Storytelling Experiment: Day 4 – Amplification

I have been #WorkingOutLoud all week, sharing a 5 Day Experiment into Storytelling for Social Leadership. This is the Day 4 activity, which considers how stories may be Amplified.

The Humble Leader

Instead of thinking about ways to push harder, or turn the volume up, i want to focus on one aspect: Humility.

It might not surprise you to know that i harbour a dark secret: I love Bon Jovi. And nothing better than cranking up the volume and unpacking my air guitar as i get ready for a night out. But volume is not the only way to amplify something.

Another way is to share our uncertainty and doubt, and ask for input.

We are effective within the arms of our community, and those communities are full of people who will willingly engage, to help us: through constructive challenge, generosity, connection, or knowledge. If we earn the right.

Humility is a willingness to relinquish control, without certainty of where the story will go. But it can be viewed as weakness, or failure.

It is to act without expectation of reward, to leave everyday seeking to have invested more in others than you take out yourself.

Sure, you can push a story harder, but can you find the humility to let go of it, and let others amplify it?

What do you think about humility?


  1. Give an example of humble behaviour.
  2. How is humility rewarded, or should it ever be rewarded?
  3. Can you learn to be more humble?

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15 Responses to Storytelling Experiment: Day 4 – Amplification

  1. andreaflorescont says:

    1. When you gift a other person the oportunity to give her or his opinion and learn about it.
    2. Is a controvercial question i don’t think is necesary have a rewarded but when the time pass the live give you old the thing you’re doit good or bad and this is you’re rewarded.
    3. Yes

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  3. Wendy says:

    1. Humility begins by greeting people from good morning until we see you soon! 2. Humility does not need to be changed – it is giving without receiving anything in return. 3. Every day you learn something new. From being humble to knowing how to choose good from bad.

  4. Victor says:

    1.- When you learn to really listen to other people ideas or opinions and respect their point of view ( obviously if their point of view doesn’t harm other people in any way, shape or form)
    2.- Sonetimes is rewarded by other people, other times is not, but i think humilty is always rewarded by yourself, because ypu learn to be more kind and generous to others, and for me that’s the best reward you can get.
    3.- Yes you can always improve yourself and learn to be a better human being.

  5. mvera7 says:

    1. To recognize that the value of people and even one is in their physical, economic, educational, social, religious, and so on condition.
    2.the reward is humility in itself, a virtue that not everyone has and to which few aspire
    3. Yes

  6. Estefania says:

    1.- Ask for help when we need, usually, we try to do everything without help, but it’s okay to ask for it, I think the humility involves admit in other qualities of which we lack.
    2.- Humility doesn’t be reward! or not in a physical way, the payment will be the own satisfaction and the feeling that you do the correct.
    3.- Of curse, as a human, we make mistakes, but we can improve, and every day be better.

  7. Claudia Davila says:

    1-Give an example of humble behavior. Once, when I left school, it was cold and I saw a lady lying in a corner of a house and gave her my sweater
    2-How is humility rewarded, or should it ever be rewarded? is rewarded with what we feel by giving something
    3-Can you learn to be more humble? every day you have to learn to be better in life

  8. Danny Mendoza says:

    1# follow the leader instructions is an example of humble behavior.
    #2 I think humility should be reward because is the most beautiful and noble thing that you can do.
    #3 yes, but since kit, because I’m my opinion when a person grow and become in adult and that adult doesn’t have that value, it’s too difficult to learn it..

  9. Ebed Barrón Ramírez says:

    1. When you see an adult and you help him to pass the street or you help him carry the heavy things that he has in his hand.
    2. Simply thanking you for what you have done or acknowledging your great desire to want to help other people.
    3. Yes, I can learn.

  10. Adilene Morales says:

    1- Voy a darte un ejemplo a partir de mi experiencia personal.
    Como lo habrás notado, soy una persona que tiene la facilidad de externar todo cuanto esta pesando, lo hago sin filtros me gusta hablar y para ser sincera, de hablar o escuchar… pues prefiero hablar jajaja!!! fui mucho tiempo una maestra que llevaba siempre una misma estructura, exacto, creo que es lo que imaginas… me gustaba solo hablar y creía que aun cuando contaba 20,000 historias, estaba enseñado a la perfección.
    En mi ultimo y actual empleo, comencé a trabajar con este método que te platico, pero para mi sorpresa, mis alumnos no me escuchaban, no entendía por qué, pero luego de que me notificaran que la mayoría de ellos padecen TEA, síndrome de down, parálisis cerebral, entre otras cosas… empezó mi camino por la humildad, entendí, que debía callar para poder escuchar, pero muchas veces no sólo escuchar palabras, sino señas, escuchar el propio corazón de mis niños que me hacían llamados directos a la realidad, la oportunidad que la vida me dio de descubrir un mundo distinto,no fue sólo un regalo divino, sino una lección importante para descubrir que un cambió en mi vida (como en este caso fue en el método de enseñanza) ,no me hace débil, ni me lleva a fracasar, al contrario… me enseña que vale la pena ser humilde, descubrirnos, vale la pena reconocer el valor que tienes tú, y el ser humano que tienes en frente, me enseña que ser distintos ,atrevernos e ir contra corriente nos hace grandes a todos.

    2-si hay recompensa, pero siempre es personal… sí tu crees que “debería haber recompensa” solo puede significar dos cosas.
    -No has asumido el significado de humildad.
    – Estas esperando que alguien más te reconozca y por ende tienes un mal concepto de lo que
    esto implica.

    3- Ser humilde no es una tarea fácil, todos los días hay que trabajar para no flaquear e intentar dar lo mejor de nosotros para obtener esta cualidad.

    Adilene Morales-

  11. Ximena Valdez says:

    1-Don’t show off your assets, always be grateful
    2-with thanks
    3-yes of course

  12. Juan David Zapata Zamora says:

    1- a humble behavior can be when people like to help others, though they might not have too much
    2- I think humility is rewarded by the fact the person who is humble can be helped by others
    3- Yes, everyone can

  13. Violeta Navarro says:

    1. Acept the opinons the others peoples and give thanks, so that their ideas make your knowldege bigger.
    2. I think that the reward is for yourself and isn`t necessary to recived something.
    3. everyday you can learn.

  14. jevsss says:

    1 the simple fact of listening to someone.this could be humility for me
    2 I believe that humility should not be rewarded,we are no one to demand to be remunerated in things that we have as human beings
    3 well it all depends on my environment

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