Day 2 of Story Week

Posted by Shawn Callahan - May 5, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership

Day 2 of Story Week is here. Yesterday we had a video with a big Story. Today we have a snippet, a small story of a day-to-day interaction in a workplace. Our theme for the week is leadership, so look at the story in this light. Think how you would feel in the same circumstances. And of course, please pass this on to your networks and encourage them to join the fun. The more, the merrier. N.B. We have yet to finalise a story for Friday – is there a video of a story on the theme of leadership (preferably involving a woman) that you’d like to suggest?

… we organised a workshop, it was really high pressure and done at very short notice. It ended up being a success, but the CEO was there, and I thought it was one of those things where the team had all sort of pulled together, and it could of fallen over, but it didn’t. At the end of the workshop, it had all gone well, there was a perfect window there for the CEO to come up to the team and say “Good job”. I don’t know the CEO at all, but it was a perfect opportunity for him to go and get some easy PR, or even at least say good stuff, and pass it on. But he just left. I mean, he may have had a thousand other things to do, but it was one of those things.

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2 Responses to “Day 2 of Story Week”

  1. Paul Cooper Says:

    This story was quite disturbing for the emotion of emptiness it left me with. But it resulted in me putting up a story about what I am coining “teamship” as distinct from “leadership”. I’m getting just a tad over the ego-boosting never-ending focus on alpha-male style leadership articles. How many such “great leaders” were running banks and car companies until recently?

  2. Coach Carole Says:

    This story was spoken with emotion – the keen disappointment from the leader of a team who had just demonstrated success in unknown territory – was palpable.
    It was the kind of story that most of us can find relevant in their work environment.
    It emphasises the need for real people skill development for our leaders.