Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2003 ISSN # 1545-8873
“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” — Muriel Rukeyser
“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.” — Stephen Jay Gould/p>
“There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream – whatever that dream might be.” — Pearl Buck
“The first law of story-telling. Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.” — Mrs. Ward Humphrey
“Talking with one another is loving one another.” — African proverb from Kenya
In this time of war, a suffering economy, and business survival challenges, it is easy to feel discouraged. Instead of handing out statistical reports or stacks of facts, use words to lift people up, not load them down. Portray and celebrate your history, strengths and victories with customers and employees.
If the stories going around in your organization are negative and cynical, counter them with stories in a style and tone which allows people to learn, to feel hope and pride, to see solutions and values in action.
If you are dry on stories, borrow some. Adapt them and improve upon them. Some of the works cited below are rich in leadership parables, e.g., Cheaney & Cotter (1991) and Armstrong (1992). Or take the existing stories in your organization and put a new “spin” on them.
Key Associates offers a Leadership Development course, which encompasses story-telling as a preferred mode of communication: The New Leadership.
Learn the Story Theater Method: Story Theater International.
Weaving passion into performance – dynamic solutions through storytelling and theater: StoryNet.
The National Storytelling Network is having a meeting in Chicago, July 9-13, 2003.
Pick up some stories for telling: Stories for the Telling, Riddles for the Asking.
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