The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has produced an excellent little book called the Story Guide: Building Bridges Using Narrative Techniques. It’s filled with a range of techniques for collecting and using stories in an organisational setting. I’m a bit of a collector of questions so I was delighted to see their list of questions for finding stories.
“Tell me about a time when …” Tell me about a moment when …”
- you or your project faced a dilemma in a project
- you or your team experienced a significant turning point
- you dealt with a real crisis on a project. What happened before, during and after it?
- you felt really proud to be part of something
- you took a real risk and it paid off or didn’t pay off
- you were really inspired by what was going on around you
- you encountered an obstacle and overcome it
- you saw (one of your organisation’s values) really brought to life/being acted out
- your partnerships were working really well
- you saw positive changes happen as a result of your work
Colton, S., S. Ward, et al. (2006). Story Guide: Building Bridges Using Narrative Techniques, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
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