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Changing people’s minds – how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 23, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Changing people’s minds can be tough, especially when they have strongly entrenched views. It turns out that story is a powerful weapon, albeit a surprising one, that can really help turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. In September, I was running our Storytelling for Leaders program for a group of Vice Presidents of a global […]

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013 – Travel connections

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 4, 2018
Filed in Leadership Posts, Podcast

Tags: leadership, putting others first, development, rapport, culture Sometimes being a leader means putting your employees or team members first. In this episode, we hear how one of the founders of Flight Centre puts an employee first. It’s a story that we often tell when asked for a good example of leadership. We also talk […]

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The power of stories: a legal performance-enhancing substance

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 20, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Leadership Posts

Imagine if someone tells you that the single biggest thing you can do to improve your organisation’s performance in the next 12 months is to stand in front of the entire organisation and bare your soul: your vulnerabilities, your fears, the low points in your life as well as the highlights. And once you’ve done […]

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How to reduce your story anxiety

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 12, 2017
Filed in Events, Leadership Posts

Stories are stressing out our business leaders. That’s right, our leaders are getting anxious, on edge. Why? Well, as one general manager put it to me this week, ‘Everyone is talking about stories. We’re told we need to know our story—the story of our product, our program, the change we’re making. We have to find […]

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How to Inspire with Stories

Posted by  Udi Nachshon —August 7, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

The desire to inspire is one of the strongest passions in the world of management. Leaders see this as confirmation of their leadership capacity. Everyone likes to talk about inspiration, but over the many years I’ve been coaching and advising top executives, I’ve only come across a few who I believe are entitled to be […]

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Embed a new way of thinking with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 11, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Leadership Posts

As I have said before, if you want to change a work culture, you need to change the stories that are told about it. But I’ve never been a fan of the single-story approach to change. Personally, I can’t think of a time when just one amazing story transformed a company. (Some have even gone […]

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Effectively communicate ideas via stories and stop wasting time

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 27, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Time is one of my most valuable commodities. It’s probably the same for you. So anything that wastes time reduces productivity, right? And that’s something we all want to avoid. The overwhelming view of stories in business is that they waste valuable time. This is demonstrated every time I run one of our programs or […]

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Just how personal can you be when telling a connection story?

Posted by  Claire Scobie —March 17, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

People struggle with bringing in a personal element to their stories. Yet, with Connection stories, it’s important to reveal something about yourself because you are more likely to create a deeper bond with your audience. But not every personal story can be told. It’s often about finding the right story to tell the right audience to deliver […]

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The Value of Stories in Successful Project Delivery

It’s important to keep a project’s business case up-to-date throughout its life, so that the project keeps delivering value to the organisation. Stories can be used to keep a project’s purpose front-of-mind, ensuring that it stays true to the original intent. A few years ago, I found myself sitting in on a conference call with […]

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When it comes to communicating strategy, leaders are the channel

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 5, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

About 10 years ago, we started working with organisations to convert their strategies into strategy stories. It was clear right from the start that creating a compelling story was only one of the conditions for success. The other non-negotiable was that leaders had to have the skills and confidence to tell their version of the […]

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