, you see it's really an indictment on storytelling and leadership for the entire organization, not just marketing!

 

And frankly, it follows my experience over the last 20 years. Tons of companies and leaders tout their storytelling. But it looks -- according to this article -- on all talk and little action. And they've got the research to prove it.

 

Why is storytelling not being adopted by organizations -- even though it is the one skill that can remedy at least 5 critical areas in business? As the research says, it's because:

  1. It's not part of the culture or mindset
  2. Storytelling is a new skill set
  3. It's not measured or documented

 

That is so accurate!

 

Want results in sales, employee engagement, an inspiring vision that people believe in, a Teflon culture, and incredible leadership? Then up your storytelling game and quit fooling around.

 

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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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 29, 9:54 AM

What a sorry state of affairs for leaders and organizations. The original title of this post is targeted to content marketers and CMOs. But when you read the post, you see it's really an indictment on storytelling and leadership for the entire organization, not just marketing!

 

And frankly, it follows my experience over the last 20 years. Tons of companies and leaders tout their storytelling. But it looks -- according to this article -- on all talk and little action. And they've got the research to prove it.

 

Why is storytelling not being adopted by organizations -- even though it is the one skill that can remedy at least 5 critical areas in business? As the research says, it's because:

  1. It's not part of the culture or mindset
  2. Storytelling is a new skill set
  3. It's not measured or documented

 

That is so accurate!

 

Want results in technology leadership, employee engagement, an inspiring vision that people believe in, a Teflon culture, and incredible leadership? Then up your storytelling game and quit fooling around.

 

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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The Power of Narratives: Why We Need More Than Facts to Change

The Power of Narratives: Why We Need More Than Facts to Change | Just Story It | Scoop.it
''You cannot take away someone's story without giving them a new one.''
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Why are skills in narrative practices and storytelling so critical for today's technology leaders?

 

Well, this post lays it out in straight -- sharing some important cognitive reasons why storytelling works. Like: "Stories are the means by which we navigate the world. They allow us to interpret its complex and contradictory signals."

 

OR -- "People may hold information in the form of data and figures, but their beliefs about it are held entirely in the form of stories."

 

AND -- when change occurs only when we replace the older story with another. 

 

Now, this post was written with politics in mind. But the truths remain the same. Simply substitute "technology" any time you see the word "politics".

 

Oh, and it might bring some clarity to today's political stories, too.

 

This review was originally published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 16, 2017 9:53 AM

Storytellers and bloggers can learn from this post. Recommended reading. 9/10

David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 2017 7:39 PM
Creative and inspiring directing and forth leading
Philippe Coll's curator insight, November 17, 2017 11:10 AM
Le pouvoir de la fiction. Cela peut être terrifiant.
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LUCK: The Science of Transformational Leadership with Storytelling

LUCK: The Science of Transformational Leadership with Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Some leaders make change look easy. While most strive to drive change through persuasion, they stoke our imaginations and inspire us to embrace daring new visions. How do they do it? Is there a secret formula or are they just lucky? The simple answer is yes. But their luck isn’t random. They create it from the inside out using a step-by-step process that anyone can learn. This article is the first installment of an ongoing series in which John Marshall Roberts will share this “secret formula” for becoming a transitional leader.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Original link: 

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/stakeholder_trends_insights/john_marshall_roberts/luck_science_transformational_leade

 

What does storytelling have to do with leadership -- especially transformational leadership? Well, here's the answer.

 

And storytelling skills are at the core of transformation. If you want to make a difference in the world -- no matter how large or small -- mastering storytelling is essential.

 

All 4 steps of the LUCK model are storytelling or story listening skills. To be successful, you've got to have both.

 

Enjoy this read and upping your game to make your world a better place.

 

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

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 1, 2017 5:21 PM

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Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling

Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling | Just Story It | Scoop.it
Think of the last time you were completely immersed in a particular activity. You lost track of time; your concentration was at its maximum; it was instantly clear what to do next and how; all the…
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a quick, but really good article on the significance of flow states and improved leadership.

 

What's a flow state? As the author Evan Sinar says, it's "total absorption in the task at hand; the task taking precedence over everything else, and actively working on the task itself becomes its own reward."

 

We've all had these types of experiences where we are 'in the zone' and we lose sense of time. Productivity and creativity soars when we are in a flow state.

 

Sinar discusses why flow states for leadership are important, companies who are focusing on this as part of their leadership development, and how to set up flow state experiences.

 

Here's my addition -- for years I've noticed that when a person is immersed in telling a story, it's actually inducing a little mini-flow state. The higher the risk (i.e. a big presentation), the more intense the flow state.

 

The more you develop your storytelling skills,  you are actually at the same time building your flow state muscles. The more you experience flow states, the easier it is to trigger them. 

 

Pretty neat, huh?

 

Story on and get into flow!

 

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

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 2017 7:42 PM
To be fully engaged in what one is doing is essential. Time appears to stand still in those moments. Educating is leading, thus pedagogy/andragogy, which also involve leading, can involve flow.
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Transformational Storytelling: The Real “State of Power” is Culture

Transformational Storytelling: The Real “State of Power” is Culture | Just Story It | Scoop.it
A growing number of people have been connecting the dots across issues ranging from political corruption and biased corporate media to anti-science propaganda promoted by the fossil fuel industry and…
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Part of my Transformational Storytelling System for businesses and leaders focuses on the ability to use storytelling to transform yourself, your company, your community -- or bigger systems like the world.

 

In order to be effective in transforming culture/community/world, awareness needs to be built around the narratives regarding business, economics, debt, power, etc. that we are all immersed in.

 

Here's a blog post that really starts talking about these narratives, offers ideas for creating shifts, and an approach to use. It's just an overview, but there are links to follow and explore more.

 

Want to make a bigger impact and leave a lasting legacy? Then dig into this article. Just be prepared to confront the uncomfortable...

 

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

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jessica benton's curator insight, February 23, 2017 2:52 PM
This relates to what we have discussed in class about culture because it mentions that the people are separated into different categories that are set by wealth and also by what the believe. I believe this article is very insightful about what the true meaning of proverty being reduced was just a fix. It is set at a superficial level. Also it talks about how it will have a "design science" for social change which i find very intriguing.
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Finding Common Ground From The World Of Storytelling

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"As I pondered these questions for my own best response to the current conflicts we face, I looked at the JIT Core Values on the wall in my office; values that lie at the foundation of how we strive to engage with each other, connect with our diverse volunteers, and create partnerships with the young people we serve."

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Two things happened to be today so far: an amazing conversation with my Mastermind group about taking Purposeful Action as business leaders, and then an email I received from one of my clients, Don Wells, Executive Director of Just In Time For Foster Youth.

 

Don shares the values of his organization and shows us how they can be used as guideposts for navigating today's realities. 

 

What I love is his connecting his organization's values to real-world national events, and a productive mindset for ALL of us going forward together. This is leadership and influence in action.

 

I was so inspired by both events that I've written a blog post sharing Don's wisdom, and offering a few practical steps to take in addition.

 

I hope you enjoy both.

 

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

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Awful Storytelling: The Top Four Mistakes Business Leaders Make

Awful Storytelling: The Top Four Mistakes Business Leaders Make | Just Story It | Scoop.it
"Sorry, let me just tell a quick story" is the fastest way to lose your audience before you even begin.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post from my colleague Paul Smith, author of Lead With A Story!

 

Here are 4 mistakes you will never want to make in your storytelling. 

 

The last one is particularly useful: not recognizing a story when you hear one. Yep -- lots of opportunity and money is left on the table because of this one.

 

Read about the other 3 mistakes and remember -- don't go there.

 

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

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