Category Archives: Stories

We Shelter in Stories

In large part we understand the world around us through stories: we grow through stories (the stories of our family, our community, our culture), whilst creating our own story (our identities, our reputation), and subscribing to stories (religion, politics, organisations). … Continue reading

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Lost in the Story

A thing i love about being a father is bedtime stories: we choose a book (or two…) from the shelf and settle in, with a favourite teddy, to read together. We have special seats to do this in, special cushions … Continue reading

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Trapped in Stories

This week i am #WorkingOutLoud developing my work around Storytelling: today, some thoughts around how we are trapped in stories. How they may limit our thought, our action, even our identity and space of operation. This is not a negative … Continue reading

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How Stories Collide

As social creatures, we communicate in stories: small and safe ones to establish commonality, membership, and trust, and bigger, more complex ones, to share ideas, or in service of finding new meaning. But stories are not like bricks: when you … Continue reading

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Forging the Story

I’ve been writing about Leadership as a Social Movement, and considering how that movement is carried through a Community by waves of Storytelling. Social Leaders seek to effect change not though the application of formal power alone, imposed on a … Continue reading

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Cultural Graffiti: A 5 Day Experiment – Day 2 – Curation

Throughout this week i am sharing my latest ‘5 Day Experiment’, a structured way to explore a topic within your own Organisation. This one is about ‘Cultural Graffiti’. Feel free to share your results in the comments, on Twitter, or … Continue reading

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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. Instead of thinking about ways to push harder, or turn the … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 3 – Aggregation

This is the third in a series of 5 pieces that i am sharing that form a mini Experiment in Storytelling. Feel free to take part! Consider your Communities as incubators and filters of ideas. Some stories fly within these … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 2 – Story Handles

Day 2 of our experiment: yesterday i asked you to consider the types of power that you use within your leadership. But power does not push stories through a system: often they are picked up and pulled. So we need … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 1 – Power

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 … Continue reading

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