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20 skills that are hard for leaders to master & storytelling helps with 10

20 skills that are hard for leaders to master & storytelling helps with 10 | Education, Technology, and Storytelling | Scoop.it
You have to be able to give out — and take — honest criticism.

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A reminder that integrating storytelling into training and development helps create your future leaders.
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 12, 2016 6:23 PM

I love articles like this because when I read them, I see just how many leadership skills storytelling helps with.

 

So imagine this -- by focusing on building your storytelling skills, on top of that you are building skills in at least 10 other hard-to-do areas. That's what I call being very efficient!

 

From the list in this post, here are the 10 skills storytelling will help you master:

  1. Listening
  2. Effective communication
  3. Managing expectations
  4. Coaching (story listening is also a coaching activity)
  5. Building up morale
  6. Recognizing great work (better to do through stories than examples)
  7. Better decision making (because you have better information via story listening)
  8. Team building
  9. Staying positive & enthusiastic

 

It makes sense to for leaders to pay attention to building their story skills because of the both large and small impacts they can have on people and organizations. Enjoy this post and 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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The Role of Storytelling: What Leadership Looks Like In 20 Years

The Role of Storytelling: What Leadership Looks Like In 20 Years | Education, Technology, and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future. But what about leadership? If we don’t get leadership right, [...]

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 27, 2014 2:10 PM

Here is another article on leadership that will help us chart our future and create it well.


Heaven knows, just looking at the news headlines these days reminds us how critical leadership is. And I'm not just talking at the political level. Nor am I talking about leadership at the big corporate level. I'm talking about leadership at YOUR level -- no matter where you are in your career or professional life. We are all required to be leaders today in some way, shape or form, whether we work alone or with others.


So what skills do we need to cultivate now to be awesome in the next 20? This article covers them.


Out of the 6 discussed, 4 are related to storytelling:

  1. Questions Not Answers. Effective business storytelling is NOT about 'telling'. It's about evoking stories from others and listening. Then sharing a story in return. That's the exact opposite of what is usually taught however. In order to really leverage story as a leader, it's all about mastering the Art Of The Question. Knowing the right kinds of questions to ask when is one of the secrets to the universe. No kidding. You 'gotta master this one.
  2. Employee Pull. Story is a pull technology, not a push technology. Stories pull people into your world. If you are still relating to storytelling as a push technology -- let me tell you a story so I can push my message to you -- cut it out. Pivot and work with stories as a pull technology so you are working with modern 21st Century skills.
  3. Customer Pull. Ditto #2
  4. Purpose. Got a purpose for your company that creates a positive impact on the planet? In order for Purpose to come alive, to capture the hearts/minds of people, story is your #1 vehicle for getting the job done. Get this under your belt today so you are propelled past others who are late to the game.


There are 2 other skills the author talks about in this post. For me they are long on concepts and short on examples or how-to. But they are good signposts to keep on the radar screen and find more articles research on.


OK -- I'm off to client meetings. While I'm gone doing my story thing, read the insights from this article (of which there are many) so you can start preparing today for your leadership of tomorrow.


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

Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 28, 2014 8:07 AM

Good spin and interesting 

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Self Awareness: Successful Leaders & The Kinds Of Stories They Tell

Self Awareness: Successful Leaders & The Kinds Of Stories They Tell | Education, Technology, and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Insights from Condoleezza Rice, Terry Bradshaw, and Tom Brokaw.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 7, 2016 3:12 PM

Here's a terrific post from Harvard Business Review about successful leadership, self-awareness, and storytelling. Based on 10 years of research with such notables as Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Terry Bradshaw, and Condoleezza Rice, the author articulates the 3 kinds of stories he hears from them. I'd have to agree -- I've found the same with my executives. The examples he shares are really helpful, too.

As a leader or future leader, how would you answer the question posed: "Can you identify the one person, event, or influence that made you who you are as a leader and a person?" Then use the 3 story categories to help you find your story.

 

I'd love to hear what you come up with!

 

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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Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To

Getting Leadership Support for Storytelling: How To | Education, Technology, and Storytelling | Scoop.it

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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?

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 2014 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 

michaelpohl360's curator insight, May 23, 2014 2:39 AM

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.