Category Archives: Stories

Who shot the Sheriff? Why stories matter

Twenty years ago, a group of small town friends gathered in a field for a Wild West themed party. At twenty years of age, it was a rather raucous affair. This weekend, older, maybe wiser, it happened again. Age has … Continue reading

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Unearthing Organisational Stories: finding the narrative

“It’s a little wordy, is that normal in your field?” was Heidi’s response to my first draft. Her tact doing little to numb the honesty. In some areas, volume is good: boxes or chocolate and length of holidays being two … Continue reading

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Stories and Sea Shanties

There’s no denying that we all look a little bit younger in this photo: only five years ago, but so much changes (and i don’t just mean the receding hairlines and expanding waists). Rich, Cath and I still go kayaking … Continue reading

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My story runs through this place

Mine are the only footprints on this beach: stretching in front of me as i trace my return journey. I am toe to toe with myself as i wander back along the shoreline, the sun setting ruby red into the … Continue reading

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The location of stories

Cath and I have escaped to a caravan for the week to complete the writing and rehearsal of a new idea i’m working on around ‘creativity, co-creation and agility‘. We’re running a workshop in two weeks time that will cross … Continue reading

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How do stories work?

I’m just back from a weekend in the Netherlands, which included a visit to Efterling, one of the world’s oldest theme parks and home to the Enchanted Forest. As the name suggests, it’s a woodland setting for a range of … Continue reading

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Sense making and storytelling

I’ve spent this week celebrating my 750th blog post by running a series of workshops around core topics: learning design, social leadership, culture and change. These have been great fun events: sharing, learning, making new friends and catching up with … Continue reading

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