I am #WorkingOutLoud this week, prototyping a format of ‘5 Day Experiments’ for busy and aspiring Social Leaders. It’s not dissimilar to the approach i take in my book on ‘Social Leadership: My 1st 100 Days’, which also works on a couple of simple questions each day. Today i am sharing the Day 1 activity, which considers the type of power we use most often within our storytelling.
Stories carry power. Not all the same type of power, but different types. Some of these amplify each other, whilst others negate or deny. Consider these types of power:
- Some carry formal power, broadcast down from on high, within a hierarchy [an order from above]
- Some stories carry authority based in specific expertise [a diagnosis from a Doctor]
- Some carry reputation based power, carried on the shoulders of past achievements [Sir David Attenborough talking about climate change].
- Some stories carry a power BECAUSE they oppose a dominant narrative [Great Thunberg opposing climate change].
- Some stories carry power that is held in their conformity to an established narrative [Veterans Day/Remembrance Sunday, a national story].
- Some stories carry power through authenticity, the lived experience that cannot be cheated [Malala Yousafzai]
- Some stories carry power because we choose to believe in them [Religious foundation stories]
- Some carry power through data, evidence based stories [your bank balance]
- What type of power do you find most effective in your storytelling?
- Which type of power do you use most frequently?
- Which of these types of power do you never use?